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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Hammerfist ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

In a grim future, the people are kept under control by a horde of genetically-modified beings who look identical to...

Hammer-Head Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), MSX (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Hammer-Head is a horizontal-scrolling platform game. We take the role of Top, a secret agent, and we must to advance...

Hammer Heads Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Hammer Heads Deluxe is a casual arcade game based on the classic Whack-a-Mole concept. The mouse controls a hammer used...

NES (1991) and Arcade (1990)

In the peaceful town of Carpentersville, some workers known as The Rusty Nailers decide to bulldoze a house that belongs...

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Hammerin' Harry: Ghost Building Company is the sequel to Hammerin' Harry.This episode has Harry fighting more than just workers. He...

SNES (1994)

Hammerlock Wrestling is Jaleco's take on wrestling with a style geared towards Saturday Night Slam Masters. The player can choose...

Hammerwatch Linux Front Cover

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

Hammerwatch is an action hack-and-slash game where a character ventures into Castle Hammerwatch to fight through hordes of creatures with...

Hamsterball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In this game player must guide a little hamster trapped in a glass ball through 12 unique levels to reach...

HamsterJam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

HamsterJam is a remake of the VIC-20 game Rockman, which in turn is a variant of Boulder Dash. Gameplay and...

DOS (1996)

In Hamster's Adventure, the player takes the role of Mr. Hamster who has to save his girlfriend from rats and...

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Hamtaro and his friends are back for another installment of the ever-so-popular Hamtaro craze. This time, Spat threatens to cause...

Game Boy Color (2001)

It's Hamtaro time! Boss has a big secret in store for the Ham-Hams, but he's gotta find them first! The...

Hamtaro Rainbow Rescue Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Lots of mini-games in a cute world filled with talking hamsters, each with their own specialities.Prince Bo fell off his...

Windows (2001)

The protagonist of this game is a bastard son of a rich man. Your father has died, and his legal...

SNES (1994)

Hana no Keiji: Kumo no Kanata ni is a weapon-based versus fighting game based on the manga of the same...

Hana no Star Kaidō NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Two musicians, Moeta and Goro, travel across Japan trying to gain musical stardom. Their journey in Japan takes them to...

Handball Manager 2010 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Handball Manager 2010 is a managerial simulation of handball where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success...

Windows (2000)

You are Jacob Streiker, and you're getting mighty fed up with things. A vicious cartel of mutant mechanistic animals controls...

Game Boy Color (2001)

As the young Sebastian, gamers take the role of the son of a brilliant scientist who has discovered a means...

Windows (2004)

In Hanfbaron the player takes the role of Ronny who cultivates hemp all over the city. The goal of the...

Hang-On & Astro Warrior SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Two games included on one cartridge. Hang-On is a motorcycle racing game where the player must race against time and...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

One day, Hani (sometimes known as Honey), who is a phallic objet d'art from stoneage Japan, is summoned by the...

Hank Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Hank is an old-school treasure hunter, digging his way through the soil. Unfortunately, the treasures he seeks belong to the...

Windows 3.x (1995), CD-i (1993) and Macintosh (1995)

Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Carnival is a children's game featuring familiar Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters such as the Flintstones, Scooby Doo and the...

Hanse 1480: Das Vermächtnis Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Hanse 1480: Das Vermächtnis is the successor of Hanse: Die Expedition and is a managerial strategy game set in the...

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