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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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Phobia III: Edge of Humanity Linux Front Cover

Linux (2002) and Windows (2002)

Phobia III: Edge of Humanity is the third and final game in the top-down shooter series. The player controls a...

Phobos '99 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Phobos '99 is an arcade-puzzle game, which is set in 2099 in the auto lab-fortress circulating the orbit of Phobos,...

Phoenix Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this space simulator game, the player gets to play the role of Beck a police officer, who through an...

Phoenix Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Arcade (1980)

Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and...

Atari ST (1987)

In Phoenix the player has to re-open 15 hyperspace routes which where previously closed by the authorities. Unfortunately they used...

Phoenix 3 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1995)

Phoenix 3 is a sci-fi adventure with two completely different game play styles. Half the game is a slow paced...

ZX81 (1982)

Phoenix Adventure is an arcade adventure where you must find and kill a Black Phoenix over four parts with an...

Phoenix Spirit iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

The Monter Tree is ill, and only one flying squirrel can save it. Throughout the game you explore a large...

Phone Story iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), Browser (2012), iPhone (2011) and Android (2011)

Sure, you have a smartphone, but did you know that your fun times are only one small segment of its...

Photo Dojo Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Photo Dojo is a 2-D fighting game developed by Nintendo. It's main point is to create a fighter by putting...

Photon Storm Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

As with all Jeff Minter games, this has a definite distinctive look and feel (although no Llamas or lawnmowers this...

DOS (1992)

Phylox is a single player sci-fi shareware shooter.Those silly scientists have been at it again, tampering with nature. This time...

Windows (2009)

Physical# is a student game from the Kobe Institute and Marble Madness descendant. The player needs to guide a ball...

Windows (2007)

This expansion pack contains a series of maps for Unreal Tournament III emphasizing physics-based gameplay dependent on the presence of...

Linux (2008) and Windows (2008)

Phyta is a game mostly focused on aesthetics where the player directs the grow of a black plant by positioning...

Piano Tiles (Don't Tap The White Tile) iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Piano Tiles is a fast game played on a field filled with tiles. The goal is to tap the black...

Pokémon Mini (2002)

Pichu Bros. mini is a collection of minigames similar to the earlier Pokémon Party mini. This game is based on...

Pick Axe Pete! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1982) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

Pick Axe Pete is in the Misty Mountain Mine, trying to strike it rich. The player controls Pick Axe Pete...

Pickle Wars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Aliens that look like giant dill pickles are about to conquer the human colony of Arcadia. Five hundred years of...

Pick Up Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (2002)

OK, here's the deal. If you want that lover of your dreams to get off their pedestal and go out...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

In Pick-Up a laboratory accident has caused four different chemicals to spill all over the floor. It is up to...

Picnic Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are out enjoying a picnic, when suddenly a swarm of flies arrive! You control a fly swatter at the...

Picnic Paranoia Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982) and TI-99/4A (1983)

The player is guarding four full picnic tables while armed only with a fly-swatter and an occasional can of bug...

NES (1990)

Based on the board game, the object is to guess either a word or phrase based on a drawing. Each...

Pictureka! Museum Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Pictureka! Museum Mayhem is a hidden object game and an electronic adaptation of a board game by Hasbro. The main...

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