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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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Linux (2008) and Windows (2008)

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

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

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Pokémon Mini (2002)

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Pick Axe Pete! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

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

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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...

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Atari 2600 (2002)

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Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

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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)

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NES (1990)

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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...

Pid Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Kurt is a little boy, who suddenly finds himself on a strange planet inhabited by robots. While looking for a...

Windows (1998)

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Atari 2600 (1982)

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Atari 8-bit (1992)

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Game Boy (1993), SNES (1993), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

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Piglet's BIG Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

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Atari 2600 (1983)

Now it's time for...PIIIIIIGS IN SPAAAAACE!!!This game is really three smaller games. You select what to play to choosing which...

Pigs on Head Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

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Game Boy Advance (2002)

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DOS (1996)

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Pikmin 2 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2009)

After escaping from a dangerous planet in the original Pikmin, Captain Olimar has made it home safely but only to...

Wii U (2013)

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ExEn (2004) and DoJa (2004)

Play with Remi the journalist and his strange bird called Pikubi. Remi has discovered that aliens are about to invade...

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