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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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DOS (1986)

For all armchair quarterbacks, subLOGIC's football is an in depth strategy/action football game complete with full rosters of (fictional) players....

Football TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1980)

Football for the Color Computer is your normal American style game. It allows players to pick offense/defense plays along with...

Forbes Corporate Warrior Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Forbes Corporate Warrior uses the first person shooter genre as a metaphor for the cutthroat business world. The premise is...

Forbidden Forest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

This game is one of Paul Norman's first creations. You are in the middle of what is called the Forbidden...

Forbidden Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Return to the Forbidden Forest in this update of the classic Commodore 64 game. Experience the terrors and thrills of...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Evil Lord has set up a system of defences on the Forbidden Planet, to help him return to power....

Forbidden Siren 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The sequel to the Siren survival horror game puts you again in control of several characters. The game takes place...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

In Force Seven, the player is in charge of a specially trained squadron which consists of seven crew members, all...

FORCED Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2013)

In FORCED, the player takes the role of a slave who becomes a gladiator in order to gain freedom. But...

Windows (1997)

Forced Alliance is a space combat simulation. In the game, you play a pilot who is a member of a...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In the year 2430 there is a great war being fought amongst the stars called the 2nd Solar War. Deep...

Ford Racing 3 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

The handheld versions of Ford Racing 3 allow players to race in a number of Ford-licensed cars, from classics (Model...

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood is an action-based, stylistic third-person shooter. As the sole surviving member of a Foreign Legion...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Ah, you poor woodcutter. You just want to cut some wood to sell so your family can eat but an...

Forever Kingdom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Forever Kingdom is the prequel to Evergrace set directly before those events. The player controls Darius (the main character), Ruyan...

Forge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Forge is a class-based multiplayer action game. The story justification for the fighting is that a few gods need to...

Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Centuries ago two unspeakably evil forces were entrapped in a Demon Stone while battling each other. Now three adventurers happen...

J2ME (2004)

Forgotten Warrior is an action game which came pre-installed on certain models of Samsung mobile phones. The premise of the...

Forgotten Worlds Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Forgotten Worlds features two characters known as The Nameless Ones, who both look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, one even has a...

Formation Armed F TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Formation Armed F is a vertically scrolling shooter. The basic gameplay principle offers no surprises: shooting a lot of aliens...

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1984)

The player competes in a marathon continuous scrolling horizontal shoot-em-up game across land, sea, air and outer space. You can...

Formula 1 Sensation NES Front Cover

NES (1993)

This 3D racing game featuring Formula 1 cars and circuits. Besides a racing a F1 grand prix championship you can...

NES (1990)

Formula One: Born To Win is a career racing game. The player begins with a Mini Cooper and claws up...

Forsaken Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Earth has been rendered largely uninhabitable by an explosion caused by a bungled experiment. Few would dare to brave its...

Fort Apocalypse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

The war with the Kralthans is on, and they've taken prisoners. These people must be rescued from the Draconis caves...

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