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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Commodore 64 (1984)

Exodus is a single screen shooter where your task is to stop creatures and objects from escaping 'The Pit', an...

Exodus from the Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The year is 2016 and it is suddenly discovered that Earth is in trouble. In less than 20 years, the...

Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), Genesis (1993) and NES (1991)

In Exodus you need to guide Moses through 100 different levels in order to reach the promised land. The gameplay...

Odyssey 2 (1983) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

In Exojet + the player controls a spaceship which has gone astray during a reconnaissance mission to an unknown planet...

Exolon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

This action game combines shoot 'em up and platform elements, as you control a flying man who can gain an...

Exolon DX Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Exolon DX is a remake of the classic Exolon on the ZX Spectrum.You are a cyborg named Vitorc and must...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Exorcist is a Pac-Man variant. The player takes control of Sparkie, a blobby yet spikey character who is lost in...

Genesis (1995)

Based on the American animated television series of the same name that ran between 1993 and 1994, this game puts...

Expect No Mercy Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

Based on the movie by the same name, Expect no Mercy follows the same plot. In a future world, The...

The Expendables 2 Videogame Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

The Expendables 2 Videogame is a third-person shooter and a tie-in for the 2012 The Expendables 2 action movie. The...

The Expendabros Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

The Expendabros is a 2D side-scrolling platform game with destructible terrain. The game is an official crossover between the game...

Experiment 12 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

In this prison, they do many experiments. Participation is voluntary but encouraged, as successful completion of an experiment will be...

Experiment 13 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Experiment 12 was a success, it seems. What's next? Experiment 13, where even more deadly hazards await the inmates trying...

Expert PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

An unknown terrorist force has taken the high-tech Intelligent Building hostage, along with everyone inside. The elite counter-terrorist team Expert...

Explodemon! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The peaceful planet Nibia is under attack from Vortex invasion armies. Attempts to contact the Guardian outpost of Arbor prove...

Windows (2003)

Explodin Crapola: Helicopter Cacophony II is an action game, where the player controls a helicopter and must perform several missions,...

Exploding Fist + Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

As with IK+, the main addition of this Way of the Exploding Fist follow-up is a third player during the...

Windows (1999)

Exploding Lips is a 3D shooter similar to Doom. A terrifying race of aliens who look like giant floating lips...

Commodore 64 (1990)

Exploding Wall is inspired by the arcade game Arkanoid where you control a bat at the bottom of the screen,...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Your aim in this single screen platform game spread over 15 levels is to collect all the money that was...

Explorer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

After attempting to simulate orienteering with The Forest, Graham Relph takes things a step further by creating a game-world with...

EXPLORER ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2015)

EXPLORER is a vertical scrolling shooter inspired by "Caverns of Mars" for Atari 2600. Explore deep space, guide your ship...

Express Raider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Your aim in life is to be the greatest train robber in the Wild West, a multi-stage task. Your character...

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

The screen display in Extase depicts a symmetrical network of wires, some buttons, some fuses, some switches, and a picture...

Windows (2007)

Exteel is an on-line sci-fi third person shooter where giant Mechanaughts battle each other using both melee and ranged weaponry....

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