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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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Lethal Weapon Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

In this game, based on the movie series, you can play as Martin Riggs or Roger Murtaugh to complete four...

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1993)

This version of Lethal Weapon has an emphasis on beating the bad guys with the fists, although Martin Riggs and...

Lethal Weapon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1992)

The movie license Lethal Weapon on the SNES is broadly similar to the game on computers, but features unique levels...

Lethal Xcess: Wings of Death II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

After the events of Wings of Death, the once evil sorcerer Sagyr has been reintegrated into society and only does...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Lethal Zone is a German horizontal shooter in the same vein as the R-Type series of games. You control a...

Odyssey 2 (1984) and Videopac+ G7400 (1984)

Le Trésor Englouti + is an underwater treasure hunting game. The player controls a diver who has to enter three...

Browser (2012)

Don't Look Back is the exception rather than the rule -- as the God of War series so clearly indicates,...

Let's Play: Schools Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Let's Play: Schools is another game in the Let's Play brand. In this game, the player acts as a young...

Let's Ride!: Corral Club Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Let's Ride: Corral Club is a horseback riding game. The game allows the player to customize the appearance of the...

Leucistic Wyvern Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Leucistic Wyvern is a third-person scrolling shooter reminiscent of Space Harrier. The player controls a wyvern from behind, shooting at...

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...

Arcade (1984)

Liberation is a 2D scrolling top down shooter. The game has two sections - first, the player controls a helicopter,...

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...

Arcade (1982)

Liberator is rather like a reverse Missile Command. Your guns are at the four corners of the screen. In the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

You are mankinds only hope as huge Motherships and their fighters from the Anconian Fleet are poised to attack and...

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...

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