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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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Acorn 32-bit (1991)

The legendary Pandora's Box has been opened, causing an entire kingdom to be poisoned by the evil that is unleashed....

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Pandora's Pests is an arcade game wherein the object is to prevent an assortment of bugs ranging from ants to...

Pandora's Tower Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011) and Wii U (2015)

The game takes place in the mysterious Kingdom of Elyria. The player assumes the role of a novice warrior called...

Pandora's Tower (Limited Edition) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

This limited edition comes in a cardboard box and includes: Pandora's Tower Steelbook cover Art book

Pandorum iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Based on the sci-fi horror movie of the same name released in 2009, you play as Corporal Bower who wakes...

Panel de Pon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2013)

Peace in the world of Popples is being threatened by the devil king Thanatos, who has cast a spell over...

Panel Panic MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Panel Panic is a clone of Konami's old Amidar. You are a small jellyfish-like thing on a grid. You can...

Pang Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Pang is a platform game which consists of 50 levels in total. It can be played with one or two...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Pang is an action game similar to Dyna Blaster and Bomberman for up to two players. The goal of the...

DOS (1983)

Pango is a clone of the arcade game Pengo. The player controls Pango, a penguin like character, in a maze...

Arcade (1992)

Pang Pom's is a single screen platform game in which players must burst all of the balloons on the screen...

Windows (2006)

PangPond Airboard Racers is a typical action-oriented racing game based on the Thai cartoon character PangPond. The player chooses one...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Panic is a timed arcade game, inspired by Space Panic. The goal of the player is to clear the board...

Commodore 64 (1983)

In this game, the object is to destroy the red monsters in the level. This can be done by laying...

Windows (2006)

PanicBCN is a fixed screen arcade platformer in the style of the classic Bubble Bobble. The player will take the...

Panic Bomber Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

Panic Bomber is a Tetris-style game set in the Bomberman universe.The aim is to form a chain of 3 identical...

VIC-20 (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

An original game, Panic Button involved one working on a multi-level manufacturing line, trying to keep up orders by assembling...

Commodore 64 (1991) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Panic Express is a flick-screen side-view game where you play the role of Agent X who has to stop a...

SNES (1994)

Panic in Nakayoshi World is 2D top-down arcade game. The game features characters from manga and anime series such as...

Panic Invaders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

44 seconds to the end of Earth...In this vertically scrolling top-down shooter you control a small space craft and your...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Panic Planet is a single screen platformer inspired by the arcade game Space Panic where you must rid various levels...

Panic Restaurant NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Panic Restaurant is a side-scrolling platform game where you play as chef Cookie. The rival chef Ohdove has taken over...

Arcade (1999)

Panic Street is an offshoot of the Gals Panic series. It has identical gameplay: a Qix-like puzzle where you uncover...

Camputers Lynx (1983)

Panik is a clone of the Panic games. Dig holes in the brick levels with your pick and knock the...

Panik! Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1987), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Panik! is a timed arcade game, inspired by Space Panic. The goal of the player is to clear the board...

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