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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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Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Fairy Tale Land faces its greatest crisis yet! A plague has swept through the population, turning former upstanding citizens into...

Little Samson NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Ta-Keed, the Prince of Darkness, has managed to escape from his supernatural penitentiary where he has had centuries to plot...

Littlest Pet Shop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Wii (2008)

Littlest Pet Shop is a game based around the Hasbro line of toys and the animated series of the same...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Littlest Pet Shop: Garden stars the characters from the Hasbro line of toys of the same name. Players can play...

Littlest Pet Shop: Jungle Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Littlest Pet Shop: Jungle stars the characters from the Hasbro line of toys of the same name. Players can play...

Nintendo DS (2009)

Littlest Pet Shop: Spring stars the characters from the Hasbro line of toys of the same name. Players can play...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Littlest Pet Shop: Winter stars the characters from the Hasbro line of toys of the same name. Players can play...

Livelayer Prototype Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Livelayer Prototype is a simple top-down maze game where the player controls a young girl who must find an exit...

Amstrad CPC (1990)

The Amstrad CPC appears to be the only released version of Grandslam's original vision of a licensed Liverpool FC game...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

In 1992, Liverpool FC had been the UK's leading club for most of the previous 30 years, although their FA...

Live Wire! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

A 3D puzzle game where you across a gridded landscape (Tron-cycle like) leaving a coloured trail behind you. Any square...

Livingstone II ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Amstrad PCW (1989)

This is the sequel to Livingstone Supongo. It means that Dr. Livingstone will return to our screens to be rescued...

Livingstone, I Presume? ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Livingstone, I Presume? is a video adventure technologically almost identical to Goody, however this game has a more complex map...

Lizard Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Lizard is a shoot 'em up game. Planets of the Reptilian System have formed an alliance to conquer the Earth....

Windows (2006)

The evil Daimon is threatening Dragonia and has turned your two fellow lizardmen into stone. Your task is to rescue...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Lizzard is a one button action game. A lizard will move across the screen from left to right. Somewhere at...

Lizzie McGuire 3: Homecoming Havoc Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Lizzie McGuire's cheerleading rival, Kate, has boasted that there will be no way Lizzie will be Homecoming Queen with the...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

A clone of the original Robotron, Llamatron uses the same principle but ups the action level, graphics and sound. For...

Atari ST (1993)

Llamazap is an action game of 25 stages in which you, as a completely hard and unspeakably beweaponed llama, set...

Llanelly House Hunt Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The story behind the game is that Llanelly House is being renovated and the owners need the players help to...

Load Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Load is an abstract, music heavy interpretation of the miracle of life. The player is cast as a single sperm...

Loaded PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Loaded is a violent, bloody game which places you in the boots of one of six characters, who are all...

Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and SEGA CD (1994)

Loadstar is a rail-shooter concerned with shooting enemies while navigating your ship, much like Sewer Shark. You're actually on rails...

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are a diver in an underwater maze. Throughout the maze are valuable diamonds, and your goal is to retrieve...

Lock 'n' Chase Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Intellivision (1982), Apple II (1983) and Arcade (1981)

Lock 'n' Chase is an arcade action game similar to Pac-Man. You play a thief who is trapped in a...

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