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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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Commodore 64 (1983) and Arcade (1981)

In Lazarian, the player controls a space ship going through missions to rescue other space ships which have become stranded....

Lazarus Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Lazarus is a platform game, where you control a soldier whose mission is to collect 5 items scattered around 5...

Amiga (1995)

Lazarus is a platform game with some adventure elements. The action takes place in a not specified future. The story...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Lazer 900 is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft at the bottom of the screen,...

DOS (1988)

Lazer Beam Wars is a single-player game that plays much like a Tron clone.The player and the PC start off...

Lazer Bykes MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and MSX (1985)

This is one of those Tron-style games where you and an opponent, either human or computer-controled, ride light cycles in...

Lazer Force Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Lazer Force allows you to play four versions of classic arcade games over 32 levels.The first level is a top...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Lazer Tag is a game based on the sports brand of the same name. The real activity involves walking around...

Lazer Trap Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Lazer Trap is a abstract game similar to the classic arcade game Qix in gameplay. Your aim is to fill...

Lazer Wheel ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Aliens have decided to invade the eight sectors of the Hyperspace Causeway by planting bombs to destroy them. You are...

Lazy Jones MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

Welcome to the World of Lazy Jones. You play the role of a janitor in this game, a lazy janitor...

Lazy Raiders Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Lazy Raiders is a platformer about an extremely lazy explorer. His quest is to retrieve sixteen lost relics sealed in...

LBreakout2 Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2004), OS/2 (2006) and BeOS (2004)

LBreakout2 is an open source Breakout variant. The player controls a paddle to bounce back a ball, break a group...

TurboGrafx CD (1991) and Wii (2009)

One day during a school break, a boy and a girl met in the yard and started drawing monsters and...

Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Settled in the the American west during the nineteenth century, Lead and Gold is a a third person shooter made...

Leander Genesis Front Cover

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

The titular hero travels through this platform action game, slashing up mutant creatures with a sword and battling the evil...

Atari 8-bit (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Leaper is based on the game Jumping Jack where you have to get to the top of the screen by...

Leapfrog ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Leapfrog is a single player variant of Frogger.The player takes control of a frog sitting by the side of the...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Leaping Larry is a flick-screen platformer where you play the role of Larry, a caveman who has been given the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are Special Agent Louis Mooney aka Leapin' Louie and you have been captured by the Grong Empire and you...

Leap Sheep! iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

In Leap Sheep! the player has to help a flock of sheep jumping over a fence so that they can...

Learning with FuzzyWOMP Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1984)

There are four kinds of education as different games for kids. They include knowledge and order of the digits (the...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

A squad of four tough-guy soldiers have to take out some foes in a jungle. As the game starts, four...

Leave Home Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Leave Home is an abstract space shooter with a game session of a fixed length. The challenge is in scoring...

Leaving Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Leaving is a short interactive story made by William David as a way to say goodbye to his colleagues at...

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