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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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ZX81 (1981)

Program Pack 4 is a double games pack that contains:Breakout: Based on the arcade game where the aim is to...

Prohibition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Prohibition is a shoot'em up taking place in New York in 1930. The town is overrun by gangsters and you're...

Windows (2002)

Project: Atlantis is a top-down action game, set in the futuristic, underwater nation of Atlantis which is under attack by...

Project Black Sun Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

A young boy is out doing his daily jogging in the forest when suddenly he steps on a hidden trap...

Amiga (1992)

Project Buzz Bar combines gameplay elements from Asteroids and Defender. On each level there are several men to rescue by...

Project Eden Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

Earth's population has grown, and because of this, humongous skyscrapers have been erected. The rich and average live in these...

Project Entropia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Project Entropia is a "semi-free" Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), set in the far future on the distant...

Project Firestart Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989)

Project Firestart is one of the progenitors of the survival horror genre. In the future (2066) a genetic experiment (Project...

Project Future ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Your first mission out of Space College could hardly be tougher - penetrate the SS Future spaceship, and activate its...

Project GunViper Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Project GunViper is a freeware vertical shooter rendered with full 3D graphics. The game follows the standards of the genre,...

Project: Horned Owl PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Horned Owl is a rail-shooter that can take advantage of the PlayStation mouse or the Konami light gun. Three main...

Project IGI: I'm Going In Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Project: I'm Going In is a tactical shooter based on the Joint Strike Fighter 3d-engine. In the game, you are...

Amiga (1996)

Project Intercalaris is a successor to Project Battlefield. This time the action takes place on an alien planet. As a...

Project Justice Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Project Justice is the sequel to Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seishun Nikki 2. It once more thrusts you into the...

Project Nebula TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1981)

Lord Scylla, ruler of six galaxies, has declared eminent domain over ours. Zycon, the commandant of Scylla's Imperial Fleet, has...

Project Neptune DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Taking on the role of special agent Robert "Rip" Steel, it is up to you to destroy the evil Yellow...

Project Nomads Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2005)

Project Nomads leads you into a very strange futuristic world. Your planet is destroyed, and all that's left are thousands...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Project Nova is a 1st person shooter where you are the pilot of a space craft and you must explore...

Project Overkill PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

In the distant future, mega-corporation Terracom has authorized its Off-World Colonization Division to expand to new planets through whatever means...

Project Paradise DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

A dark future forms the background of this action game. At the end of time rules only one powerful syndicate...

Project Root Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PS Vita (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Project Root is a futuristic top-down shooter where the player controls the F 72 Zonda aircraft. The protagonist is Lance...

Project: Snowblind Windows Front Cover

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

Project: Snowblind is a first-person spy action game set in the year 2065. You play Lt. Nathan Frost, a cybernetically...

Linux (2003) and Windows (2003)

In the future, after decades of war, the Weapco corporation, using its superior weaponry and AI driven craft, defeats both...

Project Stormos Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Project Stormos is a fast-paced game based around movement. The player controls Robo, a robot from the planet Binarios, to...

Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Project Sylpheed is an arcade-style shooter and is the follow-up to Silpheed: The Lost Planet on the PlayStation 2. The...

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