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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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DOS (1996)

Larax & Zaco is a platform game. Each level takes place in and around a building with bonus items scattered...

Largo Winch .// Commando SAR PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Largo Winch, playboy billionaire and international crime fighter, attends the opening of a new chemical factory in Venezuela when the...

Atari 8-bit (2008)

LarkaNOID is a variant of Arkanoid. The player controls four paddles, each on a different side of the screen. Two...

Larva Mortus Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

The international agency in charge of investigating paranormal and strange phenomena have hired a new agent and it seems just...

Spectravideo (1985)

Larv is Swedish for larva, and as the name suggests, it's a "snake" game. Steer your larva, growing as it...

Windows (2000)

The fun of laser tag is now yours to enjoy wherever and whenever you desire. This non-violent game throws players...

Laser Blast Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1981)

In Laser Blast, you control an intergalactic spacecraft, and you need to destroy enemy ground forces. Using your laser blasts,...

LaserCat Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

LaserCat returns home one day to find that his owl friend Owlfriend has been kidnapped by the evil magic space...

Windows (2000)

Laser Clash is one of a package of games produced by The Code Zone. Games from this package were used,...

Arcade (1973)

Though it could be argued that it isn't technically a "video" game because it uses film rather than electronic video...

DOS (1983)

A variation on the TRON-inspired Light Cycle concept; the action takes place in an arena where the player must steer...

Laser Dolphin Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

"The Prime Minister has been kidnapped by aliens. Are you a bad enough dolphin to rescue the Prime Minister?" That's...

MSX (1989)

Laserfight! is a horizontally-scrolling shooter that is exceptionally similar to the classic Gradius. The visual design and power-up system are...

Laser Force Apple IIgs Front Cover

Apple IIgs (1989)

Two Marines find themselves under the power of an evil alien presence on a planet they are attempting to survey....

Atari 2600 (1983)

Laser Gates is a side scrolling shooter. Failsafe detonators inside the cryptic computer have malfunctioned, and your job is to...

Laser Ghost SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

Ghost City is a city that appears every 13 years and is full of goblins and ghosts who thirst for...

Arcade (1989)

A young girl has been kidnapped by a blue demon and to make matters worse the whole city is under...

Atari 8-bit (1986)

Your civilization is under attack, and it's down to you and your Laser Hawk helicopter to put things right. Destroy...

NES (1991)

In Laser Invasion you are trying to stop the enemy from deploying a new type of super weapon while saving...

Laser Lords CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1992)

Laser Lords is a comedic adventure game that takes place in space.In the game the player takes on the role...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Laser Run owes its entire gameplay to the sequence of the Star Wars arcade game where you fly through a...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Laser Snaker puts you in control of a hungry snake, which must travel around the screen eating all the variously...

Windows (1995)

LaserTank or Laser Tank is a 2D puzzle-solving game, similar to Lasermania or Laser Kombat. The player controls a tank,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Laser Tanks is multiplayer tank battling game. Two players have to duke it out in either an easy or hard...

ZX Spectrum (1990)

Laser War is a simple arcade game inspired by the movie Tron. Basically, it is a "light-cycles" competition, where the...

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