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Action

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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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King's Field: The Ancient City PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Many years ago, a powerful talisman known as Idol of Sorrow turned the ancient Holy Land, the home of the...

PlayStation (2001)

This is a compilation combining both Army Men: Air Attack 2 and Army Men: Omega Soldier in one package.

PlayStation (2001)

This is a compilation combining both Army Men Sarge's Heroes 2 and Army Men Lock 'n' Load in one package....

PlayStation (2001)

This is a compilation combining both WarJetz and Army Men Sarge's Heroes 2 in one package.

King's Knight NES Front Cover

NES (1986), MSX (1986), Wii (2007), PC-88 (1987), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Sharp X1 (1987)

King's Knight is a fantasy-themed top-down shooter where four heroes have to unite to defeat a dragon and rescue a...

Kingsley's Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Kingsley's Adventure is a 3D action-adventure game for the PlayStation in a similar vein as The Legend of Zelda. In...

Kings of the Beach DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), NES (1990) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Kings of the Beach is a two on two beach volleyball game. You must quickly move your team about on...

King's Quest: Mask of Eternity Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Realm of Sun is a magical world situated above the Kingdom of Daventry. Powerful beings known as Archons dwell...

MSX (1985)

King's Valley is a puzzle game in which you need to collect all the treasures by drilling and cutting your...

King's Valley II MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988)

King's Valley 2 is a puzzle game and a follow-up to King's Valley. Once again you need to collect all...

MSX (1985)

A one-on-one fighting game based on the "Kin-niku man" anime series starring heroic wrestlers and their ringside adventures.The game is...

SNES (1992)

Kinnikuman: Dirty Challenger is a wrestling game based in the Kinnikuman (or Muscleman, as it's known in other countries) anime...

PSP (2006)

Kinnikuman: Muscle Generations is a Japan only game, which is based on the Kinnikuman (Muscleman) manga/anime series. There are several...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Max put the Kinnikuman game series to a new level. Now, the game includes 33 characters...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Max 2: Tokumori is the sequel to Kinnikuman Muscle Grand Prix Max. In this game the...

WonderSwan Color (2002)

Kinnikuman Nisei: Dream Tag Match is a wrestling game based in the manga/anime series of the same name. It features...

Kira Kira Pop Princess Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Pinky Street: Kira Kira Music Hour is a music/rhythm game where you control a dancing girl by tapping your stylus...

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2008)

Kirby's adventure for the Nintendo 64 is a polygonal side-scroller similar to Klonoa - however, unlike Klonoa, the game only...

Kirby: Canvas Curse Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Kirby's first DS adventure starts with an evil witch turning Kirby into a ball. You must use the Magic Paintbrush...

Kirby: Mass Attack Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Kirby: Mass Attack is the latest in a long history of titles starring Nintendo's pink puffball hero. In the tradition...

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland is a remake of Kirby's Adventure. The core gameplay has been changed little, with Kirby absorbing...

Kirby's Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1993), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2013)

One day Kirby is surprised to discover that he cannot have any dreams during his customary after-lunch nap. Soon he...

Kirby's Block Ball Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Kirby takes on a new challenge, blockball. The playing field contains a variety of blocks, and using Kirby's rolling technique,...

Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

This compilation consists of six games released on the Game Boy, NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 from 1992 to 2000:...

Kirby's Dream Land Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Dedede, King of Dream Land, is a penguin-like creature who is too gluttonous for his own good. Gathering food for...

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