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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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Knightmare MSX Front Cover

DOS (1992), MSX (1986) and Wii (2009)

In Knightmare, the player takes control of a brave knight named Popolon, who has to rescue his sweetheart Aphrodite from...

Knightmare Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Knightmare was a popular childrens' television programme set in a medieval fantasy world, in which 3 players guided a fourth...

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious is the sequel to Knightmare.The player controls the knight Popolon and his wife Aphrodite,...

Knight Moves Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995)

Knight Moves puts a twist on the old chess game and puts you in charge of a knight that has...

Windows (2002)

Knight of Knights is a 3D brawler with an anime-style visual design for one or two players in a cooperative...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Knight Rider is a game based on the popular television series of the 1980's. The main characters in the series,...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Knight Rider Special is an action game based on the TV series Knight Rider. It is similar to the NES...

Knight Rider: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation 2 (2002)

This is a game based on the famous TV series Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff, which aired from 1982 to...

Knight's Apprentice: Memorick's Adventures Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Knight's Apprentice is a third-person platformer with similarities to Jak & Daxter and Zelda games. You play as Memorick, Merlin's...

Knights Contract Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The witches were once hidden protectors, guiding humanity through their darkness, hidden in the shadows. But humanity, not understanding their...

Knights of the Crystallion Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

A city has been formed from the bones of a long-dead Orodrid creature, and you are from one of the...

Knights of the Round SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Arcade (1991)

In Knights of the Round, play the role of one of three knights from the Arthurian legends. The three characters...

Knights of the Temple II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

In Knights of the Temple II, you again play the role of a Templar knight: Paul de Raque, the grandmaster...

Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Knights of the Temple is a dynamic camera third-person hack and slash game set in the medieval times.You take the...

PC-88 (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

Knither is the sequel to Demon Crystal. The gameplay is similar - collect keys to open locked areas, find the...

Windows (2000)

The object of Knockin is to collect as many coins to reach the points to win before your opponents do....

Knock-knock! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

There is a cabin in the woods that serves as a laboratory and a dwelling for a Lodger. Lately the...

KNOCKOUT Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Ready to match reflexes with your Atari, mano-a-mano? Sports Illustrated lent its name to this early boxing simulation, which gives...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Light Cycles games involve guiding a beam of light around a screen, against opponents who do the same thing. The...

DOS (1986)

Knoxblock! is a simple Breakout clone written in PCjr Cartridge BASIC. At the bottom of the screen is a paddle,...

Knuckle Busters Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

By 2133, crime is so out-of-control that a more advanced solution than prison is required - offenders have their minds...

Wii (2009) and Arcade (1992)

Knuckle Heads is 2D weapon-based fighting game. The player chooses one from six characters and fights against others. Each character...

Knuckles' Chaotix SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1995)

Knuckles Chaotix is a spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series of Genesis games. The starring character in this title...

Windows (1997)

Knuddel's Quest is a shareware puzzle-action-adventure game.The object of the game is to get Knuddle, the hero who has been...

Windows (2006)

Little Knytt is playing outside when he is suddenly abducted by a UFO. It collides with a meteorite and crash...

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