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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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Orcs Must Die! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

In Orcs Must Die! the player takes control of a war mage who has to defend a number of fortresses...

Orcs Must Die! 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

After the young war mage has killed thousands of Orcs in Orcs Must Die! the invasion faded and he is...

Order Up! Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In Order Up!, the player follows a promising new chef from his (or her!) days flipping burgers at the fast...

Ordyne TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1988)

Ordyne is a horizontal side-scrolling shoot 'em up (also considered a "cute 'em up" due to its lighter tone) that...

The Oregon Trail iPad Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), Windows Mobile (2009), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2009), Android (2009), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2010) and webOS (2010)

Become a pioneer and make the famous crossing across America! Travel with fellow pioneers as you make your way across...

Windows (2003)

A blend of strategy and action, Ore no Ryomi is a simulator of a restaurant (or - more specifically -...

Windows (2004)

Ore no Ryomi 2: The Restaurant is a restaurant management game. Similarly to its predecessor, it's an action-strategy game where...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special release of BurgerTime for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains the original BurgerTime arcade game,...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This is a special release of Nekketsu Kouha: Kunio Kun for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains the original...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This is a special release of Konami's Quarth for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains the original arcade game,...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a release of Aero Fighters for PlayStation 2. The package includes the original coin-op version of the game...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special release of Konami's Terra Cresta for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains the original arcade...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special release of Konami's Time Pilot for the PlayStation 2 system. This package contains an emulated version...

Organ Trail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Organ Trail is a take on the classic game The Oregon Trail, replacing the travels of the American pioneers with...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the browser game Organ Trail. It maintains most of the content...

Organ Trail: Director's Cut iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Organ Trail: Director's Cut is an enhanced version of the browser game Organ Trail. It maintains most of the content...

Orguss SG-1000 Front Cover

SG-1000 (1984)

Orguss is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up based on the anime series of the same name. The inhabitants of Terram has constructed...

Oricmunch Oric Front Cover

Oric (1983)

Oricmunch is a Pac-Man variant with more or less identical gameplay as the original. The player controls the Oricmuncher and...

Oriental Games Amiga Front Cover

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

The Oriental Games offer skilled martial artists the chance to prove themselves in Kung Fu, Kendo and the relatively brutal...

Oriental Hero ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987)

The sequel to Ninja Master is a straight martial arts game, set in a contest in Outer Mongolia. The contest...

The Original Mulan DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

The Original Mulan takes the famous Chinese poem "Ballad of Mulan" as a background for this freely imagined story. The...

Atari ST (1993)

The Original is a Boulder Dash clone for 1-4 players. The game comes with 90 levels and in each of...

Original War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Original War looks like your standard RTS until you sit down and play it. It is similar to Myth, in...

O'Riley's Mine Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

As an Irish prospector named Timothy O'Riley, dig an unending series of mines searching for coal, gold, diamonds, rubies, and...

Commodore 64 (1988)

The stars in the constellation of Orion are unstable and the formation is distorting. To save it is to redress...

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