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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 Tiger Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1987)

You are a barbarian who must slay three dragons that descended from the skies and plunged the kingdom into darkness....

Black Viper Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1996) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Black Viper takes inspiration from games such as Fire and Forget and Chase H.Q., replacing the fast car with an...

Arcade (1983)

Black Widow is an arcade game where you control the titular spider trying to protect its web. You move the...

Blackwyche Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

This is the third of Ultimate Play the Game's Sir Arthur Pendragon series of games. You find yourself on a...

DOS (1995)

Black Zone takes place in an eerie, derelict city - once it was a thriving town, but all went awry...

Windows (2003)

Blade is a 3D duel swordfighting game. The player can choose three characters: Kurogane, Kyouji and Sirou (and one boss...

Blade PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Buffy, move out of the way. Activision brings the original vampire hunter with an attitude to the PlayStation. Based on...

Blade Eagle 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Blade Eagle 3-D is a vertical shoot-em-up which has no story involved. You just have to shoot your way on...

3DO (1995)

In the year 2110, in the city of Meggagrid, once known as Los Angeles, you meet Dr. Grubert, a very...

Blade II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox (2002)

In an adaptation of the "Blade II" movie, you take on the role of the daywalker Blade in his quest...

Blade Kitten Windows Front Cover

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

Kit Ballard is one of the top Breakers -- intergalactic bounty hunters, basically -- but she's also a cute, sassy,...

Blade of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Long time ago, the Lord created Light and Chaos. He gave them souls, and thus two gods were born, the...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Based on the movie of the same name. You have been assigned by the police force to track down and...

Blades of Fury iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and bada (2010)

Blades of Fury is a 3D fighting game with touch screen controls.The game comes with 10 different characters to play...

Blades of Steel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Game Boy (1991), Amiga (1990), NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1990), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1987)

Based on the arcade game, Blades Of Steel is a hockey arcade action game (gameplay doesn't require the need to...

Blades of Thunder II Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In the near future, an unknown military force has appeared in South America. This force starts getting ready for a...

Blades of Time Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Blades of Time is the spiritual sequel to X-Blades by the same developer. It again follows the story of Ayumi...

Blades of Time: Dismal Swamp Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Dismal Swamp is an expansion for Blades of Time and exclusive to the PC and Macintosh versions. It introduces a...

Blades of Vengeance Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Blades of Vengeance is a platform game incorporating light RPG elements and character styling, reminiscent of Gods by The Bitmap...

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War has players take control of a mercenary for hire during the legendary English / French...

Blade & Sword Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In BC 1044, Emperor Jo sets fire to himself when invaders destroy his country. Emperor Jo's grand wizard Wen creates...

Blade: The Edge of Darkness (Edicion Especial) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is a Special Edition of Blade: The Edge of Darkness (called Blade of Darkness in USA) that includes: The...

BREW (2004) and J2ME (2004)

In this Marvel-licensed game you are Blade: half human, half vampire, and a feared vampire hunter. You need to track...

Blade Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The world has been enslaved by Murk, and you've got to free it by collecting the seven fragments of a...

Blagger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984), Electron (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In this game, players control Rodger the Dodger (aka: Blagger), a burglar whose task is to collect a series of...

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