Action

Description

In action games players are required to have good reflexes and quick reaction in order to overcome challenges. Action games typically focus on combat, during which the player must press buttons or keys rapidly or in timed intervals in order to execute attacks and other moves. Non-combat challenges may include avoiding traps, jumping, running, completing tasks within a pressing time limit, etc.

Common action sub-genres are shooters, fighting, and platform games.

Though most racing / driving, sports, and many simulation games contain action-oriented gameplay, they can be considered action games only if they specifically emphasize arcade-like, reflex-based gameplay.

Action games may include extensive non-violent exploration and/or puzzle-solving, or combine themselves with other genres, e.g. role-playing or driving.

Quick thinking is often required to succeed in action games; however, games that specifically emphasize quick thinking over reflexes are usually real-time strategy or puzzle games.
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Elixir Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The starting point of Elixir is an ancient prophecy about a long extinct tribe, the Ingoles, which were brutally murdered...

El Matador Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

A new narcotics cartel destroyed the local DEA-office in Bogotá. And now as DEA special agent Victor Corbet, codename El...

El Matador (Games Convention 2006 Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

You play as Victor Corbet, nickname El Matador, a special agent employed by the DEA. Your goal is it to...

PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Elm Knight is set in a futuristic world, dominated by the totalitarian regime of the Empire, which hunts down the...

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The story of El Shaddai takes place in a fantastical interpretation of biblical themes, taking primary inspiration from the apocryphal...

ZX Spectrum (2014)

You are El Stompo, TV repair thing of some considerable repute. Your job is to fix all TVs on each...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is a side-scrolling platform adventure title developed by THQ. The game is based...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

The Black Witch has been caught and burnt until there was nothing left along with her possessions. An Elf creeps...

Elves in Paradise: Elf Bowling 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The Great Elf Strike of 1999 brought the North Pole to it's knees. Several demands had to be met like...

El Viento Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

In 1930s New York, a dark cult plans the resurrection of their master, the Dark Prince Hastur, in order to...

Elvira: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

A platform game starring the well-known Mistress of the dark popularized by Horror Soft's RPGs, Elvira: The Arcade Game consists...

Windows (2002)

There are many merchandise articles about Elvis and one of them is a "Jiggle-Elvis" which played an important part in...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Emaze, short for electronic maze puts the player in a rapidly changing electronic maze. The goal is to find the...

Emberwind Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Emberwind is a fantasy retro platformer inspired by the 8-bit era of games. It is set in the land of...

The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil is a vertical-scrolling shooter, the sixth official game in the Tōhō series, and the first...

Macintosh (2005) and Browser (2005)

This Italian game has an unusual theme -- advocating for stem-cell research against the concerns of the religious establishment. The...

Embryo Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

A very long time ago, aliens planted a few offsprings on Earth's ocean grounds until they grow strong. However, humanity...

ZX81 (1986)

Em Busca dos Tesouros (commonly referred to as Treasure Hunter in English) is a platformer similar to Pitfall!. Like in...

Emerald Mine Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

A conversion of the classic Boulder Dash game. The player is deep down in a cave and has to collect...

Amiga (1990)

Emerald Mine 3 Professional is an Boulder Dash variant and features no gameplay changes in comparison to its predecessor. The...

Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1989)

Emerald Mine II is an Boulder Dash variant and features no gameplay changes in comparison to its predecessor besides the...

Emerald Mines Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Emerald Mines CD contains the Boulder Dash-clone Emerald Mine and a collection of 177 level sets for it, each...

Emergency Mayhem Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In Emergency Mayhem, the player takes control of the emergency services of a metropolis aptly named Crisis City. The player...

DOS (1986)

Not your everyday genre-crossover: this game fuses an arcade space shooter with a... medical simulation. You command a patrolling space...

Emergency Rescue: Firefighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

As the name suggests, you control a group of firefighters in a "Sims" like environment, and must complete tasks, mainly...

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