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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Arcade (1994)

GunMaster is a beat 'em up game consisting of fourteen stages where the objective is to defeat one or two...

Gunmetal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

As the game begins, you are a proud new tank pilot for the Nataka Corporation's Imperial Armored Cavalry. A Nataka...

Gun Metal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Xbox (2002)

Gun Metal is an action game in which the player controls a "Havoc Suit", a combat vehicle which can switch...

Gun Monkeys Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Gun Monkeys is a one-on-one arena shooter game that requires two players, both offline and online. It is set in...

Gun-Nac NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

A Galactic Federation starfighter is sent off to destroy an alien armada (led by giant robotic rabbits this time around...

Arcade (1992)

Gunnail is a vertical space shoot'em up. It's a very standard shooter - very fast action, and many enemies to...

Gunner 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Gunner 2 is a war game with well known rules: "Shoot'em all to win!". Enemies will try to destroy your...

Gunner 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

You are send to the South American rain forest, because there have been reports that someone is building an army...

Gunple: Gunman's Proof SNES Front Cover

SNES (1997)

The year is 1880. Two meteors fell on Earth on a small island near North American Pacific Coast. In the...

Gunpoint Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Gunpoint is a stealth game where the player takes on the role of a freelance spy. A mysterious assailant murders...

Linux (2005) and Windows (2005)

Gunroar is a freeware, open-source vertical shooter with abstract vector graphics created by famous Japanese developer Kenta Cho. The player...

GunRun Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

In GunRun the player does exactly what the title implies, gunning things down while running. The player must shoot the...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Planet Zero is in an indefinite ice-age, and its people can only survive via a network of pipes supplying heated...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Gun Runner is based on the classic game Choplifter where you must fly your helicopter over eight side-view, horizontal scrolling...

Guns and Robots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Browser (2014)

Guns and Robots is online third person shooter and free to play. In the game you can customize your own...

Guns and Spurs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Guns and Spurs is a 3D western game that can be played from a first-person or third-person perspective. The player...

Genesis (1993)

Gunship is the Mega Drive version of the MicroProse helicopter series. Just like the original game the player gets to...

Gunship Apocalypse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Gunship Apocalypse earth loses contact to the martian colony MRS1. Wild dust storms indicate a catastrophe. Now the player...

Gunshoot Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

A complete clone of Bank Panic (West Bank). You are the hero John Brayn with the order to protect the...

Gun: Showdown PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Gun: Showdown is an action game where you play the role of Colton White, a gunslinger in the wild west....

Commodore 64 (1990)

Your objective in Gunslinger is simply to shoot targets within various locations, keeping your skills sharp for when you have...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

You are Jesse James and you are hunting Outlaws in a frontier town to make yourself $10 for every Outlaw...

3DO (1995)

Gunslinger Collection is a multi-pack which contains the following games: Mad Dog McCree Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold Crime...

Gun.Smoke NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Arcade (1985)

Gun.Smoke is a top-down scrolling shooter that casts the gamer as a lone gunman, out to save the gold rush...

Guns 'n' Ghosts Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2013)

In Guns 'n' Ghosts, the player takes the role of the ghost hunters Trev and Georg. The goal is to...

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