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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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Amstrad CPC (1985)

Assault On Port Stanley takes place during the Falkland Wars and the player takes the role of an S.A.S. commander...

PlayStation (1998)

Assault: Retribution is a 3D run and gun platform game. Its story takes place in the year 2198. Arcadia, a...

Assault Rigs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

In the future, physical sports will be replaced by a violent virtual contest, where a lot of gambling and corporate...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

Japan-only sequel to Target Earth, Leynos 2 puts you in the cockpit of a giant mecha robot as you scroll...

Assault Team 3D J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

Assault Team 3D is a first-person shooter for mobile devices. Players can choose the Iraqi or American army at the...

DOS (1998)

Assault Wing is a fast-paced multiplayer action game. Up to four players fly their ships in cave-like two-dimensional arenas and...

Assault Wing: Galactic Battlefront Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Assault Wing: Galactic Battlefront is an online multiplayer shooter. Players fly their space ships in a 2D side view of...

J2ME (2005)

Assault Wings 1944 is a top-down vertically-scrolling shooter in the style of 1942. Although advertised as both an original game...

Browser (2009)

Assteroidz: Diamond Dave Edition is a flash remake of the original Asteroids.In this rendition of the classic game, you play...

Astal SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

Antowas has created a land of striking beauty and magic, with Astal and his beloved Leda among its happy inhabitants....

Astaroth: The Angel of Death Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

You must guide Ozymandias through the catacombs of Astaroth's domain. To aid you in your quest you can pick up...

Arcade (1992)

Asterix is a 2D beat'em up game, based on the comic book series of Asterix. The player chooses one of...

Astérix Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993) and NES (1993)

The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, almost entirely... One small Gaulish village continues...

Astérix SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

The Romans, who fail to conquer one final Gaul village, kidnap Getafix, the druid brewing the magic potion that gives...

Asterix and Obelix: Kick Buttix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2004)

The long and rich history of the Asterix comics continue with its newest game entry, Asterix and Obelix: Kick Buttix....

Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (1999)

Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar is based on the film by Claude Zidi, which was in its turn adapted...

Astérix and the Great Rescue Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1994)

The game is based on the popular French comics series Astérix. It is 50 B.C., and the entire Gaul (today's...

Asterix and the Magic Carpet Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Thomson TO (1987)

The game is based on famous comics, animations and movies series about brave independent Gauls, who drink magic power potions...

Asterix and the Magic Cauldron Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Goscinny and Uderzo’s cartoon characters are from the only Gaullish village in 50BC able to resist the Roman invasion. They...

Astérix and the Power of the Gods Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the French comics series Asterix. Asterix and Obelix are great warriors of Gaul (today's France), that was conquered...

Astérix and the Secret Mission Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The druid Getafix is out of magic potion, and Astérix and Obelix are set out on a secret mission: to...

Astérix and the Vikings J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Asterix and the Vikings is a mobile game released as a tie-in with the 2006 animation film of the same...

Asterix at the Olympic Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2008) and Wii (2007)

Lovestorix is in love with Princess Irina but Brutus also wants to marry her. To solve this problem, the Princess...

Asterix at the Olympic Games Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Asterix at the Olympic Games is licensed from the comic and live action film of the same name. In this...

J2ME (2007)

Asterix & Cleopatra is a party game based on Asterix & Cleopatra story where Asterix and Obelix are sent from...

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