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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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Commodore 64 (1984)

Quo Vadis a multi-directional scrolling platform game. The overall goal is to explore the vast chambers and caverns on a...

Qwak Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Windows (2008), Game Boy Advance (2006), Amiga (1993), Symbian (2005), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2010) and BlackBerry (2013)

In this game, you play a duck and the object of the game is to get the highest score without...

Arcade (1974)

Qwak! is an early light-gun game by Atari. Your goal is to use your rifle to shoot the ducks that...

Q!Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Q!Zone comes with three new episodes, a bunch of new monsters and one new weapon for Quake. The levels were...

Atari ST (2009)

The main idea of the r0x gameplay is avoid floating rock particles in vast space. While you avoid rocks, you...

Rabbids Go Home Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

In Rabbids Go Home, the Rabbids have got it into their heads to conquer the Moon of which they are...

Rabbids Go Home Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Rabbids Go Home is the fourth entry in the Raving Rabbids series. Unlike the previous games, which were mini-game compilations,...

Windows (2010)

This PC release is a modified version of the Wii game Rabbids Go Home. A large part of the content...

J2ME (2003)

Rabbitator is a fast-paced puzzle game played on a 7x7 grid of tiles using an isometric perspective. It seems the...

Rabbit Hole 3D Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Rabbit Hole 3D is a fast-paced action game with a minimalist, procedurally generated retro look and chiptune music. The player...

Atari ST (1988)

Rabbit Jump is a collect'em-up game where you control a fox who acts as a spring board for a rabbit....

Commodore 64 (1985)

One day, a proud owner of a vegetable garden was so sick of rabbits digging up the garden and eating...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

The royal family of Bunnyland was kidnapped by monsters and the player has to save them by beating all six...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are a rabbit who is just trying to get to where you can get a mate and make like...

The Race Against Time ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

The Race Against Time is a game based on Sport Aid '88, a global program of sport, music, and carnival,...

MSX (1988)

In this top view racing game, your are driving around in a town with a maze-like road infrastructure. Your goal...

Race Mania DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Race Mania brings you fast and furious 3D action racing. In this racing game there is no such thing as...

PlayStation (1999)

Racing as the title suggests is a simple racing game. It features both a short and a long distance race...

Racing Aces SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The cold war has ended. Big defense contractors, specifically the ones that make fighter planes, organize a new sport. Pilots...

Racing Megapack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Racing Megapack is a collection of five games released on steam. Pack includes: 4x4 Hummer A.I.M. Racing Classic Car Racing...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Racing Pack is a compilation that includes the following 4 games on one disk: 5th Gear Days of Thunder Mountain...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Mattel Media's Tyco R/C Racin' Ratz for Game Boy Color features Mattel's small-scale radio-controlled toys. In Racin' Ratz, players take...

Atari 2600 (1981)

You have been challenged, or maybe you challenged, someone to a game of racquetball.To serve, press the red button. You...

DOS (1995)

R-Activ is a remake of the 8-bit game Pongo. The rules of this game are simple. Each plan contains a...

NES (1988), MSX (1987), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

The game tells another story in Ninja-kun series. This time it’s a platform game with some twists. There are two...

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