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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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Planet Fish iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Planet Fish is the first game by Ludia based on an original IP. The first version of the game was...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Planet Invasion is a straight-forward Defender clone. As in the original, you patrol a horizontally scrolling landscape infested with Praetorian...

Planet of the Apes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2002)

Released around the same time as the remake (2001 Tim Burton) of the original film (1968 Franklin J. Schaffner), yet...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Based on the series of 1960's movies that starred legendary actors such as Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, the player...

Windows (2008)

Planet of the Jellies is a Space Invaders clone mixed with match-three puzzle gameplay. Players can click the Space Invaders...

Planetoids ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

An Asteroids clone. You control a spaceship in a planetoid field, trying to avoid hitting them and at the same...

Planet Patrol Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are on patrol to find and destroy enemy fuel depots.Your ship flies to the left, while you control you...

ZX81 (1983)

Planet Raider is a double game pack that contains:Planet Raider: A side view horizontal shooter with the screen scrolling left...

Planet Ring Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Indulge yourself in a totally new concept, created by Sega for its world of Online gaming and experience a new...

PlanetSide Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide is a Massively Multiplayer First-Person Action Game in which players join one of three Empires fighting for control over...

PlanetSide 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter that delivers combat on a large scale with up to...

Windows (2004)

PlanetSide: Aftershock is a bundle of the following games: PlanetSide PlanetSide: Core Combat It also introduces the so-called "Battle Frame...

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide: Core Combat is an add-on for the online-shooter PlanetSide with the following new features (all available to both factions):...

Planet Smashers Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1990)

Planet Smashers is a vertically scrolling shooter similar to Xevious. Power ups can be captured by destroying cargo ships. Power...

DOS (1994)

This football game features practically every international team available with its corresponding players (circa 1994) and with gameplay modes that...

Plantasia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), BREW (2007), J2ME (2007) and Macintosh (2006)

Holly is a fairy-in-training, about to embark on her last task before becoming a full-fledged fairy. She has just arrived...

Plant This! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Gopher was born in a top secret government facility. The facility was headed by a wise old professor. Gopher befriended...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Plaque Attack, your goal is to protect a mouthful of teeth from a variety of incoming foods! You control...

Apple II (1983)

In Plasmania, you are a microscopic ship traveling through your patient's bloodstream destroying viruses and pathogens. Be careful though! Every...

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

Plasma Pong is a clone of the classic arcade game Pong. What makes it different from the original is the...

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein is the successor of Star Gladiator released for Playstation. Like its predecessor it was first...

Plasmatron Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Command has sent you to explore what you thought was a deserted empire colony. Unfortunately, they questioned your loyalty and...

Windows (2007)

Something has gone wrong at a far-flung future archaeological dig; a Plasma Warrior has been called in to clean up...

Plasmaworm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Plasmaworm is an arcade game for all ages. It is a modern relative of early computer games such as Snake,...

Windows (2008)

Playing off a natural antagonism at the landfill, this game puts the player in control of a charismatic, revolutionary shopping...

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