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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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Neverwinter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Neverwinter is a MMORPG set in and around the Dungeons & Dragons city Neverwinter. It is a dark time and...

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 (Bomber Man World in Japan) is part of the Bomberman series and the direct sequel...

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...

New Super Luigi U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

New Super Luigi U is an expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U. It replaces Mario with Luigi as Player...

New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In an all new 2D side-scrolling adventure, Mario and Luigi return after nearly fifteen years. The first traditional Mario Bros....

New Super Mario Bros. 2  Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has another objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with...

New Super Mario Bros. U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2012)

New Super Mario Bros. U is the second console installment of the New Super Mario Bros. sub-series, and the first...

New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

A special bundle pack included in Wii U Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set that includes: New Super Mario Bros. U...

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Princess Peach has been kidnapped! Again! Everyone was celebrating the Princess' birthday when a giant birthday cake arrived... but then...

Newton Adventure Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Newton Adventure is a 2D platform game with a unique feature: in order to get through the 21 levels, the...

Newtonica iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Newtonica is an action game where players must catch meteors by dragging and flicking a pink and purple colored sphere....

Newtonica 2 iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Help the baby bird get to its mother. Touch the black sphere on the touch screen to send out a...

New World Order Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

New World Order is a single and multiplayer first person shooter in a near-future setting. A terrorist organization wants to...

New World Order: Deluxe Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This deluxe edition is a revised and advanced version of New World Order. The game is patched to version 1.42...

New York Bomb Blitz Spectravideo Front Cover

Spectravideo (1984)

In New York Bomb Blitz, the player is an invader from the planet TROK and assigned to destroy the city...

New York City Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You control Ed Hick, who decided to take a day trip to New York City in his red atomic Plymouth...

Nintendo DS (2007)

The game is a remake of the classic platformer The New Zealand Story. As in the original, the player takes...

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