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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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Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

In Nightdawn, the player takes the role of an engineer who has to prove that his remote-controlled tank is better...

Night Driver Atari 2600 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Atari 2600 (1980) and Arcade (1976)

Night Driver is an action racing game which takes place at night! Your goal is to score as many points...

DOS (1986)

As artillery games are wont to do, Night Fire sticks each player into the stuffy interior of a tank, placed...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

You control a zubat as it collects food in the night. The goal is to collect as much food as...

MSX (1984) and Tomy Tutor (1982)

In Night Flight, you fly an airplane above a city, leaving a trace of dots behind. If the trace forms...

Night Gunner ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984) and ZX81 (1982)

Night Gunner is set in World War II, and loosely simulates the Lancaster plane, but despite this, and despite being...

PC-98 (1992)

Night Gunner is a futuristic shooter completely different from the ZX Spectrum game of the same name. In the future,...

Night Hunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

NightHunter is an action game in which you actually get to play as Count Dracula. Dracula will have the ability...

Odyssey 2 (1983) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

In Nightmare the player controls a visitor to a haunted mansion. The goal is to escape from it through a...

Nightmare Busters SNES Front Cover

SNES (2013)

When an evil fiend called the Tyrant hijacks and spoils the dreams of small children, two bold leprechauns named Flynn...

Nightmare Circus Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Nightmare Circus is a beat'em-up mixed with elements from platform games and fighting games, made for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The...

Nightmare Creatures Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997) and Nintendo 64 (1997)

Adam Crowley, a once-respected scientist, now turned to black magic, has released a demonic contagion onto the streets of 1834...

Nightmare Creatures J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2003)

After studying abroad for many years, Jack Spade returns to Prague with his bride Angela. They shared their Czech childhood...

Arcade (2000)

This was an ancient story when people still believed in witchcraft.There lived one gravedigger at a very small village in...

Nightmare in the Toyfactory Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Nightmare in the Toyfactory is a 3D virtual reality modelling platform game for kids. The night before Christmas Professor Wizz-Bang...

Windows (1997)

Nightmare Ned is a puzzle-solving game presented as a platformer. Players control Ned who comes home from school and finds...

ZX81 (1981)

Your aim is to cross Nightmare Park from S to F without dying by completing various tasks that you come...

DOS (1992)

A remake of the classic Paratrooper. Kill all of the paratroopers before they reach the ground--and your turret.

Night Raid PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

In the year 3309, humanity has been taken over by computers. The planet was mechanized by the main computer Batinbo...

NES (1992)

Sutekh has gotten rid of local superhero Vortex, and now Metro City is in the hands of crime. You are...

Nightshade PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

The Nakatomi company is searching for the pieces of the Akujiki sword, shattered by Hotsuma in the predecessor, Shinobi. Luckily,...

Nightshade Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Between the Seas of the Seven Islands and the purple Mountains lies a valley. Time was that this area was...

Night Shift DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Macintosh (1990)

Night Shift is a strange platform/puzzle combo of a game. Thriving Toy Company seeks energetic employee to operate unconventional machine....

Nightshift Legacy: The Jaguar's Eye Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Once more, Mike and Isabel must go around the world searching for ancient artifacts. They must find the Jaguar's Eye,...

NiGHTS into Dreams... SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

It all started about two young kids. First there is this boy named Elliot Edwards who loves to play basketball,...

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