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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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Game Boy (1992)

Captain's log the year 400 billion... Commander Ren Hoek and Cadet Stimpy are on day 675 of a 9999 day...

The Ren & Stimpy Show: Stimpy's Invention Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Stimpy has invented a wondrous, diabolic machine... The Mutate-O-Matic! Unfortunately it explodes, and having pieces of a Mutate-O-Matic lying about...

SNES (1994)

In The Ren & Stimpy Show: Time Warp the player takes command of the comedic duo on a quest through...

Game Boy (1993)

Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! for the Game Boy is slightly different from its big brother on the SNES. Game...

SNES (1993)

Veediots! lets the player experience four classic episodes of the Ren & Stimpy Show. One is the episode, "The Boy...

Rent A Hero Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

TarĊ Yamada is an average young man who lives in the suburbs with his parents, until one day a strange...

Rent A Hero No. 1 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Xbox (2003)

16-year old Taro Yamada is an average kid, living in the suburbs of Japan with his family. One day, while...

BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Acorn 32-bit (1997)

Repton is a diamond collecting game similar to Boulder Dash. The player takes control of the eponymous lizard Repton who...

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

A side scrolling shoot 'em up inspired by Defender, but adding much to the concept. You fly across a looping...

BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Acorn 32-bit (1997)

Repton 2 is, just like its predecessor, a puzzle solving game about collecting diamonds. It features a number of new...

Acorn 32-bit (1988)

The Archimedes version of Repton 3 is a compilation and consists of the original game and all of its expansion...

Repton 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Repton 3 involves retrieving treasure from cleverly constructed traps of falling rocks whilst avoiding the monsters and spirits. Repton is...

BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Repton Infinity is as much a development tool as it is a game. Its predecessor Repton 3 included a level...

ZX Spectrum (1989)

This is a compilation of the first two games of the Repton series of top-down puzzle games for the ZX...

BBC Micro (2010)

Repton: The Lost Realms was originally meant as a sequel to Repton 3 but was ultimately not released until more...

BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Repton Thru Time is the final of three standalone expansion packs for Repton 3. It includes 40 new levels made...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Repulsar takes its cue from Missile Command; shots are being fired at your planet's six major cities, and you are...

Reqjec Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Reqjec is an action game where the player has to use the mouse to bounce balls. Different coloured balls will...

Requiem: Avenging Angel Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The Fallen were a group of angels who mistakenly believed that God was upset with Earth's corruption and wanted it...

Windows (2001)

The year is 2197. Sapporo, the largest city on the northern Hokkaido island in Japan, has become the crime capital...

Rescate En El Golfo ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Amstrad PCW (1990)

The game is classic a beat-'em-up.A Jumbo jet full of passengers is hijacked by Iraqi terrorists and they are threatening...

Rescue ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

Aliens are attacking the research station. As the security chief you have to guide the scientists to the rescue ship,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

In Rescue! the player is tasked with rescuing people... in space!A shuttle in the form of a ball will enter...

Rescue from Atlantis MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The advanced civilization of the planet Somerset built a gigantic exploratory spaceship called Atlantis, and sent it to research the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Deep underground on the planet Zylon, 28 geologists are trapped and with the water levels rising quickly, you have been...

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