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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Frank & Mark Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Frank & Mark is a platform game. During the holidays twin brothers Frank and Mark come across a castle. The...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Mr. Stein is keen to build monsters, using the bones he has throughout his mansion. Each time he must collect...

ZX Spectrum (2011)

Frank N Stein Re-booted is a highly improved re-work of the classic ZX-Spectrum game Frank N Stein, produced by the...

Franko: The Crazy Revenge Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Amiga (1994)

Alex and Franko were a pair of great friends, born in times where Poland was morphing from communist country into...

Frank's Adventure Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

Boobs Illustrated – a local nude magazine – is having problems because there are not enough pictures of nude women...

Frank's Adventure 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

A couple of weeks after saving Boobs Illustrated, Frank is back and he is assigned on another picture hunting, this...

Frank's Adventure 3 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Seeing how Frank saved the Boobs United magazine by providing original material for the previous issue, the mayor of Metro...

VIC-20 (1983)

Frantic is a 1st person shooter where you are being pulled by gravity downwards on a moon of the planet...

SNES (1996)

Frantic Flea has the player take control of a flea warrior out to protect his Flea World from an evil...

Commodore 64 (1983)

In Frantic Freddie your goal is to clear all of the buckets of gold from each single screen level. Each...

Frantic Freddie Returns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Frantic Freddie Returns is a remake of C64 game Frantic Freddie. The task is to collect all the apples. A...

ColecoVision (1983) and Spectravideo (1983)

A tall building is on fire, and while all the human inhabitants seem to be safe, their cats are trapped...

Commodore 64 (2011)

Not to be confused with the quite famous Frantic Freddie, this is an unofficial C64 port of the lesser-known Spectravideo...

Frantic Frog Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

In Frantic Frog the players controls Hopkins the frog who is trying to eat enough bugs to survive the harsh...

DOS (1993)

Frantis: Mission II is a side-scrolling platform game which continues the story of MegaDestroyer Frantis. As the main character's craft...

Frantix PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Frantix is a puzzle-based adventure game for PSP. It features over 180 different levels. Playing as one of the heroes,...

Fraxxon J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2002)

Playing as starfighter pilot Jake Striker of the Global Alliance, you are the final line of defense on a moon-based...

MSX (1990), PC-88 (1991) and PC-98 (1991)

Fray In Magical Adventure is a side-story in the Xak series. The events of the game are parallel to those...

Fray in Magical Adventure CD: Xak Gaiden TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

This version of Fray in Magical Adventure differs from the original MSX and subsequent computer releases in several ways. It...

Apple II (1982)

The player's star fighter has become trapped by an energy barrier, surrounding the playfield on all sides. The culprits, a...

Frazzled Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Colored balls bounce from the distance towards you. You must use the arrow keys to move the catcher to catch...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Agent One of the Galactic Police Force and you have been sent to a large factory to stop...

Freak Out: Extreme Freeride Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007) and PSP (2007)

Freak Out: Extreme Freeride is an arcade skiing game, focused on performing tricks and stunts. The main mode is Mission,...

Freaky Flyers PlayStation 2 Front Cover

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

This cartoon style racing game replaces the usual kart formula with planes (and all sorts of flying technology, such as...

Fred ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

You are Fred, an intrepid archaeologist, interested in visiting the pyramid of Tootiecarmoon looking for a new experience, and in...

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