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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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System Shock 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2013)

In the year 2114, forty-two years after the events described in System Shock, a soldier joins the military organization Unified...

DOS (1997)

Clone of classic game Asteroids.You have to team up with Syyrah in 120 levels, when strategy and reflexes mix up...

T2: Terminator 2 - Judgment Day Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a game based on the movie of the same name. The Game Boy version is...

T3mp3st Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This open-source, freeware remake of the classic vector-based arcade game adds several new sets of levels with curious shapes, and...

Tableflip: The Game Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Tableflip: The Game is a short platformer inspired by the Japanese arcade game Cho Chabudai Gaeshi where the player gets...

Table Tennis Simulation Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

"Realistic life on a table tennis table" is the poorly-translated promise for this recreation of a popular indoor game. You...

Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Jake Logan was an ace pilot, living in Sol and holding a steady job flying for Advanced Ganymede Technologies. However...

DOS (2000)

Taco Bell is a first-person 3D action game serving as an advertisement for the North American chain of fast-food restaurants....

Tac-Scan Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Enemy airships are approaching your command base! You need to fly your five plane squadron into battle to defend it....

Tactical Assassin Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

In Tactical Assassin the player takes on a role of a stick figure sniper, eliminating fellow stick figures for a...

Tactical Assassin 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Tactical Assassin 2 is the sequel to Tactical Assassin, where once again the player takes command of a stick figure...

Tactical Assassin Substratum Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Tactical Assassin Substratum is the third entry into the series where once again the player takes control of the stick...

Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Like the popular Half-Life: Counter-Strike team-based shooter, Tactical Ops: Assault on Terror lets players assume the role of a terrorist...

Tadzio's Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This jump and run game parodies the popular Super Mario games series and transports the setting into a modern gay...

Tagalon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Tagalon is an action arcade game. The player's task is to find the largest possible number of jewels and a...

TAGAP 2: The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

TAGAP 2 picks up almost immediately after the first game. Our penguin heroes Pablo and Pedro are now working together....

TAGAP: The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins - The title kinda sums it up. Mad scientist doctor Glowenko is planning to take...

NES (1989)

This is a game of tag using dragons.The dragon is only vulnerable from the rear so you need to sneak...

Tag: The Power of Paint Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Tag: The Power of Paint is a trick-based puzzle platformer played from a first-person perspective. Perhaps giving a nod to...

Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

Vincent Ratatoui isn't nice - EDAM well stole the world's cheeses, and did a GOUDA job of it, making the...

T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

T'ai Fu looks to avenge the destruction of his village by the dragon clan. He travels through ancient China, seeking...

Taiko Drum Master PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Taiko Drum Master is an entry in Namco's Taiko No Tatsujin rhythm game series and the first to have a...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Appare Sandaime is one of the many titles in Namco's Taiko no Tatsujin taiko drum rhythm game. As usual, players...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Atsumare! Matsuri da!! Yondaime is one of the many titles in Namco's Taiko no Tatsujin taiko drum rhythm game. As...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Doka! to Ōmori Nanadaime is one of the many titles in Namco's Taiko no Tatsujin taiko drum rhythm game, and...

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