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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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The Terminator Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1992)

The Terminator licensed game for the Sega consoles was a fairly standard side-scrolling platform game. However, the game's six levels...

BREW (2003), J2ME (2003) and ExEn (2003)

The Terminator is a game where you will have to destroy machines coming to kill you. The plot takes place...

SNES (1993)

The SNES game based on James Cameron's classic 1984 film is an action game where the player takes the role...

NES (1992)

The Terminator loosely follows the plot of the 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger film. The game begins in the future, where the...

The Terminator SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Similar to adaptations of The Terminator on other systems, the Sega CD game is a platformer where the player controls...

Terminus Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Join the United Earth League (UEL), the rebellious Martian Consortium (MC), the Marauder Pirate Clan, or the Independent Council of...

Terminus: The Prison Planet ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Throughout the known universe, a lifestyle of constant education and minimal pleasure is being enforced by the System. The Wanglers...

Terra 6: Mission Super I.Q. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In the year 2904 the earth loses contact to some intergalactic colonies because of a terror attack on the hub...

Terracide Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A colony of ex-humans, having left Earth generations ago, are returning in gigantic dropships to destroy their former home world....

Terra Cognita Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Mining Engineers working on the planet Krion have inadvertently triggered its destruction, and must escape in this vertically-scrolling shoot 'em...

Terracon PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Terracon is a thirdperson action game for the PlayStation. When a terraforming machine malfunctions you (Xed) are the only surviving...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

The high-tech Terra Cresta ship should be capable of wiping out alien forces on a disputed planet. You're the pilot,...

Terra Cresta NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1986) and Arcade (1985)

In the follow-up to Moon Cresta, a well-guarded planet is being invaded. You will have to make a succession of...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Terra Fighter is a horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up viewed from above where you are the pilot of a spacecraft and you...

DOS (1997) and Windows (2000)

In this arcade space shooter, blast your ship through heavily defended underground caverns, past wind tunnels, fire-walls and subterranean lakes....

VIC-20 (1982)

Terraguard is a fixed screen shoot 'em up similar to Moon Cresta and Phoenix. The player controls his ship down...

Terrahawks ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Like perennial license favourite Thunderbirds, Terrahawks was written by Gerry Anderson, featured puppets, and was set in space. It is...

Terranigma SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

In Terranigma, you play a young boy named Ark. He has grown up in his little village, isolated from the...

Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

You're part of a strike group which operates on different planets. In some missions you're on your own, but mostly...

DOS (1999)

Terra Probe is a single player, shareware, Boulder Dash type of game.The player controls a probe which tunnels through the...

Terraria Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Terraria is a two dimensional platform game of exploration and crafting. Players can use mines and picks to collect various...

Windows (2012)

This collector's edition is a retail release of a game that was previously only available as a digital download. It...

Windows (2006)

Terrawars: NY Invasion is a budget-priced first-person shooter that takes place in an alien-infested New York City. You play as...

Terror-Daktil 4D ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

You're in your plane flying over the jungles of South America. Suddenly the engines fail and the captain cannot land...

Terrorist Takedown Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is the first game in the prolific Terrorist Takedown series. In most of its levels it plays like a...

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