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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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Payday: The Heist Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Payday: The Heist is a co-operative first person shooter where players join a team of four career criminals and has...

MSX (1985)

In this driving game you control a freelance Japanese lorry driver. Who is responsible for his own freight and only...

PC-Bakterien! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Windows (2004)

PC-Bakterien! is set in the microcosm. A vicious attack of mean bacteria and viruses endangers the organism. You take the...

PSP (2008)

This collection includes the four PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) entries in Hudson Soft's Star Soldier series: Super Star Soldier (1990) Final...

TurboGrafx CD (1996)

This disc was included with the PC Engine Fan magazine. It contains a reduced version of Virgin Dream (lacking features...

DOS (1989)

PC-Fender is a Public Domain version of the classic Defender. As with the original game and most of its clones...

Commodore 64 (1984)

As a police constable, you must patrol a busy street while on the lookout for cars, punks, and robbers. When...

DOS (1982)

Written as a 16-line BASIC program published in PC Magazine, PChallenge may be described as Pong without the second player,...

PC-Man PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982)

A fairly faithful reproduction of the classic Pac-Man arcade game, considering its age and use of CGA graphics. As ever,...

Browser (2005)

P Diddy's P-Ball Challenge is a variant of the classic Pong created by the web comic artist Steve Napierski. With...

PlayStation (1995)

PD Ultraman Invaders is an updated remake of the original Space Invaders featuring a wide variety of heroes and villains...

SNES (1993)

It's the year 2015 and the most powerful organization of the planet, a company named Deutschland Moldavia, is threatening to...

Windows (1999)

Peacemaker is a 3D Shooter in which you control a helicopter. You play as a pilot working for a UN...

DOS (1994)

Norumbega was a peaceful land. But all is not well in Norumbega as, Fang Duck, the evil ruler of the...

Peanut Butter Panic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Peanut Butter Panic is a game for two players where your goal is to create peanut butter sandwiches! To do...

Peanuts: It's the Big Game, Charlie Brown! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

It's The Big Game Charlie Brown is an action adventure game that teaches children about baseball.Charlie Brown is the pitcher...

Windows (2000)

If you can't manage to come up with original ideas for your game, you can at least synthesise lots of...

Pearl Harbor: Attack! Attack! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

You are a turret gunman for the United States armed forces... and a lone one at that. To your great...

Pearl Harbor: Defend the Fleet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The early-morning quiet is shattered by the eerie whine of dive-bombers. You're the lead gunner on deck as you attempt...

Windows (2012)

In Pearl Harbor Encounter you must defend Pearl Harbor against attacking Japanese aircrafts. There are three type of planes in...

Pearl Harbor: Strike at Dawn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Pearl Harbor: Strike at Dawn is an action oriented game were the player fights against the Japanese forces. In three...

Wii (2010)

Pearl Harbor Trilogy: 1941: Red Sun Rising is a reworking of the 2007 game Attack on Pearl Harbor of which...

Pearl Harbor: Zero Hour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Pearl Harbor: Zero Hour is a World War II air combat game. As the emphasis is on action, and not...

DOS (1988)

Pearl Harbour takes you back to December 7th, 1942 (curiously, that's exactly one year after the historical battle -- then...

DOS (1994)

You are Pete and your mission is to shoot evil peas. There are different levels, lots of bonus items, aliens...

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