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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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Threads of Fate PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Threads of Fate combines the gameplay of a 3D action game with an RPG character system. The game provides two...

ThreadSpace: Hyperbol Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

ThreadSpace: Hyperbol is an action-strategy game, where the player controls a single space ship and earns money by destroying enemies....

DOS (1995)

After a long interstellar voyage the colonists established residence on the asteroid, in a complex named Astral. Sadly, troubles were...

Three Dirty Dwarves Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Three Dirty Dwarves is a side-scrolling action game with an interesting plot: genetically altered "super kids" playing Dungeons & Dragons...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

The Three Dragon Story is a vertically scrolling shooter similar to Knightmare. The player controls a lone hero moving in...

The Three Monkeys Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

Three monkeys stand next to each other, hands eagerly open to the sky. And no wonder! It's raining fruit! Fruit,...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

"Remastered" version of the classic Cinemaware game with new graphics and sound and ported to 32bit-Windows while retaining the original...

The Three Stooges DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), PlayStation (2003), Game Boy Advance (2002), Amiga (1987), NES (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple IIgs (1989)

Stars of television and cinema, and now stars of their own video game. Join Moe, Larry & Curly (in no...

Windows (2002), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

This place would indeed be paradise, were it not for the fact that the Can Nibbles inhabit it. Herbert and...

Three Weeks in Paradise Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This freeware remake of the action-adventure game from 1985 updates the graphics and sounds while maintaining the same gameplay of...

Threshold Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1981), VIC-20 (1981) and Thomson TO (1984)

Threshold is a simple shoot'em up game. You are in control of a spaceship at the bottom of the screen...

Atari ST (1993)

Thriller is a collect'em-up game in high resolution for one player.You control a ball that moves on a track and...

Windows (2009)

The Thrill of Combat is an independent game by Mark Essen (messhof) for one or two players cooperatively. Players control...

Throne of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Evil is in the land of Yamato. Zanshin, the horrible demon, is unleashed and seeks to destroy the land and...

Throne of Fire ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

This was Consult Computer Systems first major collaboration with Mike Singleton. It is a slash 'em up 1 or 2...

Macintosh (1984)

This is one of the first Macintosh games released and was created in-house at Apple. It was announced at the...

DOS (1994)

Throwland is similar to Plotting. The objective of the player, in each level, is to make disappear all the colour...

Throw Me Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Throw Me has a simple objective: the player has to throw the game's weird eyeball protagonist as far and as...

Thrust Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 2600 (2000), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Thrust brings realistic physics and inertia-based movement into arcade games, directly influencing titles like Oids, as well as Exile from...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, players navigate their spaceship around a single level where eight yellow eggs are stored. These eggs release...

Thrust II ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

The physics-based gameplay of the original Thrust is back and the controls of your craft are basically the same -...

Thud Ridge: American Aces in 'Nam Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The game plot is set in times of Vietnam War, where you are American pilot of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief...

Thunderball! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1979) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

In this pinball game, up to four players will take turns playing five balls in either one of the two...

Thunderbirds Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Join the Tracy Family in seven old-school mini-games across various locations in the world in order to thwart the evil...

Thunderbirds Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Based on the live action film released in 2004 (which in turn was based on the 1960s series starring marionettes),...

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