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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Galactic Command: Echo Squad (Second Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Galactic Command: Echo Squad (Second Edition) is the same game as Galactic Command: Echo Squad with the following changes: Support...

Galactic Conqueror DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

As rebel forces close in on the space station Gallion, you launch strikes against enemy-controlled planets in the most sophisticated...

NES (1990) and Supervision (1992)

Your starship is alive! A metamorphic creature that can transform from a huge flying insect into a metallic destroyer. Face...

Acorn 32-bit (1992)

In the far future the peaceful moon of Lygon has been invaded by an robotic alien race known as the...

Galactic Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In this game you have to roam the space with your spaceship to conquer the universe. Progressing from one star...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Ten power flowers have been stolen and hidden in a set of caves. As the gardener in charge, it is...

ZX81 (1983)

Galactic Gunner is a shooting game where the player has to shoot down as many ships from an enemy space...

Amiga (1987)

Galactic Invasion is part of MicroIllusions' One To One series. Like the other two game in the series (Fire Power...

Galactic Patrol Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

Galactic Patrol is a 3D homage to the classic arcade hits of the early 80's, and embodies the look and...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

You are the commander of a spacecraft and your mission is to seek and destroy as many Klingons as you...

Galactic Pinball Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

A 3D pinball game set in a space theme. There are 4 different space tables you can choose from plus...

Amstrad CPC (1984)

The Galactic Plague is an alien shoot up in the vein of Space Invaders. In this version each screen has...

Galactic Protector SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

As a ship that looks like the one in the Fantasy Zone series you must protect three planets from floating...

Arcade (1992)

Galactic Storm is a chase-view shooter in the same vain as Galaxy Force or Taito's own Night Striker. The player...

Nintendo DS (2010)

Galactic Taz Ball features Looney Tunes character the Tasmanian Devil (Taz) along with the game's antagonist, Marvin the Martian. Marvin...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

Galactic Trooper is a variant of the arcade game Astro Invader which is a shoot 'em up similar to Space...

Galactic Warrior Rats Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

Einstein, Newton and Darwin are the Galactic Warrior Rats, mutant hybrids who come under your control in this top-down multi-directional...

Amiga (1990)

A "snake" game written in compiled AmigaBASIC with a few unusual touches. When the worm eats the subterranean strawberries, it...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

GWfUM is a wrestling/fighting game developed by the same development team that did Def Jam Vendetta. There are 45 different...

Galactix DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Windows (1999)

Defend Earth from destruction from the onslaught of the Xidus fleet. Your state-of-the-art ship is equiped with a limitless supply...

BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Galaforce is a straight forward shoot-em-up. Your ships encounters wave after wave of alien ships which attack you in formation....

Galaga NES Front Cover

Windows (2004), NES (1985), Atari 7800 (1987), MSX (1984), Palm OS (2006), Windows Mobile (2005), Xbox 360 (2006), Wii (2007), PC-98 (1985), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1985), Wii U (2013), Sord M5 (1982) and Arcade (1981)

Galaga is a vertical arcade shooter from Namco. You control a space fighter at the bottom of the screen, scrolling...

Galaga '88 Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

Galaga '88 takes the basic gameplay of Galaga and adds higher-quality graphics, triple ship abilities, parsec progression, power-ups, asteroids, bosses...

Amiga (1992)

Galaga '92 is a full-featured Galaga clone for the Amiga. It makes no attempt to emulate the look of the...

DOS (1994)

Galaga 94 is based on Galaga the classic vertical shooter from Namco.It's a fixed screen shooter in which the player...

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