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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ZX81 (1983)

Escape From Manhattan is a game inspired by the movie Escape From New York. The year is 1999 and Manhattan...

DOS (1994)

Escape from Markana is a single-player "escape the maze"-type game. The player takes the role of a hero who has...

Browser (2012)

Escape from Melakka is a fast-paced retro-style 2D side-scrolling platformer set in dungeons, crypts and castles. The player controls a...

Escape from Monster Manor 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1993)

The undead have been unleashed upon the world. Only a holy talisman can destroy them, but it has been broken...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Escape from Paradise is a platformer where the screen scrolls when you move the hero Joe, who has decided to...

Escape from Paradise City Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Paradise City is a cruel city ruled by a gangster-organisation more powerful than anything the NSA has seen before. Known...

Escape from Rehab Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Escape from Rehab is a strangely broken flash-based browser game to promote the film Disaster Movie. An entire city is...

Escape from Rungistan Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982), PC-88 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

While trying to sneak across the border to Rungistan you were caught and thrown in jail. You must use all...

Windows (2001)

Deep underground, an evil turkey called Kuku De-Mon plotted revenge on the entire chicken kingdom, based on a myth that...

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), SAM Coupé (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters has the player sent on a rescue mission to Planet X. This...

Windows (2010)

Escape from the Underworld is a platformer with a large focus on exploration. It was made for the Indie Kombat...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Your mission was to go to a Galaxy to befriend an unfriendly race of aliens, but when you arrive in...

Escape Goat Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2013) and Browser (2012)

Escape Goat is a puzzle platformer where a goat needs to reach the exit in different rooms that each consists...

Escape Goat 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

In Escape Goat 2, the successor to the browser game Escape Goat, you will find yourself in another dungeon, and...

Escape Plan PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Escape Plan is a black-and-white side-scrolling platformer based entirely around solving puzzles. In the game, the player controls the flimsy...

escapeVektor PS Vita Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Vektor is a hacker who has been trapped in the CPU of the system for longer than he remembers and...

Escape Velocity Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1996)

Escape Velocity is an open-ended, role-playing arcade game set in a future where interstellar space travel has allowed mankind to...

Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

In Escape Velocity Nova (EVN) the player takes the role of a starship captain, warping from system to system, trading...

Macintosh (1998)

This space trading simulation sequel uses extended features of the original game engine. It has a new story in a...

Amiga (1996)

Eskadra is an action side-scrolling flight shooter. The game begins with the conflict of three neighbors. The storm destroyed the...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Eskimo Eddie is an arcade adventure set in the Ice Age. The game is split into two levels. The first...

The Eskimo Fishing Trip Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Eskimo Fishing Trip is a freeware, open-source arcade game where the main objective is to use a fishing rod...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Eskimo Games takes the winter sports multi-event format and emphasises the winter rather than the sports. Operation Snowball is similar...

Esoteria: Techno-Assassin of the Future Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Esoteria is a third person shooter, with emphasis on stealth and sniping. This is the only game that made it...

PC-98 (1994)

E.S.P. is a side-scrolling shooter. There is no plot in the game - the player controls a robot-like flying device,...

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