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Action

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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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Freestyle Street Soccer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2004)

Freestyle Street Soccer known as Urban Freestyle Soccer in Europe is, as the name implies, a Freestyle soccer-game in an...

Free Trader Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Aye, she's a beautiful ship. Sublight Ion Drives, Gamma-Ray Lasers, Rifter Pods that can rip space itself -- not to...

Freeway Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1981)

In Freeway, your job is to help the chicken cross the road! Each time you successfully guide the chicken across...

Freeway Fury Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

In Freeway Fury the player is a daredevil jumping from car to car at high speed, striving to get as...

Free Will Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Free Will is a side-scrolling platform game with a twist. In the game you have to free Will, who's at...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

This action game takes its basic gameplay from Pengo, with 10 different speeds of play. It sets you as a...

Arcade (1984)

Player is an astronaut who must go on a dangerous mission deep beneath the surface of a frozen planet. Inside...

Frenesis Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Frenesis is a 40 level game where you have to protect a cross in the middle of the screen stretching...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The Earth has been under siege by evil aliens from the planet MOZONE for centuries. The planet can not be...

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Fren-ze is a fast-paced bullet hell shooter. Originally released as a hidden PS2 game on a covermount disc, it was...

Frenzy ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Frenzy is the sequel to Berzerk and gameplay is similar. You are chased around a maze of rooms by various...

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

There is a frenzy in a scientific research center. Darting leptons, deadly sub-atomic particles, are running free in laboratory rooms,...

PlayStation (1998)

Frenzy is a 3D shoot 'em up in which the player controls a small biplane. Flying through the levels the...

Frequency PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

A rhythm and music game -- played using audio triggers instead of visual triggers. The goal is to piece together...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Frequon Invaders is so unique that it's hard to describe. Even a cursory glance at the screenshot will make you...

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

At 35 and single, life is bland and repetitive for our hero. Then, one day, he hears a voice coming...

Fret Nice PSP Front Cover

PSP (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Fret Nice is a platformer with musical elements that can be played with a regular or a guitar controller. Choosing...

Friction Mobile Android Front Cover

Android (2008)

Friction Mobile is a puzzle game based on the Flash game Gimme Friction Baby. The player uses a rotating cannon...

Friday the 13th NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Based on the popular movie franchise, Friday the 13th casts you as one of six camp counselors (three girls or...

Friday the 13th Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Jason Voorhees is hiding in the forest, waiting to avenge his mother's death, when a party of teenagers visit the...

Friendly Fire: Blood and Gore Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Friendly Fire: Blood and Gore is a short shooting platformer of six levels. The player's character, a yellow man wearing...

PC Booter (1983)

A set of 8 games that are designed to be played on the original IBM PC computer of the time....

Friends (Always Stick Together) Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

The children of the tortoise and the hare have decided to set aside their traditional family differences and go off...

Frightmare Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

This is a platform-game, where you play as a man who's experiencing a horrible nightmare. And if you die in...

Fright Night Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Fright Night is based on the 1985 Columbia Pictures movie of the same name. You play vampire Jerry Dandridge in...

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