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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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Platoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Platoon is a mission-based tactical combat game taking place in the Vietnam Conflict. Terrain, vehicles and soldiers are all modeled...

PlatterMania Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Plattermania is set in a circus and can accommodate one to four players. The player controls a clown up on...

Platypus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PSP (2006), Palm OS (2008), Windows Mobile (2008), Symbian (2008), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2006), iPhone (2008) and BlackBerry (2008)

The big city of Collosatropolis has reached the limits of its expansion. The Collostropolan leaders have decided to solve the...

Platypus II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Platypus II is the sequel to Platypus. Just the like the original game it is a horizontally scrolling shooter where...

Atari ST (1991)

Plax Atax is a shoot em up game written in STOS. This is a one screen game that takes place...

Playdead Presents Limbo (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

This special edition contains a game that was previously only available through digital distribution. It contains: Limbo Digital soundtrack (German...

Player Manager Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

You can become the Player-Manager of a third division football team in this innovative action-strategy hybrid. The game features over...

Oric (1985)

Playground 21 is a platformer (or ladder game as it's described on the cover). It consists of a number of...

BBC Micro (1990) and Electron (1990)

Play It Again Sam 13 is a compilation for the BBC and Electron released by Superior Software. It contains three...

PlayLegions Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Fallen Empire: Legions is inspired by the setting and the gameplay of Tribes 2 and other titles in the series....

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a crossover fighting game with characters from different PlayStation titles along with some from third-party...

PlayStation Move: Ape Escape PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PlayStation Move: Ape Escape is a big diversion compared to its predecessors as it is designed for exclusive use with...

Odyssey 2 (2009)

Play Tag is a tag game for one or two players. The object is to avoid being tagged by the...

Browser (2011)

Play to Befriend a Pokémon! was a Flash game formerly available on Pokémon.com. It was a Pokémon Global Link promotion....

PlayStation (1999)

Play with the Teletubbies is the first video game based on the popular kids TV series Teletubbies. Players get to...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The Play-Yan is a media player application originally released for the Game Boy Advance. It is also compatible with the...

Pleiades Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (2003)

This is a sequel to Phoenix. On the first screen, you must shoot swooping aliens while not getting shot by...

Plexar ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Before being wiped out by a virus, the Miracle Engineers build a network of stunning roadways linking the 16 islands...

Ploing2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Ploing2 originated in the arcades. The main character, Peter Pilot - owner of missiles such as "I painted this as...

Plok SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

At one day, Plok awakes to find out that his flag has been stolen. He spots it on a neighboring...

Plotting Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), Amiga (1990), NES (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Originating in the arcades, Plotting involves several different types of blocks, bearing symbols such as squares, circles and crosses. Using...

PlayStation (2002)

In this game you play Plue, a character from the Rave Master / Groove Adventure Rave manga and anime series...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Mayor of New York has gone to open the city's latest skyscraper, but has got stuck in the malfunctioning...

Plutos Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Plutos is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up featuring a succession of waves, containing what's reputed to be the first simultaneous...

Windows (2006)

In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union recategorized the celestial body known as Pluto, downgrading it from full "planet" status...

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