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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House of Usher Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

House of Usher is a single screen platformer where you have to enter the house and escape various rooms to...

DOS (1988)

Hover is a futuristic Tennis-like game for two players. Each controls a racket-wielding character on one side of the court,...

Windows (1995)

Hover is a first person game set in an arena with hover cars. Hover was originally released with Windows 95...

Hover Ace Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Hover Ace is a futuristic arcade racer with guns.Player takes in control one of five types of hovercrafts (Bike, Scout,...

PC-88 (1985), Sharp X1 (1984) and FM-7 (1986)

Hover Attack is a multi-directional shooter in which the player has to transfer a mobile base through a hostile level...

Hover Bovver Commodore 64 Front Cover

Windows (2002), Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Your lawn needs mowing and your mower doesn't work. Now what? You look next door and see your neighbor's lawnmower....

Windows (2002) and Windows Mobile (2002)

You play Gordon Bennett. You have fifty lawns to mow, and your Flymo's not working. You have five neighbours, all...

Hoverforce DOS Front Cover

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

Hoverforce takes place in the year 2050 where enemies known as 'alterants' have taken control of the city by distributing...

Intellivision (1986)

Terrorist forces have taken over the island city of New Seeburg. They are equipped with heavily armed combat helicopters, so...

Windows (1995)

A Fast-paced 3D online racing game. Compete against upto 7 players at a time, from just standard racing, to warring...

Hover Strike Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

Terrakian Pirates have taken over a colonized planet under Federation control. They've set up an atmospheric cannon, making invasion impossible....

Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

Unconquered Lands is the CD-ROM update to the Jaguar cartridge Hover Strike. This game is mostly similar to the cartridge,...

Hovertank One DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

One of many games developed by id to fulfill their contract with Softdisk.In Hovertank you play mercenary Brick Sledge, hired...

Windows (2008)

How is a short side-scrolling game where the player controls a girl who needs to collect balls and drop them...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In Howard the Cover the player takes the role of Howard who wants to impress his girlfriend. To do so,...

Howard the Duck Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Your two best friends Phil and Beverly have been captured by a dark overlord! He is keeping them captive in...

How My Grandfather Won the War Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

How My Grandfather Won The War is a horizontally-scrolling game made for the 6th Casual Gameplay Design Competition based around...

How to be a Hero ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

This Gauntlet-inspired arcade adventure has three separate challenges, each of which can be loaded from the main screen. All are...

How to Survive Windows Front Cover Original cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Wii U (2014)

In How to Survive, the player character (chosen among three available ones) is stranded on a zombie-infested island. During the...

How to Train Your Dragon Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

How to Train Your Dragon is a game from the Dreamworks movie of the same name, which is in turn...

DOS (1989)

How-Two Build A Robot! is a single player, shareware, platform game in which the player must collect all the parts...

Hoyle Enchanted Puzzles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Hoyle Enchanted Puzzles is a casual game with a fantasy/wizard school theme. There are 9 arcade and puzzle game types...

Huai Snowball Sling Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

Huai Snowball Sling is on online port of the minigame of the same name from the LEGO BIONICLE Game Boy...

Hua Mulan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In 386 AD, the kingdom of Northern Wei was attacked by several neighbors, the most dangerous of which were the...

Spectravideo (1984)

Hubert is a port of the classic arcade game Q*Bert. You must jump to all of the cubes in the...

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