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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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360 Lines Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

360 Lines is a tile matching game in which the player has to move circles on the playfield to create...

3 Count Bout Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1993), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1993)

3 Count Bout is a one-on-one fighting game. Choose from ten wrestlers who have their own power attacks. There are...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

3d24 is a side-scrolling puzzle solving action game, similar to Robbo. The player controls a robot. His goal is to...

The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon is based on the TV anime series Sailor Moon. It is basically an interactive...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

You're tasked with defending your space station from wave after wave of incoming alien invaders in this more modern take...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

3D Bat Attack takes place in Transylvania where the player has ended up inside the tower of Count Dracula's castle....

BREW (2004)

3D Battle Tank is a first-person vector graphics tank game, based loosely on the classic Atari arcade game Battlezone. Each...

DOS (1998)

A freeware 3D version of Bomberman. You play as one of the "Bombermen" (cute spacesuit wearing anime characters) and your...

J2ME (2009)

3D Bomberman Atomic is a mobile version of Hudson Soft's long running series. Although the game uses three dimensional graphics...

Amiga (1986)

3DBreakout is not just a plain three-dimensional Breakout clone where you have a paddle moving in two dimensions at the...

Commodore 64 (1988)

3-D Breakout is based on the classic game Breakout where you have to deflect a ball with a paddle and...

3-D Brickaway Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

This is a racquetball-like game that is best described as a 3D variation of Breakout.You are at the end on...

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...

ZX81 (1981)

3D Defender is a 1st person shooter where you have to save your planet from alien invaders by blasting and...

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...

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and BBC Micro (1983)

To return back to Earth if your ship is beyond the Starfields of Orion there is an avenue of beacons...

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...

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