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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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ZX81 (1981)

3D Monster Maze was one of the first computer games to use a first-person 3D perspective. After being introduced to...

3D Ms. Maze: Tropical Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

3D Ms. Maze: Tropical Adventures is a single-player 3D Pac-Man variant that is very similar in style to 3D Maze...

Commodore 64 (1982)

Here's your chance to play Pac-Man in 3D. You view the action from the eyes of Pac Man in a...

3D Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

3D Pinball is an arcade pinball style game with 3-D effect for 1-4 players. This game also enable to select...

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

A standard pinball table is featured in this simulation, but with the original addition of a tilted view of the...

3D Pinball Express Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

As the title implies, this is a 3D pinball game. The camera view is slightly isometric looking down the length...

3D-Puzzlespass Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

3D-Puzzlespass is basically a collection of 16 jigsaw puzzles. The player needs to assemble them within a time limit. But...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

After the Proxima War was won in the far reaches of space, Federation members have now gone back to their...

Windows (2014)

3D Realms Anthology is a download-only DRM-free collection of games published and / or distributed by Apogee Software / 3D...

Windows (2000)

The federation is engaged in a brutal war with the bloodthirsty, vicious aliens. The aliens are preparing to unleash the...

Atari 8-bit (1980)

3-D Red Baron Dogfight/Flight Simulator is a simulation game where the player, flying a warplane, must shoot down an enemy...

3D Schiffe versenken Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The return of the classic board game "Battleship" in 3D. You can play against the computer AI (3 skill levels...

3D Scooter Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

3D Scooter Racing is an installment in Pantera Entertainment's 3D sports series. It allows players to participate in virtual scooter...

ZX Spectrum (1984) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

The Seiddab (look at it twice and you'll get the joke) are on the rampage on the planet, and you...

PlayStation (1996)

3D Shooting Tsukuru is a game in which you can make your own 3D shooter games. There are lots of...

Commodore 64 (1984) and VIC-20 (1984)

Far in the future earth is dependent on silicon for it's technology. Unfortunately the silicon reserves are running out. A...

Commodore 64 (1984)

3-D Skramble is based on the arcade game Scramble where you must fly over the surface of a planet avoiding,...

BREW (2003) and J2ME (2003)

This table tennis game offers six game modes. Four are based on the difficulty level: Beginner or Expert, with faster...

3D Slime Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1986)

3D Slime is a fast game that mixes the munching from Pac-Man with the isometric perspective from the contemporary Gyroscope....

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

The first game to star the evil Seiddab, 3D Space Wars gives exactly what the title promises. As soon as...

Windows (2000)

3D Spryjinx is a platform game in which two players compete to get the highest score by jumping on platforms....

3D Starstrike ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Enterprise (1985)

The Outsiders have attacked the Earth Federation, laying waste to its defense fleets. In desperation, Federation Command sends the new...

3D Stock Car Championship ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

This Super Sprint-inspired racing game uses a forced perspective viewpoint, with 4 small stock cars duking it out for anything...

3-D TableSports DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

3-D Table Sports is a collection of three classic table games adaptations:Foosball (Table Soccer) - You spin, pass, block and...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

3D Tank Duel is an early first-person shooter similar to Battlezone. The player controls a tank on a battlefield and...

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