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 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...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Fire Galaxy is the sequel to Galaxy and it is unrelated to the 1983 VIC-20 game of the same name,...

Amiga (1993), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1993)

The President of the United States has put you in charge of stopping the trafficking of drugs into the United...

Firehawk MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

Fire Hawk is a side scrolling space shoot-em-up.The player takes on the role of a pilot who has been chosen...

Arcade (2001)

Fire Hawk is 2D arcade vertical-scrolling shoot'em up. The player chooses from 5 different jets. Gameplay is typical for genre...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and BBC Micro (1983)

Fire Hawks is 2D shooter, little similar to Space Invaders or Galaxians. The player controls cannon and shoot to fire...

Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), MSX (1989) and PC-88 (1989)

Fire Hawk: Thexder - The Second Contact is the sequel to Thexder. The Fire Hawk robot has the same main...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

In Fire Hoops your goal is to set 100 hoops on fire by leaping through them as the flaming horse...

Fire & Ice DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), SEGA Master System (1995), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1995)

The background story of Fire & Ice is quick to tell: A coyote (you) runs, throwing ice cubes, through various...

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 (1987), 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...

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