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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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Beyond the Forbidden Forest Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

The sequel to Forbidden Forest; the main gimmick was the "4-dimensional" gameplay. The background changed to reflect the passage of...

Beyond the Ice Palace Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

This platform romp has similarities to Ghosts 'N Goblins, sending you on a journey to defeat the forces of evil....

Beyond the Law: The Third Wave Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Beyond the Law: The Third Wave is a squad-based, strategy shooter in which the player commands a covert team of...

DOS (1997)

The CD contains 212 maps for Duke Nukem 3D collected from the Internet and BBS (1996). The CD also contains...

Beyond: Two Souls PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The story focuses on the life of a young girl, Jodie, who has a special ability to see or feel...

Beyond: Two Souls (Special Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013)

The Special Edition comes in a metal case and includes: Main game Beyond: Two Souls Digital Soundtrack Exclusive extra game...

Linux (1999) and Windows (1999)

First-person 3D accelerated space fighter combat game, played in enclosed arenas connected by teleports. Real physics down to friction, momentum,...

BHunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

BHunter is set in 2098 where law and order are rapidly crumbling and the city has turned to enlisting the...

Bibi Blocksberg: Im Bann der Hexenkugel Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Bibi Blocksberg is the star of a German children's radio play and TV series. She is an apprentice witch, living...

Bibi und Tina: Fohlen "Felix" in Gefahr Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2002)

Bibi und Tina: Fohlen "Felix" in Gefahr is an action-adventure for children of any age.In this game, you play the...

Bible Adventures DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Genesis (1995) and NES (1991)

Bible Adventures contains three different side scrolling platform games, each with a different bible theme. The first game is Noah's...

NES (1993)

This is a Bible trivia/action game in which you spin a spinner and move the number of spaces it says....

Bible Fight Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Bible Fight is a browser-based fighting game which puts characters from the Bible face-to-face to fight each other, such as:...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Biff isn't a nice chimp as he keeps being rude to his Mother, but his Mother has had enough and...

Windows (2013)

BiFrost is a side scrolling space shooter designed with touch screens in mind. The player faces right and the enemies...

DOS (1997)

B.I.G. is a action-adventure platformer with gameplay similar to Flashback. A group of fanatics called Apocalypse attacked a convoy carrying...

The Big 6 Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Big 6 is a collection of six games from the Dizzy series. It containsFantastic Dizzy (in an enhanced AGA...

CD-i (1995)

Big Bang Show combines both arcade action gameplay with a historical quiz in two different game modes.In the arcade game...

Big Bass Fishing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Big Bass Fishing is a simple action-oriented fishing simulation released at a budget price. The game modes include arcade, competition,...

DOS (1990)

This issue of the PC software subscription offers only one game, the somewhat more elaborate than usual Galactic Battle. This...

DOS (1992)

Big Bob's Drive In is a shareware game in which the player takes the role of a waitress, 'Skatin' Stacy',...

Big Brain Academy Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The second title in Nintendo's brain game series. Big Brain Academy is similar to Brain Age, in that it contains...

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree is the first installment to Nintendo's series of brain games to make it's debut on...

Big Brother: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Big Brother: The Game is based on the German version of the TV show where multiple people live in one...

Big Brother: The Game 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Big Brother: The Game 2 is the official game about the second season of the German version of the TV...

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