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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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3-D Frog Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In this 3D Pac-Man variation you control a frog who clears levels by eating bugs, worms and bubbles while evading...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1987)

As the name implies, 3D Galax takes the Space Invaders/Galaxian concept into the third dimension. Seen from a first-person cockpit...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

In 3D Galaxy Fighters (strongly inspired by the classic Galaga series), your mission is to defend the galaxy from hordes...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

3-D Glooper is a version of Pac-Man where you must move about a maze-like city eating blue blocks while trying...

Windows (1998)

The first of the first-generation deer hunting games to offer complete freedom of movement, Trophy Whitetail uses a build-like engine...

3D Infinity Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

3D Infinity is an on-rails space shooter that features real 3D graphics. The player controls a ship that can fire...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

The war on the Seiddab rages on, and you now take part in an attack on their moon base. You...

3D Marble Flip Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

3D Marble Flip is based on marble labyrinth games. The game contains a series of mazes that grow gradually more...

3D Maze Man: Amazing Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In this 3D take on the classic Pac-Man game you guide Maze Man through 9 different worlds, gobbling up objects...

3D Missile Madness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

3D Missile Madness is a 3D clone of the classic Defender style of gameplay. The player's ship can move left...

Windows (2002)

This remake of 3D Monster Maze features sound, color graphics and some extensions of the original game, such as auto-mapping...

ZX81 (1981)

3D Monster Maze was one of the first computer games to use a first-person 3D perspective. After being introduced to...

3D Ms. Maze: Tropical Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

3D Ms. Maze: Tropical Adventures is a single-player 3D Pac-Man variant that is very similar in style to 3D Maze...

Commodore 64 (1982)

Here's your chance to play Pac-Man in 3D. You view the action from the eyes of Pac Man in a...

3D Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

3D Pinball is an arcade pinball style game with 3-D effect for 1-4 players. This game also enable to select...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

A standard pinball table is featured in this simulation, but with the original addition of a tilted view of the...

3D Pinball Express Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

As the title implies, this is a 3D pinball game. The camera view is slightly isometric looking down the length...

3D-Puzzlespass Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

3D-Puzzlespass is basically a collection of 16 jigsaw puzzles. The player needs to assemble them within a time limit. But...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

After the Proxima War was won in the far reaches of space, Federation members have now gone back to their...

Windows (2000)

The federation is engaged in a brutal war with the bloodthirsty, vicious aliens. The aliens are preparing to unleash the...

Atari 8-bit (1980)

3-D Red Baron Dogfight/Flight Simulator is a simulation game where the player, flying a warplane, must shoot down an enemy...

3D Schiffe versenken Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The return of the classic board game "Battleship" in 3D. You can play against the computer AI (3 skill levels...

3D Scooter Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

3D Scooter Racing is an installment in Pantera Entertainment's 3D sports series. It allows players to participate in virtual scooter...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

The Seiddab (look at it twice and you'll get the joke) are on the rampage on the planet, and you...

PlayStation (1996)

3D Shooting Tsukuru is a game in which you can make your own 3D shooter games. There are lots of...

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