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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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Psycho Pigs UXB ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1993) and Arcade (1987)

The object of Psycho Pigs UXB is to eliminate your opponents (who are pigs) by throwing bombs at them. When...

Psycho Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Genesis (1995)

Psycho Pinball is another pinball game in the style first introduced in Pinball Dreams and later popularized in Pinball Fantasies....

Psychosis Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2008)

There is something wrong with your brain. It is being taken over by the Devil Ugar himself! Your only recourse...

Psycho Soldier Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), PSP (2011), Amstrad CPC (1988), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1987)

Sequel to Athena, the 2D side-scroller which starred a stylized Manga version of the Greek goddess Athena as she set...

Psychotoxic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Psychotoxic is a first-person shooter where the player controls one Angela Prophet, whose mission is simply to save the world...

Windows (2011)

Psycho Waluigi is an unlicensed freeware game made by Thunder Dragon starring Nintendo's character Waluigi as he tries to take...

Psyduck's Shuffle Surprise! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Psyduck's Shuffle Surprise! gives the player four Pokémon images on cards and asks them to remember a certain one (for...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

To keep the Betula 5 Installation running smoothly and to protect it, it is run by one central computer called...

Psyvariar 2 Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Dreamcast (2004), Xbox (2004) and Arcade (2003)

Psyvariar 2 is another specimen of the recent breed of "newschool" arcade shoot'em'ups (other examples being Ikaruga and Border Down)....

Psyvariar: Complete Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Two games in one pack (Psyvariar Medium Unit together with revision), Psyvariar is a vertical-scrolling sci-fi shooter.In the game, the...

P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1982)

P.T. Barnum's Acrobats! is another clone of Bally Midway's 1978 arcade game Clowns.Three rows of colored balloons are displayed at...

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In this naval simulation the player can take command of Russian, German or Allied fleets and the crews in WWII....

PT Boats: South Gambit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The South Gambit is a stand alone add-on of PT Boats. It features two new scenarios of the naval action...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Destroy all eggs!With that as your only instructions, you are thrown into a room filled with pterodactyl eggs. The controls...

Windows (2004)

Pteroglider is a fast and hectic vertically-scrolling space shooter. The player controls a small craft through the keyboard and uses...

Pub Darts Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

180 is a darts simulation game and it follows the traditional darts rules where you compete against an opponent to...

Puchi Carat PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998) and Arcade (1997)

In the world of Puchi Carat, thieves stole the twelve gems that made the people's dreams come true. They sold...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1982)

Puckman is a Pac-Man variant. The player controls a human who has been trapped in a maze. Scattered around the...

Windows (2010)

Puddle is a short, physics-based puzzle game where the player controls a puddle of fluid. It is developed by a...

Puddle Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2013), PS Vita (2012), Wii U (2012), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Ouya (2013)

Puddle is a reworked version of the 2010 student game of the same name largely by the original team. Just...

Nintendo DS (2009)

Puffins: Island Adventure begins by asking the player to choose their puffin eye type, beak colour and hairstyle. The game...

Nintendo DSi (2010)

The game expands on the fishing sections of Puffins: Island Adventure, with its protagonist being a puffin looking for fish...

Nintendo DSi (2010)

In Puffins: Let's Roll, we help, with the Stylus, the protagonist puffin to roll over puffin eggs along icy mazes,...

Puffy's Saga Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Puffy and his fortuitously-named girlfriend Puffyn are trapped in an alien world full of threats, traps and surprises. Taking control...

Puggsy Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994) and SEGA CD (1993)

Puggsy is a platform game with a combination of action and puzzle-solving elements. You control the the creature Puggsy, who...

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