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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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Insector X Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), NES (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Mecha Insect forces collide in this side-scrolling shooter, set in a garden, passing buildings and other scenery. Fight wasps, bees...

Insects in Space Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Insects in Space is a side-scrolling shooter with similarities to Defender. Insects killed everyone on Earth except a few babies....

Atari 8-bit (1990)

Inside is a side-scrolling action game for up to two players, based on the C64 game Chip-War. The player controls...

Inside a Star-filled Sky Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Inside a Star-filled Sky is a top-shooter set inside maze-like environments. The player controls a creature that can be guided...

Virtual Boy (1995)

Insmouse no Yakata is an action game where the player must survive many mazes filled with mutated monsters. When starting...

SNES (1993)

Inspector Gadget is on yet another mission against the evil Doctor Claw and his army of M.A.D. (Mean And Dirty)...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Based on the DIC animated show of the same name, Inspector Gadget: Advance Mission is a standard platform game, similar...

Inspector Gadget and the Circus of !!Fear!! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

When the International Circus comes to town, a mysterious series of disappearances begin, and Inspector Gadget is called into help....

Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Crazy Maze PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

According to the story of Gadget's Crazy Maze, Inspector Gadget's mysterious arch-nemesis is up to no good once again. This...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Go Go Gadget!!! Once again the evil Dr. Claw has brought misery onto the world by unleashing a horrible new...

Instinct Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Instinct is a story-driven first-person-shooter that takes place in a modern setting. The player will take the roles of three...

Genesis (1994)

Germany is growing its war machine to overtake the world. To reach this goal quickly, their evil leaders sent spies...

Insurgency Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Insurgency is a online-only multiplayer shooter set in the Middle East. Rebels and government troops fight each other on the...

Amiga (1990)

Intact is a vertically scrolling shooter. The player uses a space ship to fly through four levels. Of course there...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

The sequel to Intellivision Lives!, this compilation includes over 30 more emulated Intellivision games, primarily those originally published by Activision...

Intensity Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The plot of Intensity deals with the space station Canis Major which was overrun by aliens. There is no chance...

Intensity XS Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire has conquered most of the galaxy's peaceful species and bio-engineered them into weapons. You are the...

Intensity XS: ReCharge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire is broken and the galaxy is at peace. But a new threat looms. The Mon Saar,...

DOS (1993)

The aliens are here, and they're hellbent on razing city after city to the ground, by indiscriminately dropping bombs from...

Intergalactic Exterminator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Intergalactic Exterminator is a single player variant of Centipede.The object of the game being to eradicate the bugs before they...

Browser (2000)

Intergalactic Invaders is a shooter inspired by the classic Space Invaders. The mad scientist Jocaba, now calling himself Mr. Face,...

Palm OS (2004)

Interlopers is a Space Invaders variant that expands on the original game by adding some new features. The basics are...

Internal Section PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Internal Section is a "tube shooter" in the tradition of Tempest and S.T.U.N Runner. The game uses a flat shaded,...

Windows (2003)

International 64k-rate is a remake of International Karate +. As in the original game 3 characters appear on the screen...

International Hockey Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Apple II (1987)

International Hockey is the sequel to Artworx's SLAP-SHOT! Hockey.The game features standard single player vs computer (3 skill levels) and...

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