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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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Astro Chase Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

As pilot of a spaceship, your job is to save the planet Earth! Eight mega mines are slowly homing in,...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

To finally get rid of the vicious Seiddab, a crack pilot has been cloned 15 times, to produce an army...

ColecoVision (2013), MSX (2013), Odyssey 2 (2011), SG-1000 (2012) and Videopac+ G7400 (2011)

In Astrododge, the player controls a spaceship trying to avoid asteroids as the screen scrolls vertically for as long as...

DOS (1982)

In this Asteroids clone, you get points by shooting enemy ships, and asteroids which gradually break down into smaller and...

DOS (1994) and Windows (1999)

Astro Fire is an Asteroids variant, but with a few twists: instead of asteroids there are monsters of sorts to...

Astro Fury Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Jump into your single seater and blast a gigantic horde of alien invaders. Using eighteen different types of plasma guns...

SNES (1995)

Astro Go! Go! is an action-oriented racing game. The player has the choice between five vehicles which all have different...

Astro Invader ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (2005)

The Astro Invaders are attacking! You must use your laser base to defend the Earth. Beware of the incoming invaders...

Arcade (1980)

Astro Invader is a fixed screen shoot 'em up. The player moves his laser base across the bottom of the...

Atari ST (1986) and Commodore 64 (1984)

Astro Panic is a shoot'em up similar to Space Invaders except there are less enemies and they move around the...

Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

You play the game as a repair man equipped with a jetpack and an upwards firing plasma laser. Your mission...

AstroPop Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Xbox (2005) and Xbox 360 (2006)

AstroPop is an arcade puzzle game with similar gameplay to Magical Drop. The objective is to guide a space ship...

Game Boy (1990)

Astro Rabby is a top-down platformer in which the player takes control over a rabbit which has to travel through...

Astrosmash Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Intellivision (1981) and Mattel Aquarius (1983)

In Astrosmash you control a laser canon at the bottom of the screen; your goal is to earn as many...

DOS (1987)

Setting the scene for a shoot-'em-up game is always a stiff proposition and never anywhere more so than here: due...

Astro Tripper Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Astro Tripper is a remake of PomPom's debut game Space Tripper. Like its predecessor it plays similarly to Uridium which...

Astro Warrior SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Basic Sega shoot-em-up in which you must guide your ship through three zones while avoiding hazards. Your only weapon are...

Astro Warrior / Pit Pot SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Two games on one cartridge:Pit Pot: The Magical Castle The princess has been kidnapped. To rescue her, navigate your way...

Astyanax NES Front Cover

NES (1989) and Arcade (1989)

You are Astyanax, a sixteen year old boy that has the same dream night after night: A princess, calling for...

Asuka 120% Excellent: BURNING Fest. PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Another year, another martial arts tournament at Ryōran Private Girl's Academy, and once again, the best students from each club...

Asuka 120% Final: BURNING Fest. PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Asuka 120% Final is the third installment on the Asuka 120% all-girls fighting game to be released on PlayStation. Eleven...

Asuka 120% Limited: BURNING Fest. SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

The girls of Ryōran School for Young Women are back for their first and only official release on the SEGA...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

Ryoran Girls' Private Academy is a high-quality school, which specializes in arts and sciences, but also in martial arts. Each...

Asuka 120% Special: BURNING Fest. PlayStation Front Cover

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

Shiritsu Ryōran Jogakuin -- Ryōran Private Girl's Academy -- is a famous school which, since its founding only 30 years...

Arcade (1989)

Earth is invaded by a force called the Galaxy Highters in 1996, which was set in the future seen from...

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