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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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ZX Spectrum (1990)

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

Laser Zone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

One of Jeff Minter's early eighties shoot'em'ups in his typical frantical style, Laser Zone has you controlling not one, but...

Last Action Hero DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Danny Madigan is watching a sneak preview of the latest film of his favourite hero, Jack Slater, when he is...

Amiga (1994)

The Amiga game based on the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Last Action Hero is a side-scrolling brawler in the vein...

Game Boy (1993) and Game Gear (1993)

The 1993 action/comedy/fantasy film Last Action Hero received a unique adaptation for portable systems. Like other versions, the game combines...

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

The 16-bit console version of the movie license Last Action Hero combines side-scrolling beat'em up levels with driving sequences.Players control...

NES (1993)

Last Action Hero for the NES adapts the 1993 Schwarzenegger film as a side-scrolling action title.Players control action hero Jack...

Last Alert TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1989)

In the near future, a cabal of 4 very evil, powerful men known as The Force is planning world domination...

Sharp X68000 (1991)

In 21st century, an alien race known as Kron began to prepare for an assault on the Earth. A defensive...

Last Battle Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1989), Amiga (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1989)

Last Battle is a side-scrolling beat-em-up game in which the player takes control of a martial artist named Aarzak who...

The Last Blade 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000), Neo Geo (1999), Neo Geo CD (1999), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1998)

The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai is a 2D fighting game which features anime-style characters that fight each...

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

A port of the successful 2D fighter Last Blade for the NeoGeo Pocket Color. The port features nearly all the...

The Last Blade PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), Neo Geo (1998), PSP (2007), Neo Geo CD (1998), PlayStation 3 (2007), Wii (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1997)

Choose one of several characters to play with, each with their own unique moves and special attacks. Each stage in...

The Last Bounty Hunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1996) and Arcade (1994)

The Last Bounty Hunter is a simple shooter in the tradition of American Laser Games's Mad Dog McCree. Fairly simple...

Last Bronx Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1996)

The leader of Soul Crew, the toughest gang in Tokyo, was viciously killed. Shortly after that an anonymous challenge appeared...

Last Bullet Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Last Bullet is an adventure game centering around the story of Karin Hibiki, a young girl whose father has gone...

Windows (2007)

Last Chaos is an MMORPG of Korean origin where different mortal races fight in the land of Iris. The land...

Windows (2008)

This special edition includes: Last Chaos Manual World map Special pet (a pink dragon) and a naming sign for a...

Windows (1995)

As Lieutenant 'Big L.', a player has to rescue his team of raw recruits from trouble, shooting off evil prehistoric...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1988)

Last Duel: Inter Planet War 2012 follows the story of two planets that are in war with each other. On...

The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1994)

The Last Dynasty is a hybrid game that casts the player in the role of the space pilot Mel Raauq....

DOS (1993)

In what has to be considered one of the most "original" games of all time, you are a flying beer...

The Last Flight of the Bumble Bee iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

The Last Flight of the Bumble Bee is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up created in 48 hours for the 2011 Global Game...

Last Galaxy Hero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Last Galaxy Hero you take the role of a lone solider against an alien robot horde. The game is...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

The Last Guardian is a side-scrolling space shoot'em up game. The player is a space shuttle pilot attacking alien spacecraft...

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