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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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B.C. Bill Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1984) and BBC Micro (1984)

B.C. Bill is a collect-em-up about the daily struggles of our ancestors. As the caveman Bill, you must compete with...

B.C. II: Grog's Revenge Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), MSX (1986) and Coleco Adam (1984)

Thor has completed his Quest for Tires. Now he must discover the Meaning of Life.But it won't be easy. The...

BC's Quest for Tires PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1985)

Cute Chick is in trouble! She is being held captive by the dinosaur, and it is up to Thor to...

BCV: Battle Construction Vehicles PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

BCV: Battle Construction Vehicles is a fighting game between present-day mechs: construction vehicles. Players choose between 15 drivers and 14...

Beach Bubbles: Chapter 1 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Beach Bubbles is a simple action game where the player must maneuver a cute girl around the field collecting bubbles...

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

In this game you control a beach buggy that’s competing in the Dune Trials. It consists of eight rounds and...

Beach Fun: Summer Challenge Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

In Beach Fun: Summer Challenge players can choose one of the four young holiday makers in a chartered yacht to...

Beach-Head Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985), Thomson TO (1985) and Thomson MO (1985)

A dictator took the control of a fortress on the island of Kuhn-Lin.The player's mission is to storm the island...

Beach Head 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Any one remember Beach Head on the C64? Here's the 2000 version. You are one guy in a turret on...

Beach Head 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Macintosh (2002) and Arcade (2002)

Beach Head 2002 is a 360 degree shooter in a photorealistic 3D environment. You are a lone gunner in a...

Windows (2003)

This turret gun shooter is a remake of Beach Head 2002 but it changes the location to the Iraqi desert....

Beach-Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The Dictator from the first Beach Head game is back, but World War 2 is over. Giving himself a new...

Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Arcade (2001)

Beach Spikers is an action beach volleyball game for one to four players. Several modes of gameplay are included: arcade...

Beacon Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Beacon is a short exploration platformer written for the Ludum Dare 48 competition on the theme of discovery, where it...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Andromedan Armed Condors are a rare goggled breed of bird due to the fact that they breed and lay...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Beam is an action game in which the player has to link together energy stations. To do so he moves...

Amiga (1997)

Beambender is a light puzzle game similar to Deflektor. The player's task is to use mirrors and other components to...

Beam Breakers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A sci-fi street racing game set in the crowded city of Neo York. The year is 2173 and underground racers...

Beamrider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

Beamrider is a 3D arcade action game. You control a beam riding spaceship on a mission to clear 99 sectors...

Beanotown Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Beanotown Racing allows players to race with characters from the popular Beano and Dandy comics in the U.K. The respective...

TRS-80 CoCo (1986) and Dragon 32/64 (1986)

Roy Coates, who converted the classic platformers Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy to the Dragon, went on to form...

Atari 2600 (1982)

In this game, you are Bopper.The object is to stun then capture Beannies. You can also capture Bouncing Orange Eyeballs...

Bear Bovver ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Bear Bovver stars Ted the Bear, proud owner of a new Sinclair electric truck, but not of a set of...

Beards & Beaks Windows Phone Front Cover

Windows Phone (2011)

Beards & Beaks is Microsoft's first in-house produced game for the Windows Phone 7. The game operates largely on a...

Windows (2007)

Bear Go Home is a short, side-scrolling action game, in which the player influences the movements of a cartoony bear...

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