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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 (1987)

Level 5 is a 2D top down shooter set in a maze. The player is trapped inside a giant alien...

Windows (1997)

Level Pack 8 is an unofficial add-on for Carmageddon. It includes several community-made levels and utilities (taken from the internet),...

Leviathan Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Leviathan takes place on isometric science-fiction landscapes where all enemies have to be destroyed. So the player mans a space...

Lew Leon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Lew Leon (Leon the Lion) is a platform game that tells the story of a lion who tries to find...

LHX: Attack Chopper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Genesis (1992)

LHX: Attack Chopper is a helicopter simulation with a strong arcade focus. You can freely choose which missions to fly...

SNES (1994), FM Towns (1994), Sharp X68000 (1993) and Arcade (1983)

Libble Rabble resembles Qix in that it consists of a series of single-screen stages where the goal is to cut...

Liberation Maiden iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), iPad (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Shoko Ozora is the newly elected president of New Japan at a time when the country is being attacked by...

Liberty Wings iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Liberty Wings is a shooter set during World War II where the player controls a plane. The game mixes three...

DOS (1999)

Liero is like Worms but with players battling in realtime instead of turn-based.At the start of the game, each player...

Windows (2003)

Liero Xtreme is an online multiplayer game based on the original game called Liero. It is also similar to Worms...

Lifeboat iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In Lifeboat the player attempts to save as many passengers as they can by tilting their iPhone or iPod Touch...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The power to Earth is all supplied by one huge power station that orbits the planet but a problem has...

Life Force NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1986)

In a distant part of the universe, an alien creature called Zelos was born. As he grew so did his...

MSX (1987)

Life in the Fast Lane can best be described as a cross between Trailblazer, for its bouncy ball on a...

Windows (2008)

Life is a Race is a simple game which metaphorically depicts the human life as a course to be run...

Life Is Hard Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

From an existentialist point of view, the world is against you; everybody's life can be reduced to a hackneyed story...

Lifeless Planet Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Lifeless Planet is a game where the player controls an astronaut who signed up to a one-way mission to explore...

Lifeline PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

The year is 2029. The date is Christmas Eve. At the grand opening of the Japan Space Station Hotel, a...

BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

The Life of Repton is the second of three standalone expansion packs for Repton 3. It includes 40 new levels...

Windows (2002)

Light is a labyrinth game in which the player must escape from a hole he/she fell into. In each level...

The Light Corridor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The aim of the game is to guide a ball through 50 levels of walls, barriers and general obstacles. You...

Light Crusader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Genesis (1995) and Wii (2007)

In Light Crusader, you play the role of Sir David, a knight in the service of King Frederick. You are...

Light  Cycle ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Oric (1983)

This was an early interpretation of the Tron Light Cycles game style, in which the players (two on here, with...

Atari ST (1990)

Light Cycles is as the name implies a light cycles game. Two players tries to navigate their light cycles so...

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The Galaxy Federation has defeated the forces of the Orn Empire. But the former allies of Orn have united into...

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