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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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3D Brick Busters Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

This Breakout variant features thirty different levels to play through.The goal in 3D Brick Busters, just like the game this...

3D Caveman Rocks Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this 3D Donkey Kong clone, players take the role of a caveman looking for Stonehenge. Players travel along paths...

Windows (2002)

3D Code Cracker is a collection of 5 advanced Matching games in a space station environment.Your aim in each stage...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

3D Defence (or Defence, 3D) is a simple shooter from Empire Software. Rules are very simple - player controls defense...

3D Desert Patrol ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The object of 3D Desert Patrol is to reach the safety of a road some distance ahead (depending on difficulty...

Windows (2001)

Set in the desert, you are in control of a 3d hover craft and your objective is to collect all...

3D Dot Game Heroes PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Long, long ago, in the kingdom of Dotnia, an evil king plunged the world into an age of darkness. But,...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

In 3D Dragon Duel, you (as a dragon) must clear out several castles from other enemy dragons and dinosaurs, while...

DOS (1983)

3-Demon, commonly regarded as the very first progenitor of the 90s first-person shooters, is a surreal, wireframe-3D Pac-Man clone in...

3D Flipper XXL Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

3D Flipper XXL is a pinball game which features four tables. It has an isometric ("3D") and a top-down ("2D")...

Windows (1999)

Meet Froggy. He's an amphibian on the run from a crazy chef who is trying to make a frog legs...

3-D Frog Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In this 3D Pac-Man variation you control a frog who clears levels by eating bugs, worms and bubbles while evading...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1987)

As the name implies, 3D Galax takes the Space Invaders/Galaxian concept into the third dimension. Seen from a first-person cockpit...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

In 3D Galaxy Fighters (strongly inspired by the classic Galaga series), your mission is to defend the galaxy from hordes...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

3-D Glooper is a version of Pac-Man where you must move about a maze-like city eating blue blocks while trying...

Windows (1998)

The first of the first-generation deer hunting games to offer complete freedom of movement, Trophy Whitetail uses a build-like engine...

3D Infinity Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

3D Infinity is an on-rails space shooter that features real 3D graphics. The player controls a ship that can fire...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

The war on the Seiddab rages on, and you now take part in an attack on their moon base. You...

3D Marble Flip Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

3D Marble Flip is based on marble labyrinth games. The game contains a series of mazes that grow gradually more...

3D Maze Man: Amazing Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In this 3D take on the classic Pac-Man game you guide Maze Man through 9 different worlds, gobbling up objects...

3D Missile Madness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

3D Missile Madness is a 3D clone of the classic Defender style of gameplay. The player's ship can move left...

Windows (2002)

This remake of 3D Monster Maze features sound, color graphics and some extensions of the original game, such as auto-mapping...

ZX81 (1981)

3D Monster Maze was one of the first computer games to use a first-person 3D perspective. After being introduced to...

3D Ms. Maze: Tropical Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

3D Ms. Maze: Tropical Adventures is a single-player 3D Pac-Man variant that is very similar in style to 3D Maze...

Commodore 64 (1982)

Here's your chance to play Pac-Man in 3D. You view the action from the eyes of Pac Man in a...

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