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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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99 Bullets Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

99 Bullets is a shoot-em-up with a twist--the player can take a whopping 99 hits before they die! But it's...

99 Levels to Hell Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

99 Levels to Hell is a 2D roguelike platform shooter consisting of ten randomly created ten-level dungeons. To make it...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Claudette the cat has been kidnapped by scientists aiming to use her for experiments. Bob Cat can't allow this, and...

Windows (1998)

A2 Racer II again allows you to race on the well known Dutch A-2 highway. But also race tracks have...

A2 Racer III: Europa Tour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

Part 3 in the Dutch A2 Racer series takes the player to London, Berlin and Vienna. The gameplay remains the...

A2 Racer IV: The Cop's Revenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Part four in the A2 Racer series includes tracks in Amsterdam, Scheveningen, Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. The gameplay of this...

DOS (1998)

A2 is sequel to AUTS - The Ultimate Stress Relief Game. The idea is to fly in caves and shoot...

Linux (2004) and Windows (2003)

A7Xpg is a freeware, open-source abstract shooter with vector graphics created by Japanese developer Kenta Cho, where the player guides...

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In this BASE jumping game players jump down from skyscrapers in a floating city, performing stunts to entertain fans and...

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) is a remix of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!: A Reckless Disregard for Gravity and AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the...

AAARGH! DOS Front Cover

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

What's that coming over the hill, is it a monster? Yes, as this Rampage-influenced arcade game sees you play either...

Aaargh! Condor Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

Avoid the snakes, arrow-shooting man, porcupines, condor-dropped eggs and, in later levels, fire and eyes in the forest. Get to...

Aagh! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Aagh! is a two dimensional side-scrolling racer that tasks the player with guiding a small metallic ball through a narrow...

Aa Harimanada Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993) and Game Gear (1993)

Aa Harimanada is a sumo wrestling game based on the manga and anime created by Kei Sadayasu. As in the...

Aah Impossible Rescue Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Aah Impossible Rescue tasks the player with guiding three kittens who are stranded in a river across twelve levels to...

Commodore 64 (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Based on the arcade game Anteater, you are an anteater and you must bury your long snout in the anthill...

Aardvark Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Aardvark is a ball and paddle game that gives the player control of a paddle and tasks the player with...

Aaron's Ping-Pong Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Aaron's Ping-Pong is a indie game version of Pong, with virtually identical gameplay. The game area is entirely black, and...

NES (1992)

In this game, you must help a little boy to become a baseball star. Your goal is to make it...

Abaddon Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Abaddon is a tower defence game set in space that gives the player control of the capital ship Abaddon, which...

Abaddon: Retribution Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The sequel to the Xbox Live Indie game Abaddon, Abaddon: Retribution puts the player in the role of Tara Cole,...

Abadox: The Deadly Inner War NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Somewhere in the galaxy, a huge alien space creature known as Parasitis travels between realms digesting it's pray. It's latest...

Abalaburn PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Abalaburn is a 3D fighting game from Tamsoft, makers of the Toshinden franchise. A group of warriors have gathered to...

Abandon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Abandon is an action game with strategical elements set in a series of dark mazes. The protagonist radiates light and...

Windows (2004)

Abandon 2 is a Breakout game with an unique approach.Like any other Breakout game, your job is to remove all...

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