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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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ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

This is the Collector's Edition of ArcaniA: Gothic 4. In addition to the game itself, it includes: A3 Poster Sticker...

Arcania: The Complete Tale Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

This release contains: ArcaniA: Gothic 4 ArcaniA: Fall of SetarrifBoth releases are slip-streamed as a single title. For the PS3...

Windows (2004)

Arcanoid is a freeware Breakout game, so you have to clear a level filled with different colored bricks with the...

Archangel Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The player takes on the role of Michael Travinsky, who doesn't remember a lot of things after the car accident....

J2ME (2004)

Arch Angel is an action flight game that was pre-installed on certain models of Samsung mobile phones. In year 2028...

DOS (1985)

In Archery, the player is challenged to get an arrow as near the bullseye of a moving target, which descends...

Archetype iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Archetype is a 3D multiplayer FPS game for mobile platforms. It supports five versus five team based deathmatch over WIFI,...

Archimedean Dynasty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

In the future, resources became increasingly scarce, leading to continuous wars between various countries on Earth. The surface of the...

Archipelago Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Archipelago is a 3D puzzle game where the player removes blocks of color matching cubes from a rotating tower. This...

ArchMage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2007)

The small lake kingdom is under siege by an evil Demon overlord. His minions have risen from the underworld and...

Archon Classic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Archon Classic is a remake of the original Archon game from 1983. The game concept is still the same. On...

Archon II: Adept Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The sequel to Archon, Archon II: Adept features a more complex board and enhanced gameplay.Each side plays as an Adept...

Archon: The Light and the Dark PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Amiga (1985), NES (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Palm OS (2000), Macintosh (1986), iPhone (2012), PC-88 (1986), iPad (2012) and FM-7 (1988)

Archon: The Light and the Dark is a strategic board game with some similarities to chess. Two sides, a light...

Archon Ultra DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Archon Ultra is a complete remake of Archon. The game features a completely rewritten game engine, new graphics and sound...

Windows (2009)

Arc & Malice is a short platformer with a Victorian theme. The player commands a sergeant called Olaf who winds...

The Arc of Yesod Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

In Nodes of Yesod, a monolith was discovered on the moon that transferred data vital to earth's security to an...

ARC Squadron: Redux Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

ARC Squadron: Redux is a sci fi fighter pilot game in which the player takes on the role of a...

DOS (1991)

Six months after the events of Pharaoh's Tomb, the young assistant-turned-treasure hunter Nevada Smith yearns for another discovery. Not willing...

NES (1990) and Supervision (1992)

Penguin & Seal is an arcade action game similar to Pengo. The player controls a penguin who must gather gems...

Arctic Baron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

The Viking Union has a very dominant role in your society, as they control the vast railway networks. Could they...

Arctic Blue Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

In an unlikely partnership, a friendly whale swims beneath an exploration boat attempting to recover crates of flotsam and jetsam...

Arcticfox DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and PC-98 (1988)

In 2005, aliens have taken over Antarctica. You are sent in to combat them with the new super tank, the...

Arctic Moves DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Atari ST (2000)

The message used our frequency, but it didn't come from any of our commanders. It couldn't be! After verifying its...

Arctic Stud Poker Run Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A combination of poker and combat racing, Arctic Stud Poker Run puts you in the driver's seat of an all-terrain...

Arctic Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Arctic Tale is based on the National Geography documentary of the same name. Players control a polar bear (both cub...

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