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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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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...

The New Zealand Story Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), NES (1991), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008), FM Towns (1989), Sharp X68000 (1989) and Arcade (1988)

One day, a kiwi tribe was having fun and games outside the zoo, only to be kidnapped by the evil-minded...

The Next Tetris: On-Line Edition Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

This is a new version of The Next Tetris with online play over SegaNet. It includes the original Tetris along...

The Next Tetris Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

It's Tetris, only... new. The Tetris series returns to its roots, eschewing the Disney characters, 3D pieces, hats, and letters...

Nexuiz Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2008)

Nexuiz is an open source 3D multiplayer shooter, licensed under the GPL, and has been in development for over 3...

Nexuiz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Nexuiz is a commercial remake of the 2005 open source shooter Nexuiz. In the future, arena battles are broad-casted over...

Atari 8-bit (1996)

Nexus is a simple FPP labyrinth game. The player takes on the role of a rebel against authority and as...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

You are a journalist for a paper called The Clarion and you have been sent by your editor to a...

Nexus: The Jupiter Incident Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

At the dawn of the 22nd century, the solar system was being controlled by huge corporations. One of these corporations...

Nexzr TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

In the year 2012 an alien armada attacked the Earth. Two young pilots were in the midst of a battle,...

NFK: Santa's Gone Postal Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this 3D shooter, the player gets to control a psychotic hunter named Harry disguised as Santa. Harry never liked...

NFL Blitz PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998), Nintendo 64 (1998), Game Boy Color (1998) and Arcade (1997)

NFL Blitz gives the National Football League the same over-the-top treatment that Midway had used so effectively with NBA Jam....

NFL Blitz 2000 Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

New edition of Midway's "NFL Jam" action/sports game where the emphasis is on bone-crushing action rather than sport simulation.Additions this...

NFL Blitz 2001 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

No refs... No rules... Just 'classic' gridiron. Late hits, pass interferences, and other penalties are encouraged (though you can't run...

NFLRZ Emergency Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

NFLRZ Emergency is a 'search and rescue' avoidance game, where one plays as 'Torgogo' who is on a mission to...

NFL Street PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

NFL STREET is an arcade style football game that is based on pick up football. There are no helmets or...

NFL Street 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and PSP (2006)

The NFL Street Series is back. The game continues its humorous approach to NFL, like all of the various sports...

NFL Tour PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

NFL Tour is a side-step to other football games, instead of starting out in the NFL, you play with NFL...

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