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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Fire and Forget DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Restore peace on earth and collect a high score while doing so in the first one of the Fire and...

DOS (1989)

Fire and Ice is a single player, space shooter.The player flies their craft over an alien landscape shooting enemy ships...

Fire Ant Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

You control an ant that must rescue the queen ant taken hostage by a group of scorpions. She is being...

Fireball Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Fireball is an arcade action game similar to Breakout. The player controls a juggler who needs to keep multiple fireballs...

Atari 8-bit (2008)

Fireball 1k was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 1k size category.In this...

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

You are Piggo the firefighter and your job is to put out the fires caused by the Firebird. You control...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

Firebird is a side view single screen shooter where you have to blast Fuel Cells and giant birds to destroy...

Fireblade PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

An elite anti-terrorist force, Fireblade has been mobilized to take care of a dangerous terrorist group known as "United Eastern...

Fireblaster Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Fireblaster is a Space Invaders style shoot'em up with enemies moving in different patterns on each level. The player can...

Apple II (1982)

Firebug is a lo-res graphics, action game where the objective is to pop open cans of gasoline and ignite them...

Firebugs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Welcome to the Firebugs racing season, where teams of different worlds send their best racer to compete for fame and...

Firedragon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

The player controls the horizontal movement of a juvenile dragon on a stony outcropping, moving left to right following the...

Fired Up PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

In Fired Up, you take on the role of various members of a resistance cell in an attempt to stop...

Macintosh (1993)

Firefall Arcade is a fixed screen shoot 'em up similar to Centipede. The player controls his ship at the bottom...

Fire Fight Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Isometric 8-way scrolling shoot 'em up. Taking control of a low flying space craft players must hunt out key objectives...

Fire Fighter Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

In this game you play the role of a fireman who has to rescue babies from burning buildings. The gameplay...

Fire Fighter Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

A local warehouse has caught fire, and you're the fire fighter who has to come to the rescue! Your goal...

Firefighter F.D. 18 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Firefighter F.D. 18 is your basic action/adventure game with a twist. Instead on monsters, the game's main protagonist Dean McGregor...

Firefighters 2014: The Simulation Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Firefighters 2014 is a game that simulates the life of firefighters. The main campaign consists of a number of days...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

In the game, you, as commander of the Firefly, must destroy the 'mechanoid system framework' that your enemy has created...

Fire Fly Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

After your interplanetary craft accidentally enters a black hole, you find yourself in a different universe. This world is inhabited...

Fire Force Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

This shoot 'em up scrolls horizontally with gameplay on a number of different levels, similarly to Green Beret. You play...

Fire & Forget II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1991), SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Part two in the Fire and Forget series, best described as Crazy Cars (also by Titus) with weapons in a...

Arcade (1984)

Firefox is a first-person shooter game based on the 1982 film (itself based on the 1977 novel), which plot revolves...

VIC-20 (1983)

Fire Galaxy is a clone of Konami's Scramble, with pieces of its follow-up Super Cobra added.The premise is the same...

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