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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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Pegasus and the Phantom Riders TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1985)

Pegasus and the Phantom Riders is a derivative work of the arcade classic Joust. The player rides the white winged...

Peggle Nights Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Peggle Nights, the sequel to Peggle, is more of an expansion pack than a full-featured new game. The gameplay remains...

Windows (2007)

Peggle: World of Warcraft Edition is a free version of Peggle Nights, as a promotional game for both the Peggle...

Browser (2002)

Would it be funny if Strong Bad glued Strong Sad's hands to his face? Yes, because then he could throw...

Windows (2003)

In this platform game, you play Pekka, a rooster from Finland set out to rescue the chickens that were stolen...

Genesis (1994)

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, commonly known to us as football legend Pelé, licensed a second football game, featuring the 24...

Windows (2000)

A truly unique FPS. All the textures are scanned pencil drawings. All sound effects are made by the programmer with...

Pendulous Windows Phone Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and Windows Phone (2012)

Pendulous is a 2D, pendulum-motion platformer, set in a steam-driven clockwork world. The player controls a displaced gear, swinging from...

Windows (2000)

From Japan comes a unique game where you are given a ball on a string.The object of the game is...

Pendulum Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Pendulum Quest is a color matching game where a ball swings from a pendulum at the top of the screen....

Penetrator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982) and TRS-80 (1982)

Penetrator involves guiding your ship through a horizontally-scrolling arrangement of caverns, in a manner similar to Scramble. The ship must...

Pengo Atari 5200 Front Cover

Game Gear (1990), Atari 2600 (1984), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), BlackBerry (2009) and Arcade (1982)

In Pengo, you must defeat the enemy by pushing ice blocks together to crush them. You also can capture one...

Pengon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Just as the name implies, Pengon is a clone of Sega/Coreland's old arcade game, Pengo. You play Willy the penguin,...

Penguin Adventure MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986) and Wii (2009)

Penguin Adventure: the main character - a male penguin - must save the penguin princess from a sickness that has...

Penguin Angel iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Penguin Angel is a casual game for the iPhone. In the game, penguins have escaped from the London Zoo and...

Penguin-Kun Wars Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), NES (1985), MSX (1985), PC-88 (1985), Sharp X1 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

A penguin rolls spheres across a table attempting to knock its opponent out for points. The character with the fewest...

Penguin Land SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and SEGA Master System (1987)

In Penguin Land, you must control a penguin trying to get his (her?) egg down to the bottom of the...

Penguins Arena Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Penguins Arena is a First Penguin Shooter (FPS) where the player helps is own clan to push other penguin tribes...

Penguins' Journey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Penguin's Journey is an arcade puzzle game where the player must build bridges for migrating penguins.The penguins march slowly from...

Spectravideo (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

As any veteran gamer will have already realised, Pengwyn is based on Sega's Pengo. You guide your penguin around a...

Penumbra: Black Plague Windows Front Cover

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

Black Plague is the second major part of what was originally planned as the Penumbra trilogy. The story is picked...

Penumbra: Overture - Episode 1 Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Penumbra: Overture is a first-person survival horror game. Originally created as a tech demo to showcase the in-house developed HPL...

Penumbra: Requiem Windows Front Cover

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

Penumbra: Requiem is an expansion to Penumbra: Black Plague meant to tie up the loose ends of the game. It...

People Hate What They Can't Understand Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

People Hate What They Can't Understand is a short game made for Kafeithekeaton's "Open Surreal Game Challenge" of which the...

Pepenga Pengo Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

The Sno-Bees are back! One day in Antarctica, an asteroid crashes into the crystal that protects the penguins, shattering it...

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