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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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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...

Planet Fish iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Planet Fish is the first game by Ludia based on an original IP. The first version of the game was...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Planet Invasion is a straight-forward Defender clone. As in the original, you patrol a horizontally scrolling landscape infested with Praetorian...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Planet of Shades is an action arcade game that features gameplay similar to Cybernoid. The player controls an egg-like spaceship...

Planet of the Apes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2002)

Released around the same time as the remake (2001 Tim Burton) of the original film (1968 Franklin J. Schaffner), yet...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Based on the series of 1960's movies that starred legendary actors such as Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell, the player...

Windows (2008)

Planet of the Jellies is a Space Invaders clone mixed with match-three puzzle gameplay. Players can click the Space Invaders...

Planet of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Planet of War is an unofficial add-on disc with four new campaigns for Operation Flashpoint.

Planetoids ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

An Asteroids clone. You control a spaceship in a planetoid field, trying to avoid hitting them and at the same...

ZX81 (1981)

On your way home back to your planet in your spacecraft, you have encountered an asteroid field with the asteroids...

Planet Patrol Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are on patrol to find and destroy enemy fuel depots.Your ship flies to the left, while you control your...

ZX81 (1983)

Planet Raider is a double game pack that contains:Planet Raider: A side view horizontal shooter with the screen scrolling left...

Planet Ring Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Indulge yourself in a totally new concept, created by Sega for its world of Online gaming and experience a new...

PlanetSide Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide is a Massively Multiplayer First-Person Action Game in which players join one of three Empires fighting for control over...

PlanetSide 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

PlanetSide 2 is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online first-person shooter that delivers combat on a large scale with up to...

Windows (2004)

PlanetSide: Aftershock is a bundle of the following games: PlanetSide PlanetSide: Core Combat It also introduces the so-called "Battle Frame...

Windows (2003)

PlanetSide: Core Combat is an add-on for the online-shooter PlanetSide with the following new features (all available to both factions):...

Planet Smashers Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1990)

Planet Smashers is a vertically scrolling shooter similar to Xevious. Power ups can be captured by destroying cargo ships. Power...

DOS (1994)

This football game features practically every international team available with its corresponding players (circa 1994) and with gameplay modes that...

Plantasia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), BREW (2007), J2ME (2007) and Macintosh (2006)

Holly is a fairy-in-training, about to embark on her last task before becoming a full-fledged fairy. She has just arrived...

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a multiplayer third-person shooter spinoff of the original Plants vs. Zombies game.In this game,...

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