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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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Bit Crunch Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Bit Crunch is a retro-style exploration-focused twin-stick shooter reminiscent of the arcade classic Berzerk. Up to four players explore a...

The Bitmap Brothers Compilation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

This is a CD-ROM compilation of five Bitmap Brothers games and one expansion: Cadaver and Cadaver: The Payoff Gods Magic...

Bit of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Bit of War is a NES-style demake of the God of War series transforming the franchise into an 8-bit 2D...

BitStream Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

BitStream is a retro-style minimalist racing game that draws a heavy influence from Dotstream. The player controls a colored line...

Bit.Trip Beat Macintosh Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), Wii (2009), iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

Bit. Trip Beat is a unique combination of Pong and a rhythm game. The game is played by holding the...

Bit.Trip Core Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012) and Wii (2009)

Bit.Trip Core is the second game in the Bit.Trip series. It uses the same rhythm-based concept as the first game,...

Bit.Trip Fate Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and Wii (2010)

In the sixth installment of the Bit. Trip-series, the player controls Commander Video in a 2D rail shooter. But Commander...

Wii (2011)

Bit.Trip Flux is yet another retro-styled, rhythm-themed title for the Wii's WiiWare service from Aksys and Gaijin games. Flux has...

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is the sequel to Bit.Trip Runner. The game's look and feel is very...

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Good Friends Character Pack! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Good Friends Character Pack! is an add-on for Bit.Trip Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. It adds seven new...

Bit.Trip Runner Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011) and Wii (2010)

Bit. Trip Runner is the fifth entry in the Bit. Trip series. This time, the player controls Commander Video directly...

Bit.Trip Void Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2013) and Wii (2009)

Bit.Trip Void is part of the 6-game series of Bit.Trip games popularized on Nintendo's Wii Ware download service.Bit.Trip Void combines...

BJ the Return: QL Caverns 2 Sinclair QL Front Cover

Sinclair QL (1985)

BJ the Return: QL Caverns 2 is the sequel to QL Cavern. It is an arcade game that picks up...

Black PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Sgt. J. Keller is a Black Op and he has just failed his operation - badly. He has been incarcerated...

Black and White Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Black and White is a puzzle game where the player controls two cats, one black and one white, simultaneously. Generally...

Black Beard MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Red Beard, an old pal of Black Beard has stolen Black Beard's treasure map. You as Black Beard are furious...

Blackbeard's Revenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Live the life of a pirate. Destroy merchant and guard ships in tense battles, and take the sweet treasures inside....

Black Belt SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

In this game, you play Riki. Kyoko, your beautiful Japanese girlfriend, has been kidnapped, and in order to rescue her,...

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...

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