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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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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...

Oil's Well DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Guide your drilling bit through the underground tunnels and collect the dots of oil. Be sure to avoid the underground...

Oil's Well Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and MSX (1985)

Extend your oil-mining robotic arm deep below the earth's crust to mine oil and line your pockets. But watch out...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Oink! is based on the fairy tale of the three little pigs. The big bad wolf is trying to blow...

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

Oink! is based on the British comic magazine of the same name. The chief editor, Uncle Pigg, has a problem:...

Ōkami PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2008)

From Capcom's Clover studios, the team behind Viewtiful Joe 2, comes a 3-D cell shaded action adventure in the world...

Ōkamiden Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

In a fitting reflection of the relationship shared with Amaterasu, the powerful sun goddess who embodied a wolf in Ōkami,...

Old Ironsides Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Old Ironsides is a two player game that simulates nineteenth century naval combat. The action takes place on a single...

Old School Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Chris wakes up in a dark, spike-filled cavern with no recollection of how long he's been out. What happened? Mango!...

Oleg Sobolev's ASCII DOOM DOS Front Cover file_id.diz

DOS (1999)

If indeed DOOM can be boiled down to shooting people with a shotgun from a first-person perspective while running around...

Oliver & Company Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You are Oliver, a cat from the Disney movie "Oliver & Company". The game is 3rd person perspective arcade scroller.Plot...

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