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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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Beverly Hills Cop Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and BBC Micro (1990)

Eddie Murphy became a star in the police film Beverly Hills Cop, and it was this license that Tynesoft used...

Beyblade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Based on the Japanese anime TV-show and line of toys, "Beyblade" lets the user battle customized spinning tops against other...

Beyblade VForce: Super Tournament Battle GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

To start with chose a beyblade then enter the super battle tournament. As you progress you gain points for victories...

Beyblade VForce: Ultimate Blader Jam Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

In a twist for the series, Beyblade VForce: Ultimate Blader Jam is not based on spinning top battles. Instead, the...

Beyond Castle Wolfenstein Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Your mission is to infiltrate Nazi headquarters in disguise, find the bomb agents have hidden there, and plant it outside...

Beyond Dark Castle Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Macintosh (1987)

This sequel to Dark Castle has our formerly nameless hero now known as Prince Duncan continuing his adventures after he...

Beyond Good & Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

In the future, on the planet Hillys, the population suffers from constant attacks from the alien DomZ. The situation is...

Beyond Normandy: Assignment: Berlin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This is a World War II shooter that takes place during the historic final onslaught of the Allied forces as...

Beyond Oasis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1994) and Wii (2007)

Prince Ali has found the magical Golden Armlet, which was used many years ago to defeat an evil wizard who...

DOS (1994)

Beyond The Abyss is a shareware fantasy shooter game. The player takes the role of the lone paladin, Roman, who...

Beyond the Black Hole DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Use your paddles to pilot your orb in the search for the disappearance of Vern Grenington and his "entire vehicle...

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...

BFRIS Zero Gravity Fighter Combat Linux Front Cover

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...

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