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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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PixelJunk SideScroller PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

PixelJunk SideScroller is a 2D side-scrolling shoot 'em up similar to classic games like R-Type or Gradius. The graphics are...

Pixelkiller Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

"Lost on a far away planet... Thank God I brought my gun!"Pixelkiller is a deliberately retro-style action platformer where the...

Pixel Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pixel Man is a minimalist retro platforming game in which the goal is to get Pixel Man to the exit...

Pixel Runner Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

Pixel Runner is a 2D side-scrolling platform game. The protagonist, a human-like aggregation of pixels, moves rightwards and needs to...

Windows (2000)

The PixelShip is a popular toy in the year 2079! A battery powered two-foot long spaceship provides for hours of...

Windows (2006)

Pixelships Retro is the sequel to PixelShips. In this retro-themed game, the player chooses one of 160 different ships and...

Pixel Whirled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and iPhone (2011)

Years ago, Pixel World won the war against the Evil Sprites, and banished them for what should have been forever....

Windows (2011)

In this 2D game the player has to guide Pixi to defend two stars from being kidnapped by Boxi. Pixi...

Pix the Cat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), PS Vita (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Pix the Cat is a fast-paced game set in mazes using elements from Pac-Man and Snake. The protagonist is Pix...

Windows (2006)

In Pizza Commander the player takes control over Eddie, a housefly which wants to make pizzas. In the 15 levels...

Windows (2005)

In Pizza Dude you can either control Pizzadude or Pizzagirl, of which the latter is easier to play with (more...

Pizza Frenzy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

For many years, the Italian Stromboli family made the best pizza in Europe, but now their business is threatened by...

Pizza Panic Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

Deliver those pizzas and do it right! As Mr Ravioli's new pizza delivery person your job is to get those...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Things aren't going well for Luigi, production at the bakery has halted so he is unable to make his Pizza...

NES (1992)

A pizza delivery guy is in love with a girl named Betty. He's going about his careless job, delivering in...

DOS (1994)

You play a green worm and you have to go around and eat the pizzas. But every time you eat...

Amiga (1990)

The colonization of space goes well, but there are not enough humans to do all the work. So scientists engineered...

Plain Sight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Plain Sight is a hectic online multiplayer game starring suicidal ninja robots for up to 20 players simultaneously. Players control...

Plan B BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Plan A, to bomb the rogue central computer has failed. The next step is Plan B...You control a war drone...

Windows (2004)

Plane Arcade is a 3D flight combat games set during World War II. The player controls a combat plane and...

ZX Spectrum (1989)

Planet 10 is 3D Pac Man clone. The game has a sci-fi story - people have discovered 10th planet, but...

Planet 51: The Game Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Planet 51: The Game is an action driving game, with some sandbox play, that can be described as Grand Theft...

Planetary Guard: Defender iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), BlackBerry (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Windows Phone (2014)

Planetary Guard: Defender is twin-stick a shoot’em up with defense elements. The player pilots a lone space tank on orbits...

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Planet Attack is a side-scrolling shooter where the player pilots the space ship Star Eagle. The game takes place in...

Planet Busters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Planet Busters is a single-player game, which plays like a cross between Scrabble and Bejeweled, with added explosions.The story goes...

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