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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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O.D.T. - Escape... Or Die Trying Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

The airship Nautiflyus, piloted by the famous hero Captain Lamat, was on its way to deliver the wondrous Green Pearl...

Amiga (1995)

The hero of this game does have his share of family conflicts. His uncle murdered his father who also happened...

NES (1991)

The game is based on a popular animé series for children. The hero Anpanman is the son of the baker...

PC-98 (1993)

Long time ago, the king god Reg and the evil god Barbados fought each other in a titanic battle. But...

Browser (2012)

Offensive Combat is the world's deadliest underground competition. Using exotic gear and cutting-edge weaponry, elite warriors from around the globe...

Office Jerk iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and Android (2011)

Some six years after Throw Paper!'s trailblazing work, some new developers have improved the game by upgrading the target from...

The Office Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Based on the TV show of the same name, The Office puts you into a competition against your rivals for...

The Official America's Cup Sailing Simulation Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Yachting’s most prestigious event is brought to life in this simulation of the 24.3 mile course off Perth that it...

Windows (2008)

The Official EDGE Computer Game is a short, one-day programming effort by Nicklas Nygren created at the Edgefestivalen. He did...

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

The game is set on Christmas Eve, with Santa (Father Christmas) rushing to deliver presents to the entire world.After the...

DOS (1988)

Offroad is an arcade action game in the style of Moon Patrol.You drive a four-wheel-drive truck across a one-dimensional desert....

Off-Road Arena Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Choose one from nine cars and race against six opponents in arena stadiums through all major cities of America.The Arcade...

Off-Road Velociraptor Safari Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Browser (2008)

To spice up the concept of a tourist safari, this game has the player control a velociraptor driving a jeep....

Off Shore Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Society has become ultra-peaceful, but some retain a lust for violence and carnage. Off-shore racing fills that void perfectly in...

Offspring Fling! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Offspring Fling! is a puzzle platform game. A monster has scared away all of a mother's furry children and she...

Off the Rails Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The player must guide a handcart through a series of obstacles to its destination within a time limit. To power...

Off the Wall Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1989)

Off The Wall is an arcade action game with Breakout style gameplay. You control Kung Fu Lu, whose mission is...

Off-World Interceptor PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995) and 3DO (1994)

You play a Trashman, a bounty hunter paid to capture criminal scum hiding on harsh alien worlds. Your job is...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Off Your Rocker is a Simon Says... type game for one to four players, alternating. The character on the screen...

Oh! Hajiki Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Oh! Hajiki is a simple action game where the player controls a marble on a square platform, and attempts to...

Oh Mummy ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1984)

The pyramids of ancient Egypt are known to be full of treasure, but it will take a brave man to...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Oh No! is a fast paced shoot'em up with multi directional scrolling. Taking place in the far far future, you'll...

Oh Shit! MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984)

This game is a Pac-Man clone for the MSX platform featuring graphics, sound, levels, ghosts and bonus fruits exactly as...

Oh!SUSHI Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and Android (2012)

Oh!SUSHI is a time management game where the player has to cook and serve sushi to hungry customers. The game...

Oids Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1987) and Macintosh (1990)

Oids may be described as a cross between the classic arcade games Gravitar and Choplifter, including a game editor for...

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