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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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DOS (1993)

This first-person 3D space shooter that Novell, Inc. released to show NetWare's IPX capabilities has single-player and multi-player modes.During gameplay...

SNES (1993)

Duke, the son of Count Wein of Neugier, was exiled from the country by his father a long time ago....

Neuro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Several centuries in the future, Earth is at the center of a galaxy-spanning empire. Most colonies are loyal to Earth,...

Windows 3.x (1994), 3DO (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

Want to see some naked women? Then you are part of the target audience of this game. The premise: the...

Neutopia TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2007)

The princess Aurora was kidnapped by the evil Dirth, and the king send a warrior named Jazeta on a mission...

Neutopia II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991) and Wii (2007)

Some years have passed since the brave hero Jazeta destroyed Dirth, the Emperor of Darkness. Peace has returned to the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

It was never going to be an easy job being the commander of the Nebulax Trilogy which contains three hostile...

Neutral Zone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

The player is taken to the outer edges of the galaxy, and their mission is to protect Alpha IV from...

Odyssey 2 (1984) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

In Neutron Star the player controls a spaceship trying to defend a system of satellites from being hit by planet...

Neutron Zapper VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

You are the pilot of the fastest starship in the galaxy armed with dual anti-gravity thrusters and a powerful laser...

Linux (2003) and Windows (2003)

Neverball is a 3D game, in which you must guide a rolling ball through various levels of obstacles, while collecting...

NeverDead PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

NeverDead is a third-person shooter starring protagonist Bryce Boltzmann. He is a demon hunter of over 500 years old who...

The Neverending Story II: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

The Neverending Story II is a platform game which is largely based on the movie. The concept is simple: you're...

Browser (2005)

Nevermore is a very short side-scrolling platformer. The object of the game is simply to get to the end of...

Nevermore Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Nevermore is a short fighting game set in the playground of a school where all the big boys are bullying...

New Adventure Island TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2006)

Somewhere on the peaceful Adventure Island, Master Higgins weds Tina, the new "Miss Island". Everyone who was invited to the...

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley is a puzzle platforming game featuring Mary-Kate, Ashley, and their dog Clue. In...

Arcade (1992)

New Atomic Punk - Global Quest (or Bomber Man World) is part of the Bomberman series, a continuation of Atomic...

MSX (1988)

New Boggle Boggle is an arcade-style platformer very similar to Bubble Bobble. In a single-player game the player controls a...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

New Boggle Boggle 2 looks and plays identically to New Boggle Boggle. It features 150 stages, most of which are...

NES (1990)

New Ghostbusters II follows loosely the original Ivan Reitman's film plot. You start out by selecting two ghostbusters out of...

Newgrounds Rumble Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Inspired by the Super Smash Brothers series, this is a hectic 2D fighting game that brings together many known characters...

New International Track & Field Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

New International Track & Field is a 21st century update of the NES game that features 24 events to compete...

New Legends Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

You are Sun Soo, a young noble fighting to free the Soo Kingdom and the rest of China from the...

New Rally-X Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006), Sharp X1 (1983), FM-7 (1984) and Arcade (1981)

New Rally-X is a sequel to Rally-X. The player controls a blue racing car in a maze using a top-down...

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