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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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DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Some people have very interesting dreams, and you are one of those people. Your subconscious has created a moon infested...

Windows (2005)

Phantasmagoria of Flower View is 2D vertically scrolling shooter and the ninth main game in the Tōhō series. The game...

Phantasy Star Online Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Dreamcast (2000)

Welcome to the first worldwide console RPG!Features: Up to 1,000 players per server. Real time combat with many weapons from...

Windows (2005)

Phantasy Star Online makes its way to the PC in this download only edition. You play the role of a...

Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2002)

The epic Phantasy Star Online gets revamped for the Nintendo GameCube. Both the Sega Dreamcast titles, Phantasy Star Online and...

Phantasy Star Online: Episode I & II Plus GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

A re-release of Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II with two main changes: Items and quests previously available only...

Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

The world's first online console RPG gets an update with PSO Ver. 2. New items and weapons, new online games...

Phantasy Star Portable PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Phantasy Star Portable is based on the Phantasy Star universe and it features a single player mode (including a Story...

PSP (2009)

Phantasy Star Portable 2 is the sequel to Phantasy Star Portable and most of the action RPG gameplay features are...

Atari 8-bit (1987), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Inspired by the game Gauntlet, Phantom is a top view maze game where the screen scrolls left or right when...

Phantom 2040 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The cartoon mini-series: Phantom 2040, right here. It is the aforementioned year, 2040, and the city of Metropia is in...

Phantomas ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Phantomas is a Jet Set Willy-influenced platform game consisting of 80 rooms. The task is to reach a millionaire's mansion...

Phantom Crash Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

In the year 2025 Tokyo changed. Due to air pollution, all the people moved to New Tokyo and the Old...

Phantom Dust Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

An action/strategy card game set in a post-apocalyptic world where the barren surface world has been covered in mysterious dust...

NES (1988)

Based on the 1985 Hong Kong movie, "Mr. Vampire", Phantom Fighter puts the player in the role of a Chinese...

Commodore 64 (1985)

A giant asteroid is heading toward Earth, and the only way to destroy it is to find 36 uranium cubes...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In Phantom-Panzer, the player takes control of an assault vehicle in order to defend their "energy base" at the bottom...

Apple II (1980)

Phantoms Five is a vertically scrolling action game where the player controls a plane and has to bomb various targets...

Pharaoh's Ascent Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Pharaoh's Ascent is an action / puzzle game in an Egyptian tomb setting. It is a platform game where you...

The Pharaoh's Curse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

In the centuries since the sealing of the Pharaoh's Tomb, even the dim memories of the fabulous treasure contained in...

Pharaoh's Revenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

Pharaoh's Revenge is a fast action computer game in the arcade tradition. Using the keyboard or joystick the player must...

DOS (1990)

As a lowly research assistant Nevada Smith believes he's finally going to get his big break into the pages of...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Searching the Valley of the Kings, you have come across some hieroglyphics telling you of a power which can be...

Electron (1984)

Pharoahs Tomb is a 1st person perspective arcade adventure where you must explore the tomb of a Pharoah collecting gold...

Phase iPod Classic Front Cover

iPod Classic (2007)

Phase is a interactive music game developed by the creators of the Guitar Hero series, with similar gameplay. The gameplay...

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