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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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Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

One of the first Speedball clones takes the basic court layout of basketball as its inspiration. There are 5 players...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Future Bike Simulator is a futuristic action game set in 1999. The government forbid motorcycles and so the billionaire Finnius...

Future Classics Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1990)

The Future Classics Collection is a collection of five distinctly-themed games that stress action and strategy equally. The programmers of...

Future Cop L.A.P.D. Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998), PSP (2012), Macintosh (1998) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Take control of a transforming mech in Los Angeles and clean up the crime that is running rampant throughout. Use...

DOS (1995)

Future Dimensions is an old-school shooter: Park your thumb on the first fire button to spray your shots and use...

Future Games ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

One of the first future sport simulations, Future Games involves five tough events on the surface of the moon. After...

Future Knight Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You control Future Knight and your space craft has crashed on a remote and hostile planet and the aliens took...

Amiga (1995)

The plot of Future Space can be summed up easily: Evil aliens attack Earth and the player, in the role...

Amiga (1988)

Future Tank is a one or two player shoot 'em up which lets you control a tank from a bird's...

Browser (2006)

Futuristic Arenas is a single-player first-person shooter. The player competes against five AI-controlled characters in a deathmatch tournament. The tournament...

NES (1987)

Fūun Shaolin Ken is a kung fu fighting game staged in ancient China. The player stars as a lone martial...

NES (1988)

The sequel to Fūun Shaolin Ken puts you back in the shoes of a young martial arts master that sets...

Fu'un Super Combo PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This is a compilation of the two games in the Savage Reign / Fu'un series: Savage Reign Kizuna Encounter: Super...

Fuzion Frenzy Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2001) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Fuzion Frenzy is a party game with six arenas and more than 45 different mini-games for up to four players...

Fuzion Frenzy 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Fuzion Frenzy 2 is an arcade-action party game with over 40 futuristic mini games, from sports challenges to thrilling battles....

MSX (1986)

Fuzzball is your average Q*Bert clone, not straying very far from the original implementation. The pyramid is here, unlike many...

Fuzzball Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991)

A lot of creatures called fuzzballs, are released in an old wizards castle by his young apprentice. The young man...

NES (1991)

The world of Funny is facing troubled times. The Dimensional Stone, which offered protection to this world, was stolen. The...

FX Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

FX Fighter is a 3D fighting game similar to Virtua Fighter by SEGA. You choose one of the eight comic...

FX Fighter Turbo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Fight a series of adversaries in one-on-one combat to save the universe from Rigel, again. This sequel to 1995's FX...

F-Zero GX GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Join Captain Falcon and a host of drivers from around the galaxy in this, the return of F-Zero.Along with the...

Windows (1996)

An add on to Fury³ for Windows, this adds additional levels to the game. Graphics and gameplay are identical in...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

The game is a combination of two genres, platformer and quiz game. Gadget, the main character, has invented a time...

Genesis (1992)

Late one night, the malevolent Thump enters the Gadget Kingdom's castle and steals the Gadget King's gem. The king wakes...

SEGA Master System (1993)

Gaegujangi Kkachi is a Korean-made platform game starring Kkachi, the rebellious kid and the protagonist of Lee Hyun-se's cartoon A...

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