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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Commodore 64 (1985)

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PlayStation (2001)

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Invasion ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

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Odyssey (1972)

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Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

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Windows (2000)

Invasion Deutschland is the German version of the Dutch game AmsterDoom. Instead of Amsterdam the 15 levels represent important German...

Invasion Force TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1979)

Protect the galaxy against the hated and feared Jovians. You are in command of the USS Hephaestus in this space...

ZX Spectrum (1982) and ZX81 (1982)

Invasion Force is a fixed screen shoot 'em up where the player, as so often before, has to defend the...

Invasion from Beyond PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

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Browser (2011)

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DOS (1995)

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Inversion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

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Invictus: In the Shadow of Olympus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

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The Invincible Iron Man Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

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Invincible Tiger Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

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Atari 8-bit (1988)

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Windows (2007)

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IO Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

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I of the Dragon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

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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. Gameplay is essentially the same: blocks of qubes...

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)

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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...

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