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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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Atari 8-bit (1988)

Inwazja is a simple shooting game. Using a small cannon the player must kill all the spiders falling on the...

Windows (2007)

IO is a remake of the Kinetic Designs 1988 Commodore 64 game of the same name. It is a side-scrolling...

IO Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

An enemy has entered your region of space in a mothership, and unleashed foes aimed at destroying you. As the...

I of the Dragon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

I of the Dragon is a 3D action role-playing game with a twist - instead of a measly wizard or...

Ion Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Ion Assault is a twinstick shooter with a space ship, set in enclosed arenas in space similar to Geometry Wars....

I.Q. Remix+: Intelligent Qube PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

I.Q. Remix+ is an enhanced version of the PlayStation game "Intelligent Qube". The gameplay is essentially the same: Blocks of...

Irekae Maho-chan Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Irekae Maho-chan ("Exchange Maho-chan") is a puzzle platform game where the player controls the young girl Maho-chan, who has the...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

In this Afterburner-inspired Gameboy Advance launch title, a player pilots the SHN fighter through seven pseudo-3D levels. Returning to Earth...

Iridion II Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

This sequel to Iridion 3D is different in gameplay, but twice as much action. Piloting in Kiloblaster Style mechanics from...

Commodore 64 (1986)

There is war on the planet Iridis Alpha between the Zzyaxian and the Gilbies. The Zzyaxian hate the Gilbies and...

Iridium Runners PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Iridium Runners is a futuristic running game that pits competitors against each other on hazard-riddled race tracks in foot races....

Amiga (1987)

Iridon is a traditional, vertically scrolling shooter. The player's mission is simple: destroying 50 huge space ships by flying over...

Arcade (1984)

Big Brother, the robotic overlord, watches his realm with his all-seeing Evil Eyes keeping his servant droids in line. The...

iRoll Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

iRoll is a Marble Madness variant. The player guides a marble through the 60 labyrinths with the mouse. The basic...

Iron Aces Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Iron Aces is fictional World War 2 flight simulator. What that "fictional" means is that great liberties have been taken...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The first Iron Aces game took place using World War II era planes. Iron Aces 2: Birds of Prey ignores...

Iron Aces: Heroes of WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Iron Aces: Heroes of WWII is an action-oriented simulation of being a WWII fighter pilot. Focused on the Eastern conflict...

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

The box for Iron Angel of the Apocalypse describes itself as an "Action Role-Playing Movie." Apparently this is the phrase...

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse: The Return 3DO Front Cover

Windows (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Tetsujin returns in this sequel to Iron Angel of the Apocalypse. The story picks up shortly after the events of...

Iron Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Iron Assault is a "light" simulator of big robots. As in any other mech-sim, game actions take place in a...

Iron Blood DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Iron Blood is a side-scrolling action game where the player is given the opportunity to control two different robots through...

Iron & Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

In this fighting style game, the player assumes the personas of various character types from the Ravenloft setting of the...

Iron Brigade Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

After World War I a strange radio signal later just known as the Broadcast appears and kills many people. Two...

Iron Brigade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This Windows version is the first release of the game for the platform and bundles the base game with the...

Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Rise of the Martian Bear is DLC for Iron Brigade. It contains a new campaign set on Mars where the...

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