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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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Project Neptune DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Taking on the role of special agent Robert "Rip" Steel, it is up to you to destroy the evil Yellow...

Project Nomads Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2005)

Project Nomads leads you into a very strange futuristic world. Your planet is destroyed, and all that's left are thousands...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Project Nova is a 1st person shooter where you are the pilot of a space craft and you must explore...

Project Overkill PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

In the distant future, mega-corporation Terracom has authorized its Off-World Colonization Division to expand to new planets through whatever means...

Project Paradise DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

A dark future forms the background of this action game. At the end of time rules only one powerful syndicate...

Project: Snowblind Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Project: Snowblind is a first-person spy action game set in the year 2065. You play Lt. Nathan Frost, a cybernetically...

Linux (2003) and Windows (2003)

In the future, after decades of war, the Weapco corporation, using its superior weaponry and AI driven craft, defeats both...

Project Stormos Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Project Stormos is a fast-paced game based around movement. The player controls Robo, a robot from the planet Binarios, to...

Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Project Sylpheed is an arcade-style shooter and is the follow-up to Silpheed: The Lost Planet on the PlayStation 2. The...

DOS (2002)

Project: Weltuntergang ("Project: Doomsday") is a standalone modification for the first-person shooter Wolfenstein 3D. The player controls B. J. Blazkowicz...

Project-X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1992)

Six levels of horizontally-scrolling shooting await in this R-Type style action game. The attack waves vary in style, with some...

Windows (2006)

Project Xenoclone is a science-fiction 3D shooter with a top-down view and moving camera, similar to Alien Shooter. It is...

Projectyle Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Projectyle is a single or multiplayer (1 to 3 players) hockey-type sports game of the future. It features smooth-scrolling, frantic...

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

Project Zero 2: Wii Edition is a remake of Fatal Frame II utilizing the game engine and style of Zero:...

Prophecy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

You have just left the peaceful town of CrissCross to defeat the evil Krellane and his powerful Empire. The residents...

Prophecy: Viking Child DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1992), Lynx (1991), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Cartoony side-scroller where you take the role of, as the title states, a viking child, in his quest to free...

Pro Pinball: Big Race USA Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

The table included in this pinball game has a taxi theme attached to it. As you slam the ball around...

Pro Pinball: Fantastic Journey Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

The fourth in the Pro Pinball series, this game once again features only one table. The theme is Victorian technology...

Pro Pinball: The Web DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1995), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

In this pinball simulation, you play on a table called "The Web". With the help of three flippers, you must...

Pro Pinball: Timeshock! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

The follow-up to The Web features a single but a very complex table. You have a 3D view of the...

Pro Pinball: Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2005), Dreamcast (2001), Xbox (2005) and Macintosh (2002)

This compilation contains the following three tables of Empire's Pro Pinball series:Pro Pinball: Timeshock! Pro Pinball: Big Race USA Pro...

Pro Powerboat Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

If this 'simulator' is to be believed, powerboat racing is a chaotic race across a number of largely one-directional tracks...

Pro Skateboard Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Codemasters applied the fast-pitching 3D isometric graphics of Marble Madness to this recreation of skateboarding. There are 7 levels of...

Prospector in the Mazes of Xor Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989)

Xor involves guiding two characters through 15 complex mazes to collect all the balloons within a move limit. Hazards such...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Prospector Pete is a game heavily influenced by the game O'Riley's Mine where you control Prospector Pete over 16 mines...

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