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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Eric and the Floaters MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), PC-88 (1983), Sharp X1 (1983), FM-7 (1983) and PC-6001 (1983)

The first title in the Bomberman series, released as Eric and the Floaters in the UK, introduces the gameplay concept...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Erik is a platform game that scrolls vertically but not horizontally. The titular hero is a friendly viking whose peaceful...

J2ME (2007)

In this time management game, the player takes the role of a junior doctor tasked with saving lives in the...

NES (1987)

Erunaaku No Zaihou is a simplistic arcade game played from an overhead view. The player controls a man who wants...

Eryi's Action Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2011)

Once there lived a fairy named Eryi who just loved to eat melons. One day she planned to chow down...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Escalador Loco is, as its title indicates (literally, a Spanish translation of Crazy Climber), an unofficial version of the classic...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1982)

Inside a distant valley was a maze cut off from civilisation where many explorer as entered but never returned to...

Windows (1997)

There has been a radiation leak at a top secret research facility and people are being transformed into monsters. As...

Escape Dead Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Escape Dead Island is a spin-off from the main Dead Island series, outside of the main canon, and it is...

Escapee Go! iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and Nintendo DSi (2010)

Awakening in a cell with no memory of who you are save for your name, Claire, you hear a voice...

Escape from Bug Island Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Bug Island is a island full of bugs and the perfect place for Michelle, who is majoring in insect physiology,...

Amiga (1991)

Loosely based around the Gibson Games board-game, you are in control of a team of 4 POWs – a Brit,...

Escape from CyberCity CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1992)

In the near future, the Earth is under attack by the evil Guardian Forces. After the attack, only a few...

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Escape from Doomworld is a three part game where you are tasked to rescue as many Scientists from the planet...

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...

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