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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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...

Folklore PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Folklore is an action game with some RPG-style customizability. There are two main characters. One is a girl named Ellen...

Follow Funshine Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In this game you play as Funshine Bear, trying to gather his friends. Funshine will automatically walk forward all the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

In this game a young Hoothoot, one legged owl, will learn to dance from his hoary Hoothoot dance instructor. The...

Food Chain Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Food Chain takes place in the time of the primordial soup. The task is quite simple: by using the arrow...

Food Fight Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Arcade (1983)

You play as Charley trying to eat an ice cream cone. But first you must avoid the chefs that are...

DOS (1986)

For all armchair quarterbacks, subLOGIC's football is an in depth strategy/action football game complete with full rosters of (fictional) players....

Football TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1980)

Football for the Color Computer is your normal American style game. It allows players to pick offense/defense plays along with...

Amiga (1988)

FootMan is a Pac-Man variant. It features two game modes, new taste and classic, as well as an editor for...

Forbes Corporate Warrior Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Forbes Corporate Warrior uses the first person shooter genre as a metaphor for the cutthroat business world. The premise is...

Forbidden Forest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

This game is one of Paul Norman's first creations. You are in the middle of what is called the Forbidden...

Forbidden Forest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Return to the Forbidden Forest in this update of the classic Commodore 64 game. Experience the terrors and thrills of...

Commodore 64 (1985)

A freak storm has destroyed fruit farmer Fred's crop and the only solution from being ruined is to enter Castle...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Evil Lord has set up a system of defences on the Forbidden Planet, to help him return to power....

Forbidden Siren 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The sequel to the Siren survival horror game puts you again in control of several characters. The game takes place...

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