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 King DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Commodore 64 (1989)

The city of Stormhaven Bay was once enjoying prosperity, protected by the balance of four elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and...

Firelord Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

The land of Torot has been oppressed by the Evil Queen; fortunately you (as Sir Galaheart) are on hand to...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Fireman Sam is based on the British animated children's TV show where you are Fireman Sam himself and you must...

The Firemen SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

You play as a firefighter, together, you and your squad are sent in into a big building which is on...

Genesis (1991)

Fire Mustang is a fast side-scrolling shooter set during World War II. The player controls a P-51D Mustang plane through...

Arcade (1979)

Fire One! is a game that allows you to look through a periscope on a submarine and fire torpedoes at...

Fire Power DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1989) and Apple IIgs (1989)

A top-down view of two tanks battling it out trying to blast their way into each other's fortress. Guns, helicopters,...

Fire Power Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Fire Power is a side-scrolling platform shooter. The player directs the character of commando soldier John Wesson-Smith. Commando is the...

Firepower 2000 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Genesis (1994)

A secret "underground race" on an island in the mid-Atlantic ocean has stolen top military vehicles and equipment from around...

Commodore 64 (1984)

After his quest for food in the game Ugh!, you once again take the role of Ugh the Caveman as...

Fire Rescue MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984)

In this platform game you control a mouse who is a fire fighter and that has to rescue mice out...

Fire Shark Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Fire Shark takes place around a small island in the South Pacific. It is a continuously-scrolling aerial shooter with a...

Windows (2006)

Firestart is a remake of Project Firestart, an early 'survival horror' title, released in 1989 on the Commodore 64.The setting...

Firestarter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In the year 2010 video games have evolved from consoles to virtual reality playing machines. The only problem is computer...

Fire Stone Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Fire Stone is a puzzle game similar to Boulder Dash. The aim is to collect the right amount of gems...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Firestorm is a top-down shooter, but the game requires a bit of thinking. The titular hero is able to create...

Firestriker SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

A long time ago the kingdoms of wind, fire, earth and water competed for the Trialight, a weapon created by...

FireTeam Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

FireTeam is the first-of-its-kind, team-oriented combat action game with live over-the-Internet voice communication. You play in to three teams of...

Commodore 64 (1987) and BBC Micro (1987)

Pirates took possession over a part of space and founded eight colonies. The player's mission as Earth's delegate is to...

FireTrap Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

A girl is trapped on the top floor of 16 burning skyscrapers, and as a firefighter, your mission is to...

Firewind DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The dominators are the most powerful but also most ruthless force in the universe and are determined to destroy all...

Windows (2001)

Fireworks 2 is the sequel to Fireworks. It is a 2D shooter on a single, non-scrolling screen, similar in gameplay...

Fire Zone Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Fire Zone takes place in the 2130, when the inner opposition has joined the forces with aliens and kidnapped the...

Firo & Klawd Windows Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1998), Windows 3.x (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

In the depths of New York City live two animal cop characters living out their own dreams (Firo, an orange...

First Battalion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

This action-orientated game takes you through 18 missions taking place throughout the WWII. Six Missions per side (Americans, Russians and...

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