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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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Knights of the Crystallion Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

A city has been formed from the bones of a long-dead Orodrid creature, and you are from one of the...

Knights of the Round SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Arcade (1991)

In Knights of the Round, play the role of one of three knights from the Arthurian legends. The three characters...

Knights of the Temple II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

In Knights of the Temple II, you again play the role of a Templar knight: Paul de Raque, the grandmaster...

Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Knights of the Temple is a dynamic camera third-person hack and slash game set in the medieval times.You take the...

Arcade (1999)

Knights of Valour is a 2D (2.5D gameplay) arcade weapon-based side scrolling beat'em up, like Golden Axe or Dungeons &...

PC-88 (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

Knither is the sequel to Demon Crystal. The gameplay is similar - collect keys to open locked areas, find the...

Windows (2000)

The object of Knockin is to collect as many coins to reach the points to win before your opponents do....

Knock-knock! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Windows Phone (2014)

There is a cabin in the woods that serves as a laboratory and a dwelling for a Lodger. Lately the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Knock Out is a clone of the arcade game Breakout where you have to move a bat at the bottom...

KNOCKOUT Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Ready to match reflexes with your Atari, mano-a-mano? Sports Illustrated lent its name to this early boxing simulation, which gives...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Light Cycles games involve guiding a beam of light around a screen, against opponents who do the same thing. The...

DOS (1986)

Knoxblock! is a simple Breakout clone written in PCjr Cartridge BASIC. At the bottom of the screen is a paddle,...

Knuckle Busters Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

By 2133, crime is so out-of-control that a more advanced solution than prison is required - offenders have their minds...

Wii (2009) and Arcade (1992)

Knuckle Heads is 2D weapon-based fighting game. The player chooses one from six characters and fights against others. Each character...

Knuckles' Chaotix SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1995)

Knuckles Chaotix is a spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series of Genesis games. The starring character in this title...

Windows (1997)

Knuddel's Quest is a shareware puzzle-action-adventure game.The object of the game is to get Knuddle, the hero who has been...

Windows (2006)

Little Knytt is playing outside when he is suddenly abducted by a UFO. It collides with a meteorite and crash...

Windows (2007)

As a continuation of the previous Knytt games, Knytt Experiment was originally conceived as a large universe that kept expanding...

Windows (2007)

Knytt Stories, the sequel to Knytt, is a jump-and-run platformer with a distinctive minimalist art style. It is set in...

Knytt Underground Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Wii U (2013)

Knytt Underground is a side-scrolling exploration platformer with a simple basic goal: the world (as the name suggests a underground...

DOS (1997)

Koach Tzabar is a promotional game distributed along with the Israeli Tzabar Salads. The gameplay is similar to Xonix. The...

Windows (2004)

Kochmeister Pfanne XXL is a Moorhuhn variant where the player takes the role of a male or female chef. The...

BREW (2006) and J2ME (2005)

Kodo is a puzzle game where one button (any button) controls all the action. The object of the game is...

Atari 5200 (2003)

Koffi is a little kopter so when the emergencies came, the big kopters wouldn't let him go. But now he...

KOF: Maximum Impact PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2005)

The Addis gang, which has long controlled Southtown, has been struck a major blow. Their leader, Fate, has been killed...

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