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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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Panique MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

A clone of Universal's classic Space Panic, this game has you scaling platforms on which evil space aliens roam. Armed...

Panorama Cotton Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

The fairy kingdom has long been threatened by the dark witch Wool, the leader of the Dark Undulation. The queen...

MSX (1986)

Your steer a tank at the bottom of the screen. You have to defend the city, which is behind you....

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Panther is set on the human colony Xenon, which is attacked by aliens. The priority is to evacuate the people,...

Pants no Arashi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Pants no Arashi is a doujin shooter in which the player takes control of the angelroid Ikaros from Sora no...

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

As the pilot of an underpowered tank with stone wheels and a single-shot turret, you must take out the full...

Panza Kick Boxing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Endorsed by André Panza, this video game adaptation of Thai kick boxing features over 35 moves. Use the training gym...

PlayStation (1997)

An evil robotic army invades city after city and nothing seems to stop them, that is until fighting hero Kou...

Panzer Dragoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Panzer Dragoon is set in a distant oppressive future. The Dark Dragon needs to be destroyed, and you, Keil Fluge,...

Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

The second Panzer Dragoon game is not a sequel, but a prequel to the first, and is also set in...

Panzer Dragoon Mini Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1996)

Panzer Dragoon Mini is the Japan-only 8-bit version of Sega's popular 32-bit rail shooter, but due to (massive) hardware limitations,...

Panzer Dragoon Orta Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

The fourth installment of the Panzer Dragoon series has you playing Orta, a young girl who has been imprisoned by...

Panzer Front PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and Dreamcast (1999)

Panzer Front is a realistic World War II tank combat simulation spanning the summer offensive into Russia of 1941 to...

Panzerfront: Barbarossa 1941-1945 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Panzerfront: Barbarossa 1941-1945 is an action game where the player takes control of a tank in WWII. The twelve missions...

Panzer Killer! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Panzer Killer! the player takes the role of different American tanks in about 50 missions set during World War...

Papa's Pizzeria Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Papa Louie is out on adventure, so it's up to delivery boy Roy, who is controlled by the player, to...

DOS (1993)

A lone inventor comes up with an elegant mini radio control and camera system. Desperate to beat his rival, he...

Paper Airplane Chase Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Paper Airplane Chase is a port of the unlockable mini-game Paper Plane from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!. The premise is...

Paperboy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Game Boy (1990), Game Boy Color (1999), Genesis (1991), Lynx (1990), Amiga (1989), NES (1988), Atari ST (1989), Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), J2ME (2005), Xbox 360 (2007), BlackBerry (2009), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986) and Arcade (1984)

The object of Paperboy is to deliver papers to your customers while inflicting as much damage as possible to the...

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Paperboy returns in this game with the same objectives as last time but with a new retro-3D look. As the...

Paperboy iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

This version of Paperboy is a remake of the original Atari-game of the same name. The player still takes on...

Paperboy 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1992), SNES (1991), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1991), Atari ST (1992), Game Gear (1993), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

You're a paper boy. Get on your bicycle. Avoid obstacles on the road, such as dogs, cars, and basically everything...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

A compilation of the classic arcade games PaperBoy and Rampage brought to the Game Boy Advance.

J2ME (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

Paperboy: Wheels on Fire is a revamped version of the original Paperboy. Career Mode contains the classic Paperboy setup: after...

Paper Cakes Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Paper Cakes is a platformer with puzzle elements made by a team of students from the Utrecht School of the...

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