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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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Pariah Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

You play Jack, a doctor on a transport ship. The ship is transporting a woman who suffers from a previously...

Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006) and BlackBerry (2009)

Paris Hilton's Diamond Quest is a Bejeweled/Jewel Quest clone starring model/actress/singer Paris Hilton. The game is played on a board...

Parkan II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

As the pilot of the Parkan, a former anti-pirate patrol cruiser, you are sent 17 years back in time to...

Parkan: Iron Strategy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Enter the six planets of the Labyrinth, alien planets rich in life. Just you, the sky, the native wildlife, the...

Parkan: The Imperial Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In this first Russian-made space sim, you control the spaceship Parkan, which means boomerang, that has been sent on a...

Park Patrol Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Do you have what it takes to become a park ranger? This game will test you to see if you're...

Parky and the Yellow Submarine Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

In this game, players control Parky who has the task of collecting gold tokens before time runs out. He is...

Parodius MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2013)

Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth is the first game in the Parodius series, although this position is often confused...

Parodius PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

This compilation collects the first two arcade incarnations of Konami's shoot'em'up parody series on one disc: Parodius Da! and Gokuj┼Ź...

Parodius Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), SNES (1992), NES (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1990)

This is mostly the parody of Gradius (Nemesis on some systems), with some flavor from other shoot-em-ups, like Twinbee. The...

PSP (2007)

Parodius Portable is a collection of several games from the Parodius series released exclusively in Japan for the PlayStation Portable...

Windows (2006)

It's something we've all suspected all along -- there's a Dungeon full of deadly traps out there somewhere, and you...

Parsec TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1982)

Parsec is a side-scrolling space shooter. Waves of alien craft swoop down from the top and the player must shoot...

Linux (2004), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

A top-down shooter at frenetic speeds, distributed as freeware.Destroy the incoming fighters (which come in different sizes and even include...

DOS (1994)

Deep in the Xon system lies a source of absolute power, protected by dangerous creatures known as the Octaxon. Weighing...

Browser (2006)

Particles is an avoidance game. The player controls a blue ball with the mouse in a small environment without walls....

Browser (2009)

Party Boat is a short flash game that can be considered the demo to the commercial Windows game The Thrill...

Atari 2600 (1983)

This tape contains five two or four player games in one package. They are:Bop a Buggy: Drive your buggy through...

Party of Sin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Up until recently, the seven sins ruled over all the mortal desires. They escaped the wrath of the angels by...

Windows (2006)

In Passion Dreams, you play the role of a happy "fisherman" whose catching women's clothing. Armed with an angle (fishing...

Passion Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Passion Pinball is a pinball game with one fictional table without special obstacles. It features fixed keyboard controls, no tilting...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Pasta Wars: Pasta Blasta is a single screen shooter where you are Heinz 'Hurricane' Solo and must protect six ravioli...

PlayStation (1997)

Pastel Muse is a puzzle game where you shoot colored balls down a slope to match them up with the...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Pat Splatt, the best poster paster in Groove-Town, has his work cut out for him. After spending all day yesterday...

Windows (2008)

Paster Master is a top-down arena shooter set inside a bowl of pasta at Migno's pizza restaurant "Pizza and diarrhoea"....

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