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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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Windows (2004)

This adventure game sends Nyamiru, a cavalier puss-in-boots, and Bonzu, a pooch in a kabuto, through four levels of a...

Nyan-Tech Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Nyan-Tech is a retro-style platform game where the goal is simply to guide a small cat-girl to collect a key...

Arcade (1986)

N.Y. Captor is a light-gun game where from a 1st person perspective you shoot various bad guys who run onto...

DOS (1988)

Nyet is a freeware Tetris clone using ANSI graphics. The following was taken from the game's readme file:Although I did...

NY Warriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

NY Warriors is a top down action game in which you must face various armed gangs in a post apocalyptic...

NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), Wii (2009), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

NyxQuest is a platform game. You control Nyx, a mysterious winged girl in the search of her missing friend Icarus....

Windows (2003)

O2Jam is a rhythm and music game similar to IIDX, but with some fair amount of differences. The basic premise...

Oasis Ostinato Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Oasis Ostinato is a rhythm-based defend-your-castle-style of game set in a garden. At dusk, the player needs to defend a...

Amiga (1991)

In The Oath, the female pilot Atras wants to join a mercenary group but has to pass a test first....

Atari 2600 (1983)

A classic Asterix & Obelix game where you simultaneously play as (both) Asterix and Obelix maintaining their favorite Gaulish sport...

Oberon 69 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You find yourself in a world where the air has become unbreathable and Sun's light barely reaches planet Earth. With...

Obitus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SNES (1994), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

A medieval history lecturer named Wil Mason has been transported to the fantasy world of Middlemere, which is ruled by...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Oblido is an arcade puzzle game where you have to move four sets of nine counters made up of different...

Obliterator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

You play Drak, the last of the Obliterators (genetically enhanced machines bio engineered for otherwise impossible missions.) Your mission is...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Obocchama-kun is an action game based on the TV anime of the same name (which itself is based on a...

ObsCure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Something is very wrong at Leafmore High. The entire school has turned dark and foreboding, strange sounds echo in the...

ObsCure: The Aftermath Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2009) and Wii (2008)

It has been two years since the incident at Leafmore High you witnessed in ObsCure and the survivors of the...

Obsession Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1995) and Atari ST (1994)

This is a pinball simulator with four different tables, each with its own set of graphics, music, sound effects and...

Occupied iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and Windows Phone (2011)

Sooner or later, everyone has to go to the bathroom. But which one? This game puts the player in charge...

Windows (2006)

Ocean Commander is a single-player, side-scrolling, arcade style shooter. By 3011 the planet has undergone a series of climactic and...

Oceans Forever Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Oceans Forever is a puzzle game where you are a fish desperately trying to save its son. In every level...

Windows (2003)

Play as Ooe Rumiko, bored and hungry secretary, in this arcade-style game from Japan. Ooe must navigate through eight different...

Windows (2003)

Ochakumi + is the game Ochakumi with a new main character and more levels, most of which are outside of...

Octapolis Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

By the year 3897 the Galactic Imperium had conquered almost the entire galaxy. Only the planet Octapolis could resist the...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2011)

Octodad is a rather original game both in art/story and in gameplay made by some students at the De Paul...

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