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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Macintosh (1985)

Fusillade is an action game where the player is the last person stuck on Planet Fusill and has to defend...

Fusion Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Fusion is an action game in which your job is to find nine pieces of a fusion bomb scattered over...

Fusion: Genesis Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Fusion: Genesis is a futuristic 3D twin-stick shooter with MMORPG elements, featuring an "always connected" game world with players populating...

Fusion: Sentient Windows Phone Front Cover

Windows Phone (2011)

Fusion: Sentient is a real-time, strategic Windows Phone game in which the player controls a squad of mechs, called sentients....

Windows (2015), Browser (2015), Android (2015) and Ouya (2015)

Futrino is a free 2D indie maze-based shooter. The player controls a unnamed guy with a space suit in a...

Futurama PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

The Futurama series, winner of a 2002 Emmy Award for Best Animated Program, has been recreated on the gaming console....

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

One of the first Speedball clones takes the basic court layout of basketball as its inspiration. There are 5 players...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Future Bike Simulator is a futuristic action game set in 1999. The government forbid motorcycles and so the billionaire Finnius...

Future Classics Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1990)

The Future Classics Collection is a collection of five distinctly-themed games that stress action and strategy equally. The programmers of...

Future Cop: L.A.P.D. Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998), PSP (2012), Macintosh (1998) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Take control of a transforming mech in Los Angeles and clean up the crime that is running rampant throughout. Use...

DOS (1995)

Future Dimensions is an old-school shooter: Park your thumb on the first fire button to spray your shots and use...

Future Games ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

One of the first future sport simulations, Future Games involves five tough events on the surface of the moon. After...

Future Knight Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You control Future Knight and your space craft has crashed on a remote and hostile planet and the aliens took...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

42 billion years ago, the Supreme Being being a rather busy chap, sub-contracts the job of Human evolution to Gal-Corps...

Amiga (1995)

The plot of Future Space can be summed up easily: Evil aliens attack Earth and the player, in the role...

Amiga (1988)

Future Tank is a one or two player shoot 'em up which lets you control a tank from a bird's...

Browser (2006)

Futuristic Arenas is a single-player first-person shooter. The player competes against five AI-controlled characters in a deathmatch tournament. The tournament...

Fūun Shaolin Ken NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Fūun Shaolin Ken is a kung fu fighting game staged in ancient China. The player stars as a lone martial...

Fūun Shaolin Ken: Ankoku no Maō NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

The sequel to Fūun Shaolin Ken puts you back in the shoes of a young martial arts master that sets...

Fu'un Super Combo PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This is a compilation of the two games in the Savage Reign / Fu'un series: Savage Reign Kizuna Encounter: Super...

Fuzion Frenzy Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2001) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Fuzion Frenzy is a party game with six arenas and more than 45 different mini-games for up to four players...

Fuzion Frenzy 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Fuzion Frenzy 2 is an arcade-action party game with over 40 futuristic mini games, from sports challenges to thrilling battles....

MSX (1986)

Fuzzball is your average Q*Bert clone, not straying very far from the original implementation. The pyramid is here, unlike many...

Fuzzball Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991)

A lot of creatures called fuzzballs, are released in an old wizards castle by his young apprentice. The young man...

NES (1991)

The world of Funny is facing troubled times. The Dimensional Stone, which offered protection to this world, was stolen. The...

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