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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Commodore 64 (1987)

In the year 2430 there is a great war being fought amongst the stars called the 2nd Solar War. Deep...

Ford Racing 3 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

The handheld versions of Ford Racing 3 allow players to race in a number of Ford-licensed cars, from classics (Model...

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Foreign Legion: Buckets of Blood is an action-based, stylistic third-person shooter. As the sole surviving member of a Foreign Legion...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Ah, you poor woodcutter. You just want to cut some wood to sell so your family can eat but an...

Amiga (1995)

Forest Dumb is a side-scrolling platform game. The aim for the player is to reach the designated number of coins...

Amiga (1996)

Forest Dumb Forever is a side-scrolling platform game and the sequel of Forest Dumb. The action has been moved from...

Browser (2003)

Forest Flyer is a Flash game used to promote the movie BIONICLE: Mask of Light - The Movie. In the...

The Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

The Forest is a first-person open-world sandbox survival horror game, with no set missions or quests. The game starts with...

Forever Kingdom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Forever Kingdom is the prequel to Evergrace set directly before those events. The player controls Darius (the main character), Ruyan...

Forge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Forge is a class-based multiplayer action game. The story justification for the fighting is that a few gods need to...

Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone Windows Front Cover

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

Centuries ago two unspeakably evil forces were entrapped in a Demon Stone while battling each other. Now three adventurers happen...

J2ME (2004)

Forgotten Warrior is an action game which came pre-installed on certain models of Samsung mobile phones. The premise of the...

Forgotten Worlds Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Forgotten Worlds features two characters known as The Nameless Ones, who both look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, one even has a...

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike is a vertical-scrolling puzzle platformer game starring publisher Devolver Digital's mascot/fictive CFO Fork Parker. Company...

Formation Armed F TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Formation Armed F is a vertically scrolling shooter. The basic gameplay principle offers no surprises: shooting a lot of aliens...

Formation Z NES Front Cover

Windows (2004), NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1984)

The player competes in a marathon continuous scrolling horizontal shoot-em-up game across land, sea, air and outer space. You can...

Formula 1 Sensation NES Front Cover

NES (1993)

This 3D racing game featuring Formula 1 cars and circuits. Besides a racing a F1 grand prix championship you can...

NES (1990)

Formula One: Born To Win is a career racing game. The player begins with a Mini Cooper and claws up...

Forsaken Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Earth has been rendered largely uninhabitable by an explosion caused by a bungled experiment. Few would dare to brave its...

Fort Apocalypse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

The war with the Kralthans is on, and they've taken prisoners. These people must be rescued from the Draconis caves...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the international game TV show of the same name which first became popular in France in the early...

Fortified Zone Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

A male and a female commando named Masato Kanzaki & Mizuki Makimura have been sent to the jungle on a...

Fortix Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Fortix is a Qix variant with a medieval fantasy theme. The game takes places in the land of Fortiana where...

Fortress BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1984)

Fortress is a clone of SEGA's Zaxxon, copying many elements of the original game. Using a scrolling isometric perspective, players...

The Fortress of Dr. Radiaki DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is one of the tons of Doom clones that were released in 1994/1995. The story: Dr. Radiaki has created...

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