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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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Astro Warrior SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Basic Sega shoot-em-up in which you must guide your ship through three zones while avoiding hazards. Your only weapon are...

Astro Warrior / Pit Pot SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Two games on one cartridge:Pit Pot: The Magical Castle The princess has been kidnapped. To rescue her, navigate your way...

Astyanax NES Front Cover

NES (1989) and Arcade (1989)

You are Astyanax, a sixteen year old boy that has the same dream night after night: A princess, calling for...

Asuka 120% Excellent: BURNING Fest. PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Another year, another martial arts tournament at Ryōran Private Girl's Academy, and once again, the best students from each club...

Asuka 120% Final: BURNING Fest. PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Asuka 120% Final is the third installment on the Asuka 120% all-girls fighting game to be released on PlayStation. Eleven...

Asuka 120% Limited: BURNING Fest. SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997)

The girls of Ryōran School for Young Women are back for their first and only official release on the SEGA...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

Ryoran Girls' Private Academy is a high-quality school, which specializes in arts and sciences, but also in martial arts. Each...

Asuka 120% Special: BURNING Fest. PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Shiritsu Ryōran Jogakuin -- Ryōran Private Girl's Academy -- is a famous school which, since its founding only 30 years...

Arcade (1989)

Earth is invaded by a force called the Galaxy Highters in 1996, which was set in the future seen from...

Arcade (1998)

Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty is a one-on-one fighting game set in a post-apocalyptic world where fantasy and sci-fi technology...

Arcade (2000)

Asura Buster: Eternal Warriors is a one-on-one fighting game and the sequel to Asura Blade. It offers essentially the same...

Asura's Wrath PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Asura's Wrath is an action game where the player controls the titular Asura. He is one of the eight elite...

Acorn 32-bit (1993)

Asylum is a platformer where the player enters the brain of young man called Sigmund. Sigmund has his share of...

Atari Action Triple Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This compilation includes three RPGs:Forgotten Realms: Demon StoneMagic: The Gathering - BattlegroundsThe Temple of Elemental Evil: A Classic Greyhawk Adventure...

Atari 2600 (2004)

This is the game Qb altered to have a Christmas theme that was given away in a 2004 AtariAge contest...

Atari 2600 (2005)

Santa's reindeer have gotten lost and he must find them. The problem is that while he was an accomplished athlete...

Atari 2600 (2006)

This is a cartridge that was given away by the AtariAge store as a promotion for the 2006 holiday shopping...

Atari 2600 (2007)

This is the 2007 holiday cartridge from AtariAge. This year the cartridge, dubbed Stella's Stocking, contains five games.Stay Frosty: You...

Atari Anniversary Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

In the tradition of the Namco Museum series, Infogrames packs together 6 of Atari's greatest arcade achievements onto one Game...

Atari Arcade Hits: Volume 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Atari Arcade Hits is a compilation of six classic arcade games from the golden ages of Atari, reprogrammed to play...

Atari Arcade Hits: Volume 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Atari Arcade Hits is a compilation of six classic arcade games from the golden ages of Atari, reprogrammed to play...

Windows (2005)

Atari Collection: Action is one of four simultaneously released compilations (for the other three see Atari's Atari Collection series). This...

Atari Collection: Rollenspiele Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Atari Collection: Rollenspiele is one of four simultaneously released compilations (for the other three see Atari's Atari Collection Series). This...

J2ME (2005)

Atari Legends Vol. 1 is a compilation containing three classic Atari 2600 games, ported to the mobile platform: Asteroids Centipede...

J2ME (2006)

Atari Legends Vol. 2 is a compilation containing three classic Atari games, ported to the mobile platform: Breakout Lunar Lander...

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