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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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The 3rd Birthday (Twisted Edition) PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

The Twisted Edition comes in a cardboard box and includes: The 3rd Birthday Hardback book titled «CTI Confidential» with artworks...

3Tones Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

3Tones is a tile-matching puzzle game that generates content using MP3 music files. The game can import custom MP3 music...

3x3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

Jūma Hōkan is based on the manga series 3x3 Eyes. Long time ago, in ancient China, a group of people...

40 Winks PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and PS Vita (2012)

40 Winks is a 3D action-platform game in which you play as Ruff or Tumble, two children who must battle...

Commodore 64 (1986)

'43 - One Year After is a vertical-scrolling shooter heavily inspired by 1942 (even a carrier take-off sequence is included)....

DOS (1994)

4D Prince of Persia is an unofficial reworking of the original Prince of Persia game by Jordan Mechner. The levels...

Supervision (1992)

This multicart contains full versions of four Supervision games: Hash Block Jacky Lucky Challenger Tank Brain Power

4 in 1 (Hit Pak) Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Compilation including the following 4 games: Airwolf Bomb Jack Commando Frank Bruno's Boxing

Oric (2003)

4KKong is an Oric port of Nintendo's Donkey Kong Dual Screen handheld game.The game is all about saving a damsel...

4 Moohrhuhn Teile Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This compilation includes 4 parts of the Moorhuhn shooter series: Die Original Moorhuhnjagd Moorhuhn 2 Moorhuhn 3 Moorhuhn Winter Edition...

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

4 Most Action is a compilation of the following four games: Combat Zone Dead or Alive Gun Boat Strike Force...

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

4 Most Air Power is a compilation of the following four games: ACE 2088 Hellfire Attack Implosion Meganova

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

4 Most Balls, Boots and Brains is a compilation of the following four games: Australian Rules The Double Rugby Boss...

Commodore 64 (1992)

4 Most Cute is a compilation of the following four games: DM Double Trouble Howard the Duck Punch & Judy...

ZX Spectrum (1991)

Four Most Fight and Fright is a compilation containing the following four games: Aliens Who Dares Wins II Frightmare Fallen...

Commodore 64 (1988)

4 Most Fun is a compilation of the following four games: Everyone's a Wally Rik the Roadie Slug Snodgits

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

4 Most Horror is a compilation of the following four games: NEIL Android Nosferatu the Vampyre The Rocky Horror Show...

Commodore 64 (1991)

4 Most Megaheroes is a compilation of the following four games: Dandy Freddy Hardest Humm-Dinger Space Trooper

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

4 Most Toppers is a compilation of the following four games: Confuzion Oink Spin Dizzy Tarzan

4NR iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

4NR is a discovery-based puzzle platformer. The player chooses one of two paths; digging down into the depths in pursuit...

4th & Inches DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple IIgs (1988) and Macintosh (1988)

4th & Inches is an action/strategy football game for one or two players. You control the action during the variety...

4x4 Off-Road Racing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

As well as recreating off road racing, this game has considerable capability to upgrade your vehicle. There are four choices...

Commodore 64 (1986)

4 Zzap! Sizzlers is a compilation of the following four games: Drop Zone Thing on a Spring Who Dares Wins...

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Rapper 50 Cent is back with his half-dollar vengeance in this sequel to his first video game foray, 50 Cent:...

50 Cent: Bulletproof PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

This game lets you step into the footsteps of 50 Cent himself. As he tries to free the kidnapped K-Dog...

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