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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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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...

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997), FM Towns (1994) and Arcade (1991)

Pu-Li-Ru-La is a psychedelic side-scrolling arcade beat 'em up set in the magical land of Radishland. As the story goes,...

Pulleralarm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Pulleralarm is a game that refers to the German TV-Show TV Total. You are Stefan Raab, who is the host...

Pulsarius Windows Front Cover Double Games release

Windows (2004)

The Pulsarius planet system has been attacked by alien forces, and you know what, you've been asked to protect the...

Pulsar no Hikari: Space Wars Simulation NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Players are put in charge of a space cruiser and have to rid the galaxy of hostile enemies.Players are first...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Five pulsies were trapped in a maze (49 screens each) and the player, as a pulsator, has to rescue them....

DOS (1996)

Pulse is an interesting game where you try to get a group of pieces of the same color together similar...

Pulse: Fight the Night Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Pulse: Fight the Night is a twin stick shooter with a twist: the player fights hordes of enemies and the...

Pulseman Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994) and Wii (2009)

Pulseman is an electric hero who was created to fight cyber crime. Combat the galaxy gang throughout 7 stages with...

Pulse Warrior ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Who needs weaponry when you're trying to save the earth from the invasion of the beings of Cirrus Major? Hopefully...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Pulsoids is a side-view single-screen game inspired by the arcade games Breakout and Arkanoid where you control a Energy Mirror...

Neo Geo (1995), Neo Geo CD (1995), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1995)

An alien threat looms over the galaxy and only you and your trusty star fighter can defeat them.Pulstar is a...

Pump Fighters Windows Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (2001)

Pump Fighters is a simple action game that allows two human players to play against each other: the winner is...

Pumuckls Abenteuer bei den Piraten Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Pumuckl is a small red-haired goblin character from a popular German TV series. His major concern is to trifle with...

Pumuckls Abenteuer im Geisterschloss Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Pumuckl is a small red hairy goblin from a German TV series. His major concern is to trifle with humans....

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Punch Ball Mario Bros. is a single-screen action game adapted from the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros.. Visually and structurally,...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Young Tyrogue is serious about his martial arts training. He has arranged a training session where punching bags will pop...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Punch & Judy is a side-view flick-screen game based on the famous puppet characters where you control Punch who has...

Punchy ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

Punchy is set, as the name might suggest, in a theater setting. It is an adaptation of "Punch & Judy":...

DOS (1990)

The Punisher: Eternity Disk is an add-on for The Punisher. It includes 50 new missions as well as a Mission...

The Punisher DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

When his family was gunned down by gangsters, Frank Castle became The Punisher. As Judge, Jury, and Executioner, The Punisher...

The Punisher Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

The Punisher is a third person action game that pits the player against the darkest scum of the Marvel Comics'...

The Punisher NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The NES version of The Punisher is an on-rails shooter tracking behind Frank Castle as he trades fire with the...

Genesis (1994) and Arcade (1993)

Join Frank Castle's crusade for justice and revenge in this arcade beat 'em up. Based on the Marvel comic of...

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