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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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Black Belt Challenge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Black Belt Challenge is a 2D fighting game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. There are 11 different characters available...

Black & Bruised PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Black & Bruised is a cartoonish take on boxing with 18 different boxers, each with their own personality and fighting...

Black Crystal ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1982) and ZX81 (1982)

Darkness has descended on the kingdom of Beroth. The evil Tobias has summoned the Black Crystal in an attempt to...

Black Dawn PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Black Dawn fulfills a few childhood dreams by putting gamers in control of a military helicopter. Terrorists have grown powerful...

Black Fire SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

In Black Fire, the player takes control of the most sophisticated helicopter on the planet taking on a very dangerous...

Black Hawk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

You are piloting the Black Hawk plane through a series of island bases, each of which has hardware such as...

Windows (2009)

The Black Heart is a freeware 2D fighting game, based on the MUGEN engine. The story and characters are inspired...

Windows (2002)

BlackHole is a mission based, space shoot 'em up.The story behind the game is that the Mafia want to discretely...

Blackhole Assault SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992) and TurboGrafx CD (1993)

According to Blackhole Assault, the 22nd century sees earth technology advance to the point where exploration of the immediate solar...

The Black Hole ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

A single-screen shooter, this game puts the player in control of a small spaceship at the left hand side of...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

You pilot the Black Hornet, an advanced stealth fighter that can nip in and out without any sound to destroy...

Black Lamp Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Black Lamp is a platform game in which you have to find and collect several colored lamps and bring them...

Blacklight: Retribution Windows Front Cover German cover version

Windows (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Blacklight: Retribution is the sequel to Blacklight: Tango Down. Like its predecessor, it is a first-person shooter focused solely on...

Blacklight: Tango Down Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Blacklight: Tango Down is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter. It is based around a struggle between two military groups: Blacklight...

Black Magic Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In Black Magic your job is to move a little wizard using the joystick and collect up the diamonds in...

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

For centuries, the people of MariGold have suffered under the rule of the Red Warlock, Zahgrim, making a once prosperous...

Windows (2012)

Black Mesa is a fan-made remake of Half-Life utilizing the Source engine as a standalone game. All key areas and...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Black Panther is a one on one fighting game similar to Way of the Exploding Fist or International Karate. Press...

Linux (1999) and Windows (2001)

Your objective in the arcade game Black Penguin is quite simple: control the movement (with the cursor keys) of your...

Browser (2011)

Black Prophecy is a space action multiplayer game with RPG elements. The prologue is linear: the player has to survive...

Black Rock Shooter: The Game PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

In the year 2032, aliens have invaded Earth. Humanity bands together and fights back valiantly, but they are simply no...

Black Rock Shooter: The Game (White Premium Box) PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

This is a limited-edition package that includes: Black Rock Shooter: The Game Limited Soundtrack 16-page booklet featuring original art by...

PSP (2011)

This is a special first-print edition of Black Rock Shooter: The Game that includes the game itself along with a...

BlackSite: Area 51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

It was supposed to be a routine mission three years ago. Enter a bunker deep inside Iraq-territory, retrieve a chemical...

ZX81 (1983)

After failure on your last mission and recovering in hospital growing a new arm and leg, you have had time...

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