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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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Big Nose Freaks Out NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

On a Tuesday afternoon sometime in 17 million BC, Big Nose the caveman was on his way to the Savings...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

You are Big Nose the Caveman and for reasons unknown you have been transported through time and landed in modern...

Amiga (1992), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1993)

Long, long time ago (but not necessarily in a galaxy far, far away), there was a caveman named Big Nose....

SNES (1995)

On day an alien race of slugs is out patrolling space, when they encounter the Lucasarts logo. The logo, as...

The BIGS PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

The BIGS is an arcade-style baseball game that is less focused on the intricate details of the game and more...

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

In this tie-in to the 1986 John Carpenter movie starring Kurt Russell, you must thwart the evil plans of Mandarin...

Windows (2002)

BII-NARY: The War Against Pop-Ups, the sequel to BII-NARY, is a 2D platform game with a visual design similar to...

Windows (2000)

BikeFlyter is an advertising action game, created for the Aral AG company. The player controls a big, fat fly which...

Biker Mice from Mars Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Help the Biker Mice From Mars, Vinnie, Modo, and Throttle, in their quest to save planet Mars from destruction with...

Bikini Beach: Stunt Racer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2003)

Bikini Beach: Stunt Racer pits the player against the clock in a desperate, mad dash effort to please the hot...

Windows (2002)

Bikini Karate Babes combines the basics of a fighting game with realistic real-life video. Players can choose from various (all-female)...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure is based on the movie Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The game follows...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Bill and Ted are two surfer-speaking 1980s high school dudes from San Dimas, California. After the events of the film...

Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this sequel to Billy la Banlieue the player takes on the role of RockaBilly, who wears black jacket, black...

Billy Blade: Temple of Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In this action game you play the role of Billy Blade who, with his best friend Kong the monkey, is...

Game Boy Color (1999)

In Billy Bob's Huntin'-n-Fishin' the player takes the role of Billy Bob, an obese redneck, who wants to win the...

Atari ST (1997)

Billy boy is a scrolling platform game written in STOS.You find yourself in various enchanted places and to finish each...

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and GameCube (2003)

A boy and his friends playing in the forest get transported to a magical land. Separated from his friends, Billy...

Billy la Banlieue Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1986)

You are rockaBilly in the suburbs of Paris, where the streets are full of harlots, musicians, thugs, policemen, yogis, and...

Billy the Kid Returns! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

It's 1875. Your name is William Bonney. You're 15 years old. And you're in jail. But not for long!Billy the...

Genesis (1990)

You are Kenji Ohara, a motor boat expert. The evil Dr. Orca has kidnapped your sister Kim. Together with your...

Binary Domain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

In the late 20th century, global warming consumes 75% of the world habitable land, forcing mankind to build new, raised...

Binary Land NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

In this game, you have to guide two penguins, one male and one female, through top-down vertical levels. The penguins...

Windows (2010)

Binary Land is a freeware remake of a puzzle game released in 1985 for 8-bit platforms, where two infatuated penguins...

The Binding of Isaac Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

The Binding of Isaac is an almost top-down game that borrows heavily from the roguelike genre. Players explore dungeons that...

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