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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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Return of the Mutant Camels Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

Jeff Minter's third camel-themed game (after Attack and Revenge) is again a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up, taking place over...

DOS (1995)

In this sequel, the mutant space bats of doom return yet again to invade earth. Only you stand in their...

Return of The Ninja Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Return of the Ninja is a side-scrolling platformer with stealth elements set in Japan. On a day when Tsukikage and...

Return of the Space Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Edward Egg, from the planet Egg, leads a difficult life. Living on Egg is a real headache since all the...

Return to Atlantis Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Someone is trying to destroy the earth's oceans. As you are an expert on deep-sea diving and underwater combat, it's...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Windows Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

Two secret agents are captured while they are investigating Nazi Germany's occult activities in Castle Wolfenstein. Agent One is subsequently...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

You return as B.J. Blazkowicz to stop Heinrich Himmler's genetic mutations from over-running the planet, in this sequel to the...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Game of the Year release of Return to Castle Wolfenstein contains: Remastered game to version 1.33 7 new multiplayer...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In the 21st Century, history will repeat itself. You must remember your memories of Castle Wolfenstein, find your way out...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003)

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War is an updated re-release for the Xbox based on the original PC version...

Return to Chaos Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Return to Chaos is a freeware remake of the engine behind the influential Dungeon Master game series, recreating the original...

Return to Dark Castle Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2008)

In this long-awaited continuation of the Dark Castle series, you are Bryant, nephew of Prince Duncan who never returned from...

Return to Genesis Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Return to Genesis takes place in the Zephyr system where twelve scientists work on secret projects. Of course every bit...

DOS (1990)

This is the first game of the Super Kroz trilogy. Despite the name, it's very much more of the same...

Windows (2007)

The freeware game Return to Sector 9 is the sequel to Ambush in Sector 9 and offers 9 different game...

Revenant Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

It was time when you were happy, with your woman. But she left this mortal plane, and you lost your...

Revenge of Defender DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

A side scrolling shooter, the object is to defend your colonies from various waves of attacking aliens. Revenge of Defender...

The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1989), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

In this game, once again you are Shinobi, but this time you're out not to free hostages, but to gain...

The Revenge of Shinobi Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Set in the mythical world of ancient Japan, players take on the role of ninja warrior Shinobi. To free the...

Atari 2600 (2003)

A solar storm has caused your space craft to crash. Unable to contact your base, you scout the area. There...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You must build three walls above the tomato plants at the bottom. You must also dodge tomato bombs shot by...

Revenge of the 'Gator Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Revenge of the 'Gator is a pinball game with an alligator motif. There is one table, and 3 bonus areas...

DOS (1994), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1984)

This typically zany Jeff Minter title sets you as a mutated camel, with an optional support one mimicking your moves...

Revenge of the Ninja SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994) and Arcade (1984)

The story takes place in Japan, you play as Hayate, a young up and coming ninja warrior out to stop...

Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1998)

Revenge of the Toys includes nine mini games, ready to play from your desktop : Fishing: cast a line and...

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