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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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Olli & Lissa 3: The Candlelight Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

This is the third game starring the doggie duo, and it features Olli's attempt to retrieve the parts for his...

Olli & Lissa: The Ghost of Shilmore Castle ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Panic at Shilmore Castle! For years it is inhabited by ghost Sir Humphrey and his pals Olli and Lisa but...

OlliOlli Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and PS Vita (2014)

OlliOlli is a 2D side-scrolling street skateboarding game with a pixel visual style. The player guides a skateboarder through different...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this game, players navigate a spaceship, using its built-in laser to destroy enemy ships in the process. Once players...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Players control an UFO equipped with two types of weapons: laser shots that destroy any aircraft that approaches it, and...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Ollo: Missions I & II is a collection of the following two games by Entertainment and Computer Products Pty. Ltd:...

DOS (1995)

Olmang Jolmang Paradise is a Space Harrier-like arcade 3D shooter that allows one or two players to control characters from...

Amiga (1999)

Hundreds of thousands of years into the future, the descendants of mankind live on artificial planets in a solar system...

Omega Assault PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Omega Assault is a shooter where the player takes control of a large mech robot. The game is played from...

Omega Boost PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

For centuries the intelligence known as AlphaCore has been growing inside of human computer networks, slyly and invisibly pushing humanity...

Omega Enfo Bla Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Omega Enfo Bla is a quirky collection of mini-games played in quick succession, similar in gameplay to the WarioWare games....

Omega Five Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Omega Five is a horizontal shoot-em-up, spanning four levels. The player can choose between up to four playable characters. Each...

Omega Race Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), VIC-20 (1982) and Arcade (1981)

This is a remake of a Bally-Midway arcade game. You control a spaceship and shoot down the enemy "Droid" ships...

Omega Run ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Fanatics have captured the building in which the destructive Doomsday device is stored, and have set it to explode. This...

Omelette Quest Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2009)

Omelette Quest is a cooperative side-scrolling puzzle game for two players. Both players control a single blob-like figure who have...

Omikron: The Nomad Soul Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Dreamcast (2000)

The futuristic city of Omikron on the planet Phaenon is sprawling beneath a huge crystal dome. It was erected to...

Ominous Horizons: A Paladin's Calling Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Mainz, Germany, 1455. Johannes Gutenberg, creator of the printing press, completed his great masterpiece: a printed Bible. Thus, a new...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Abracadabra is another part in Once Upon A Time series and interactive book for kids similar to another part in...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Based on Charles Perrault's tale, the game is an interactive book for kids and another part in the Once Upon...

One PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

In this game your goal is to find out who you are. One of your only clues is a bar...

One and One Story Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

One and One Story is a game about a relationship between a boy and a girl played as a single-screen...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The Master has risen from his resting place thanks to The Brotherhood in a research station deep in a unknown...

Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad is the first game for the Oneechanbara franchise for the Xbox 360. As it does for...

Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Sisters Aya and Saki are back again in the long running Onechanbara franchise to stem the evil multitudes of zombies...

One Finger Death Punch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2013)

One Finger Death Punch is a fast-paced fighting game with stickmen entirely controlled through the two mouse buttons, two keyboard...

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