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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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Flying Ace Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1983) and PC-88 (1984)

Supply chain disruption is the goal of this side-scroller. Loop around in your sturdy biplane and strafe enemy trucks rolling...

Flying Brothers iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Flying Brothers borrows the concept of the freeware game The Amazing Flying Brothers (later also revisited as the multiplayer game...

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Flying Dragon is a side-view battle game reminiscent of 16-bit titles. It features eight characters to choose from with two...

Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll  NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Wii U (2014)

The grand master Juan was robbed of the secret scrolls of Hiryu-no-Ken, which is the ultimate kung-fu stance that gives...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Flying Feathers is a side view single screen shooter where you are a warden in a boat on the bottom...

Flying Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Take your favorite air mount creature and do Air Battles against other sky pilots in this fantasy 3D shooter, which...

Flying Leo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Take to the skies aboard one of Leonardo da Vinci's legendary flying machines in Flying Leo. As the titular Leo...

Flying Red Barrel ~Diary of a Little Aviator~ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Flying Red Barrel is a top-down, vertically-scrolling bullet hell shooter with planes. The story revolves around the Blue Sky Union,...

Flying Saucer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You are Boon, a military pilot, who lives together with Emily in a house somewhere in the USA. Your brother...

Flying Saucers TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1979)

The problem: years of launching spy satellites have filled the sky so much that plane travel is limited to Wednesdays...

DOS (1994)

Flying Tigers is a simple overhead shooter in the spirit of Raiden and Raptor. In the year 2047, a terrorist...

DOS (1994)

Obviously a sequel to Flying Tigers, this game makes us the pilot of a hi-tech ship, known as "Flying Tiger"....

The Flying Trapeezees Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Flying Trapeezees is an arcade game with a 19th century theme, where the player controls a flying acrobat with...

NES (1990)

The game is about a team of superheroes called the Flying Warriors who have to fight a demon before he...

Fly'N Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Fly'N is a 2D puzzle platform game. The player controls a bud, a small creature that needs to save the...

BREW (2005), J2ME (2004), ExEn (2004) and DoJa (2004)

Flynn is a small dwarf protecting the world of dreams from evil creatures sent by a new pirate-tyrannic beast coming...

Windows (2004)

Flyonoid is a 2D platform game where hordes of alien scum attacked the little green planet. These monstrous creatures harassed...

Windows (2002)

FlyOrDie GemJam is a Boulder Dash clone. The protagonist is a dragon miner exploring caves full of dangers, obstacles, pitfalls...

Windows (2007)

Flyout is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up written for the Shmup-Dev Autofire 2007 competition. The player controls a small ship flying up...

DOS (1983)

Flyswat, as the descriptive title conveys, simulates an everyday activity that's decidedly less fun than what's usually associated with games:...

Windows (2007)

In this fast-paced game, players control the space ship Flywrench number 6802. It is instructed to visit different planet gates...

Windows (2007) and Browser (2007)

flywrenchpong is a simple Pong variant, incorporating the movement mechanics from Flywrench, and Flap-Ping by the same developer.In games of...

Windows (2003)

Space beetles are attacking your space stations and you are the only hope for defending it.You are driving an unarmed...

Focus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2011)

Focus is a fast-paced action platformer set in different non-scrolling rooms. Players control a small, white creature that is only...

Windows (2006)

Both the cat Fole and the monkey Raul loves to collect bananas. Now they have found an enormous banana filled...

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