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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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Open Sonic the Hedgehog Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Open Sonic is a freeware, open-source platformer inspired by the venerable Sonic games of the nineties, but with some differences...

DOS (1989)

Operacion Cyborg is a side-scrolling run and gun game. In the game the player takes the role of a hero...

Opera Slinger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Opera Slinger is a unique blend of platforming action and karaoke game. You play the part of Forte, Opera Slinger...

Operation Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Operation is a computer game adaptation of the classic board game where the goal is to gingerly remove objects from...

Windows (2002)

Operation Blockade seems to be the unofficial sequel to Infogrames' earlier Beach Head 2002 as it's quite similar. The only...

Operation Blood Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Operation Blood is a first-person shooter. The player has to rescue imprisoned scientists. The protagonist, Captain Gamow, faces the enemy...

Operation Body Count DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

In the year 2012, Foreign Terrorists led by the infamous Victor Baloch have taken control of the Twin "U.N towers"...

Operation C Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Operation C is a Game Boy sequel to the popular NES titles Contra and Super C and is, essentially, a...

DOS (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Operation Carnage is an arena shooting game similar to Smash TV. The player controls a guy who tries to wreak...

Operation: Cleanstreets DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

You're Dirty Harry and you need to find and beat up dealers to get drugs and burn them outside the...

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Operation Flashpoint is designed as a realistic simulation of the modern army. The game takes place on large islands where...

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Skira is a lovely little island in the Pacific Ocean just north of Japan and was always the center of...

Windows (2009)

The Special Edition includes: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising A real and used army helmet with the game-logo imprinted Coupon for...

Operation Flashpoint: Elite Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

Operation Flashpoint: Elite is a port of the original Operation Flashpoint and its expansion Resistance for Xbox, but adds some...

Operation Flashpoint: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Gold Edition of Operation Flashpoint contains the original game and the Gold Upgrade (including the Red Hammer campaign).

Operation Flashpoint: Gold Upgrade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

For those who have played Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis to death, the gold upgrade adds plenty of new features,...

Operation Flashpoint: Red River Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

In Operation Flashpoint: Red River, players assume control of Outlaw-2-Bravo, a United States Marine Corps fireteam during a fictional conflict...

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance is the second expansion of Operation Flashpoint. It offers a new campaign on a new island with...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Lee Ho Fook and his forces has invaded Campuchia and forced the population to work as slaves in his Jade...

Operation Harrier DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Operation Harrier is an action game starring Britain's famous VTOL aircraft. It uses an enhanced version of the Rotoscape system...

Operation: Inner Space Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

Inner Space is an arcade-style shooter taking place inside a rather familiar environment: the player's computer. Evil forces have invaded,...

Windows (2004)

Operation: Invasion Evasion is a freeware action/light strategy game, modeled on the classic Cannon Fodder, but the enemy's soldiers are...

Operation Logic Bomb SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

At a secret lab developing technology in interdimensional physics, some kind of accident has occurred. Suddenly all contact is lost...

Operation Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Operation Mania is a time management game based on Hasbro's classic board game Operation. The game puts the player in...

Operation: Matriarchy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In the mid-24th century, a virus of unknown origin wiped through the Velian civilization. It affected only the women, twisting...

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