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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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P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1982)

P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! is another clone of Bally Midway's 1978 arcade game Clowns.Three rows of colored balloons are displayed at...

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In this naval simulation the player can take command of Russian, German or Allied fleets and the crews in WWII....

PT Boats: South Gambit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The South Gambit is a stand alone add-on of PT Boats. It features two new scenarios of the naval action...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Destroy all eggs!With that as your only instructions, you are thrown into a room filled with pterodactyl eggs. The controls...

Windows (2004)

Pteroglider is a fast and hectic vertically-scrolling space shooter. The player controls a small craft through the keyboard and uses...

Pub Darts Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

180 is a darts simulation game and it follows the traditional darts rules where you compete against an opponent to...

Puchi Carat PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998) and Arcade (1997)

In the world of Puchi Carat, thieves stole the twelve gems that made the people's dreams come true. They sold...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1982)

Puckman is a Pac-Man variant. The player controls a human who has been trapped in a maze. Scattered around the...

Windows (2010)

Puddle is a short, physics-based puzzle game where the player controls a puddle of fluid. It is developed by a...

Puddle Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2013), PS Vita (2012), Wii U (2012), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Ouya (2013)

Puddle is a reworked version of the 2010 student game of the same name largely by the original team. Just...

Puffy's Saga Atari ST Front Cover

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

Puffy and his fortuitously-named girlfriend Puffyn are trapped in an alien world full of threats, traps and surprises. Taking control...

Puggsy Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994) and SEGA CD (1993)

Puggsy is a platform game with a combination of action and puzzle-solving elements. You control the the creature Puggsy, who...

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997), FM Towns (1994) and Arcade (1991)

Pu-Li-Ru-La is a psychedelic side-scrolling arcade beat 'em up set in the magical land of Radishland. As the story goes,...

Pulleralarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Pulleralarm is a game that refers to the German TV-Show TV Total. You are Stefan Raab, who is the host...

Pulsarius Windows Front Cover Double Games release

Windows (2004)

The Pulsarius planet system has been attacked by alien forces, and you know what, you've been asked to protect the...

NES (1987)

Players are put in charge of a space cruiser and have to rid the galaxy of hostile enemies.Players are first...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Five pulsies were trapped in a maze (49 screens each) and the player, as a pulsator, has to rescue them....

DOS (1996)

Pulse is an interesting game where you try to get a group of pieces of the same color together similar...

Pulse: Fight the Night Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Pulse: Fight the Night is a twin stick shooter with a twist: the player fights hordes of enemies and the...

Pulseman Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994) and Wii (2009)

Pulseman is an electric hero who was created to fight cyber crime. Combat the galaxy gang throughout 7 stages with...

Pulse Warrior ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Who needs weaponry when you're trying to save the earth from the invasion of the beings of Cirrus Major? Hopefully...

Neo Geo (1995), Neo Geo CD (1995), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1995)

An alien threat looms over the galaxy and only you and your trusty star fighter can defeat them.Pulstar is a...

Pump Fighters Windows Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (2001)

Pump Fighters is a simple action game that allows two human players to play against each other: the winner is...

Pumuckls Abenteuer bei den Piraten Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Pumuckl is a small red-haired goblin character from a popular German TV series. His major concern is to trifle with...

Pumuckls Abenteuer im Geisterschloss Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Pumuckl is a small red hairy goblin from a German TV series. His major concern is to trifle with humans....

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