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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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Oxxonian Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Oxxonian's people are under attack from the super-villain Zargo. Using a Transnuclear Hypernipple device he beams some fearsome enemies from...

Oxymous Prime Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Oxymous Prime is a hybrid between a shot'em up and a platform game, developed with RPG Maker VX and released...

Atari 2600 (1998)

"In the Irata solar system lies the planet Stella. It is surrounded by an energy belt. In this belt there...

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1979)

Ozma Wars is a scrolling shooter conversion of Space Invaders. Instead of discrete lives the game instead has a constantly...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, players control Ozzy who was forced to land his spaceship on a planet after it ran out...

P1XL Party iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

P1XL Party is a collection of original, retro-styled games covering several genres. There are currently five games in the collection:...

P-38 Lightning Tour of Duty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

P-38 Lightning is an add-on for Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, adding this tough plane to the action. There are...

P47 Thunderbolt DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), iPhone (2011) and Arcade (1988)

The P-47 was one of the toughest planes in use in World War 2, and this side-scrolling shoot 'em up...

Supervision (1992)

P52 Sea Battle is an arcade naval battle game with four types of targets: Destroyer, Torpedo (Submarines), Aircraft (Carrier), and...

DOS (1996)

Pac 2000 is a pretty simple in concept and in options (in the main menu, the player only can redefine...

DOS (2004)

pac32K is another Pac-Man clone, but coded not to overcome the 32 Kb of memory boundary, hence the name.There are...

Paca Paca Passion PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Paca Paca Passion is the first title in the rhythm game series from Produce, and is a conversion of the...

Pac-Avoid Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Pac-Avoid is a clone of Scamperghost with completely identical gameplay. It borrows from the concept of Pac-Man, but with a...

Supervision (1992)

Pacboy & Mouse in an arcade action game similar to Pengo. A young boy's lady friend has been accosted by...

Windows (2003)

An evil wizard has ruined a once-peaceful land, and the Pac Brothers must save it. In this Bubble Bobble style...

PacDoom III: Halloween Party Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PacMan was invited to a Halloween party. There he faces his fears.The game is a variation of the classic Pac-Man...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

A Pac-Man game with a sci-fi twist, Pac Droids has you piloting a space ship in a maze patrolled by...

DOS (1982)

An 80's clone of Namco's Pac-Man. The player is a square block, traveling around a maze containing 468 pellets to...

Pachinko! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1980)

Pachinko! is based on the Japanese gaming device of the same name. The players are shown right below a giant...

Pachinko Pop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

While visiting a museum, the young man touched an artifact. This turned out to be a working time machine. Now,...

Amstrad CPC (1986)

As a diver you explore the calm waters of the Pacific in a search of hidden treasures. Starting at the...

Pacific Gunner Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Shoot at incoming aircraft and ships in an arcade-styled game. Switch between multiple gun turrets and ammo types to take...

Pacific Islands DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Sequel to the 1990 bestseller game Team Yankee.While using the same split screen interface as the predecessor, the game now...

Pacific Liberation Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Pacific Liberation Force is a helicopter action game. The player controls a helicopter and must destroy various targets in the...

Pacific Storm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

December 7th 1941, the U.S. Pacific Navy located at Pearl Harbor became under attack by Japanese fighter planes. The Battle...

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