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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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1001 Nights of DOOM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

1001 Nights of DOOM is a compilation disc for some of id Software's first-person shooters. It includes map editors, new...

1001 Spikes Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), Nintendo 3DS (2014), PS Vita (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

1001 Spikes is a difficult platformer designed with the retro aesthetics of an 8-bit game. It is an enhanced version...

10 Amazingly Awful Games Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

10 Amazingly Awful Games is a compilation of 10 different games in different genres. They are: All Your Beans Are...

Commodore 64 (1985)

10 Computer Hits is a compilation of the following ten games: Brian Jacks Superstar Ancipital Seaside Special Jinn Genie Special...

Amstrad CPC (1986)

10 Computer Hits 2 is a compilation containing the following ten games: 3D Starstrike Superpipeline 2 Technician Ted Android 2...

BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

10 Computer Hits 4 for the BBC and Electron includes the following 10 games: DeathStar The Mine Thrust Killer Gorilla...

Commodore 64 (1989)

10 Computer Hits: Volume Five is a compilation containing the following ten games: Samurai Warrior Morpheus Tarzan Traz Mega-Apocalypse Magnetron...

ZX81 (1981)

10 Games is a collection of games and programs on one tape. The collection contains:Klingons: You are a spaceship returning...

Commodore 64 (1988)

10 Great Games II is a compilation containing the following ten games: Auf Wiedersehen Monty Basil the Great Mouse Detective...

10 Seconds or Less Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

10 Seconds or Less tasks the player with finding various targets on several pictures that include owls, flowers and doors...

Windows (1998)

10six Online is an on-line only action/adventure game, meant to become the world's first 1 million player game. It runs...

Windows (1999)

This game puts you in the shoes of a warehouse employee who must break open the wooden crates scattered across...

12 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

12 is a compilation title of twelve small games on the Nintendo DS. They range from puzzle to top-down shooting,...

Windows (2005)

This is the first part of the trilogy featuring prisoner 1213 (Twelve Thirteen). Locked up in a dark cell and...

Windows (2006)

In the second episode of the trilogy starring prisoner 1213, he continues his quest to escape the facility where he...

Windows (2006)

Episode 3 concludes the story of prisoner 1213's escape. Unlike the previous instalments, access to the entire game is only...

Windows (2006)

1213 (Special Edition) is a bundle of the three games in 1213 series of which the individual instalments were given...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

123 is a compilation containing the following three games: BMX Kidz Ninja Master Rock-n-Wrestle

1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) is a reworking of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!!: A Reckless Disregard...

1337 Ship Deathmatch Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

1337 Ship Deathmatch is a simple space shooter game which focuses on multiplayer combat. The player takes control of one...

13 Ghosts TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1984)

As the Great Venicksia, legendary conjuror and Ghost Exterminator Extraordinaire, you may have finally met your match. This town is...

140 Linux Front Cover

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

140 is a minimalistic puzzle platformer where timing is often tied to the rhythm of the music and visuals. The...

Genesis (1991)

16t is a scrolling platform action game similar to Teddy Boy, in which the player controls a youngster in prison...

PC-88 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

177 is the number of the Japanese criminal legislation paragraph that forbids rape. The game, however, does just the opposite:...

Mophun (2003)

Take the role of a gold miner of the 19th century. You have been searching for a long time, and...

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