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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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ZX81 (1984)

Pengy is based on the arcade game Pengo where you have to move about a maze and move the walls...

Penumbra: Black Plague Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Black Plague is the second major part of what was originally planned as the Penumbra trilogy. The story is picked...

Penumbra: Overture - Episode 1 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Penumbra: Overture is a first-person survival horror game. Originally created as a tech demo to showcase the in-house developed HPL...

Penumbra: Requiem Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Penumbra: Requiem is an expansion to Penumbra: Black Plague meant to tie up the loose ends of the game. It...

People Hate What They Can't Understand Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

People Hate What They Can't Understand is a short game made for Kafeithekeaton's "Open Surreal Game Challenge" of which the...

Pepenga Pengo Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995) and Wii (2009)

The Sno-Bees are back! One day in Antarctica, an asteroid crashes into the crystal that protects the penguins, shattering it...

Pepper II ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Pepper II is a maze game with zip! The object of Pepper II is simple enough, all you do is...

Windows (2002)

In this game the player takes the role of Pepper Man, a meerkat, who has to cross the land of...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Coca-Cola asked Atari to create a game cartridge for Coca-Cola's Atlanta employees. So Atari went and altered Space Invaders. In...

Pepsiman PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This game is based on the Japanese Pepsi mascot who appeared in different commercials in Japan. In these he appeared...

Percy Penguin BBC Micro Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Percy Penguin is a game similar to Pengo. It features two levels of difficulty (normal and fast), each with 3...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Percy the Pigeon needs to build a nest and this requires ten twigs to be collected which are scattered over...

DOS (1996)

Perdition's Gate is an unofficial commercial add-on for DOOM II. It replaces all 32 original levels and features some new...

Perfect Assassin DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

In Perfect Assassin, you play an assassin who has lost his memory somehow and you have to make sure he...

Windows (2003)

Perfect Cherry Blossom is the seventh game in Touhou series. It's like previous game, The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, but...

Perfect Dark Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Joanna Dark is an agent for the Carrington Institute, a secret organization funded by anonymous sources and dedicated to protecting...

Perfect Dark Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Joanna Dark is about to become a full-fledged agent of the Carrington Institute. Before she does, though, she has one...

Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2005)

Perfect Dark Zero is a prequel to the Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark, set years before the original game. Joanna...

Perfect Dark Zero (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover Outer Sleeve

Xbox 360 (2005)

This limited collector's edition is shipped in a tin case and includes the following:Perfect Dark ZeroBonus DVD with a The...

Perfect Weapon PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

You find yourself on a alien planet and must kick ass and take names using guns and kung fu. You...

The Perilous Voyage Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

It's a foggy day in the harbour, and the player is in control of a tall ship assigned the duty...

Perimeter: Emperor's Testament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The war between the Empire and the Harkbacks has been devastating the known universe for years. But suddenly there is...

Windows (2008)

This Gold Edition includes: Perimeter Perimeter: Emperor's Testament Special materials Modification tools

Perished: The Zurkez Project Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Perished: The Zurkez Project is a first-person game based on stealth and melee combat. Players control Zurkez, a child that...

Perpetuum Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

In the early 23rd century, humanity, in search of alternative energy sources, has stumbled upon technology to create tiny particle-sized...

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