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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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Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

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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...

Lock n' Chase Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

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

Lock N' Load Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Not to be confused with Pier 57's Lock 'n' Load shooter compilation, this one contains a 5 mission demo of...

Lock On SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Lock On is a jet fighter game that has the classic one man vs. the forces of evil formula. After...

Lock-On PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987) and Arcade (1986)

You are a fighter pilot going through wave after wave of enemies from a 1st Person Perspective. You control a...

Loco Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

The trains carrying fruit out of Fruitopolis need your help filling them. As the trains pass through each town you...

Loco: Christmas Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

There's a shortage of gifts at North Pole Central and Santa needs your help for Christmas is just around the...

LocoCycle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and Xbox One (2013)

LocoCycle is an action game where the player controls I.R.I.S., a sentient assassin motorcycle dragging behind the screaming engineer Pablo...

Intellivision (1982) and Arcade (1982)

Loco-Motion is a puzzle-style arcade game in which a train is riding on a grid of movable track pieces. The...

LocoRoco PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

The blob-like LocoRoco are in trouble! A meteor has crash-landed on their planet, bringing with it the black, shaggy Moja...

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