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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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Ivy the Kiwi? Wii Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010), Wii (2010), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Ivy the Kiwi? takes place in the Quiet Forest. One day, an egg falls from the sky, and from that...

Windows (2010)

Inspired by I Wanna Be The Guy, I Wanna Be The Boshy is a "trapformer" in which a single player...

I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The player is the Kid -- a rather diminutive, yet very ambitious character, whose goal in life is to gain...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Poor Teddy the bear. He's just had a bad dream and wants a hug from his mommy. Help Teddy climb...

I-War Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

The giant supercomputer that controls the world's information has been infected with viruses. You must enter the virtual world known...

I was an Atomic Mutant! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Take on the role of an atomic mutant and destroy pitiful humans and their cities in this tribute to 50's...

Windows (2008)

This war, like so many before, is fought against soldiers, bombs, tanks and helicopters. The difference though, is the battlefield...

I wish I were the Moon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

I wish I were the Moon is the first game in the Moon Stories trilogy and it is a short...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A highly explosive and pretty logo has fell off the Empire's flagship and landed in a soap-bubble factory splitting into...

DOS (1995)

Izmir is a sci-fi 3D chase-view shooter similar to Space Harrier. The player controls an armored mech who is deployed...

Iznogoud DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Thomson TO (1987)

This game from 1987 is based on the adventures of the French comic book character Iznogoud. You are in the...

SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings is the official game of the mascot of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta....

Jackal NES Front Cover

DOS (1988), NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

The enemy army has captured too many of your forces. Being held in P.O.W. camps, these soldiers are effectively out...

Jack and the Beanstalk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Jack and the Beanstalk has the player controlling Jack, a young boy determined to steal the giant's treasures. The game...

Jackass: The Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and PSP (2007)

The Jackass crew (minus Bam Margera) is in a jam, while getting ready to begin shooting for their much anticipated...

Jack Attack Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

This is a simple action game where your aim is to crush 8 spinning heads in each level. This can...

Jack B. Nimble iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Jack B. Nimble is a fast paced platform action/arcade game with a retro/Game Boy colour palette and a more than...

Jack Bros. Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

Once a year, on Halloween, the portal between the World of Fairies and the human world is open, allowing the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In this crosshair game you should shoot the gangsters appearing in the windows of the night city. You should move...

Jacked Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Reminiscent of the classic Road Rash, Jacked is a high-octane arcade motorcycle racer featuring over-the-top combat elements. In Jacked, the...

DOS (1994)

Typical mid-90's side scroller. You are Jack Flash and you must "suck" the energy from all the evil inanimate objects...

Jack Frost Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Jack Frost is a platform game where the object is to cover the entire level in order to proceed to...

Jackie Chan Adventures PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

The insidious Dark Hand clan, lead by Valmont, a man possessed by a Chinese demon called Shendu, are planning to...

Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand is a side-scrolling brawler reminiscent of Double Dragon or Final Fight. Players...

Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Jackie Chan and his twin sister Josephine were great kung fu fighters in China and trained under a great master....

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