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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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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),...

Thunderbirds MSX Front Cover

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

International Rescue is made up of George Tracy, Brains Hackenback, and Tracy's five sons, each of whom has a Thunderbird...

NES (1989)

An evil alien named Hood wants the Thunderbirds to turn over all their vehicles to him within a 60 day...

Thunderbirds: F.A.B. Action Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Thunderbirds: F.A.B. Action Pack is a collection of mini-games, desktop and e-mail themes, screensavers and assorted sound clips and visuals....

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Thunderbirds: International Rescue is a game based on a British television series form mid-1960. Jeff Tracy, assisted by his five...

ThunderBlade DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

Aboard the lethal Gunship Gladiator helicopter, it is your job to ensure that a coup fails to install a dictator...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Thunderbolt is set in the future and is about the war between humans and the planet Proxima. Both experiment with...

Thunderbolt II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In this game you can control a Thunderbolt bomber, Lockheed SR-71 or an F-16 fighter. Every plane has different weapon...

Amiga (1988)

In Thunder Boy the player takes the role of Julian, whose girlfriend Jane was kidnapped by the fire dragon Drago....

Thunder Brigade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Thunder Brigade is an arcade hover tank game. 50-ton armored war machines fly in the air and race each other...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

You are a pilot of some robot/spacejet transformer on some deserted planet full of cacti and enemy ships. You may...

NES (1989) and Arcade (1987)

Terrorism has reached new heights. AATOM (Atomic Age Terrorist Organization of Miracali) has constructed their own nuclear power plant, and...

Thunder Castle Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1986)

In this medieval fantasy game, players take control of a brave knight as he sets out on a quest of...

Thundercats Amiga Front Cover

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

This license of the children's TV show set it as a Ghosts 'N Goblins-style hack-n-slash adventure. The Thundercat must defeat...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You are the Captain of the good ship Thundercross but problems are arising with the thrusters and power. No matter...

PC-88 (1984), PC-98 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Thunder Force is a free-scrolling top-down shooter, and the first title in what would become Tecnosoft's best-known franchise. Control a...

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