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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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Bloody Wolf Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1988)

Snake and Eagle, two commandos of the Bloody Wolf special forces, receive instructions from their commander to destroy the enemy's...

Windows (2007)

Taking its cue from a notorious scene courtesy of director Peter Jackson's zombie splatterfest Dead Alive, this game puts the...

Windows (2003)

It is a little known fact that a quarter of humans on earth do not have souls. When a person...

Bloons PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2009), BREW (2010), J2ME (2010), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2010), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010) and BlackBerry (2010)

In Bloons, the player assumes the role of a monkey sitting on a platform in the clouds attempting to pop...

Windows (2007)

Blow Everything Up NET 2007 is a dynamic freeware top-down multiplayer shooter with 3 game modes: DeathMatch, Team DeathMatch and...

Blowout Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2004), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Blowout is a game that takes a classic gameplay concept and updates it with modern graphics and sounds. This game...

DOS (1987) and MSX (1987)

In Blow Up! the player takes on the role of Joe Kowalski who must navigate his way to the exit...

Bloxter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Bloxter's basic game concept is similar to Columns. Here you play inside a reactor. Your mission is to combine a...

Blue Attack! iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Blue Attack is the sequel to Blue Defense by the same author. You control a starfighter launched from the blue...

Commodore 64 (1992)

You are the Blue Baron and you have been tasked to complete 12 missions by bombing selected targets to help...

Blueberry Garden Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2014)

Blueberry Garden is a game about survival set in a hand-drawn world with a vibrant ecosystem. Players control a bird-like...

Blue Breaker Burst: Egao no Asu ni PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Egao no Asu ni is the third and final title in the Blue Breaker series, and is a direct sequel...

PlayStation (1998)

The Dark Lord has been sealed away, but peace has not yet come to this world. A young woman named...

Blue Defense! iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Blue Defense! is a classic shooter game. You are the defender of the blue planet have to destroy the incoming...

Blue Lightning Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

The insanely evil General Drako is spreading his own special blend of spite and chaos around the globe. You are...

Blue Lightning Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1989)

Blue Lightning, a launch title for the Lynx, is an arcade flight game heavily based on After Burner. The player...

Blue Max Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The storyline is based on a fictional pilot, Max Chatsworth, being (in-game) one of Britain's Flying Aces. Chatsworth's fame began...

Blue Max 2001 Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

In this sequel to Synapse's Blue Max, it is the year 2001 and you are flying a flying saucer. You're...

VIC-20 (1981)

In Blue Meanies From Outer Space the player is in charge of defending a starbase that is being attacked by...

Blueprint Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Your girlfriend Daisy is in trouble! Ollie Org is chasing her across the top of the screen, and you need...

Blues Brothers 2000 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

This platformer with a Blues Brothers theme loosely follows the plot of the film. You have to escape the prison...

The Blues Brothers: Jukebox Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Game Boy (1994) and SNES (1993)

Jukebox Adventure is the sequel to The Blues Brothers. Once again, the player has to choose a favourite Blues Brother...

The Blues Brothers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1992), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

The Blues Brothers are on the run from the law. Take control of either bulky Jake or nippy Elwood in...

Blue's Clues: Blue's Big Musical PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

This game is heavily inspired by the movie of the same name. A big music show is being held by...

Blue's Journey Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1991)

The planet of Raguy was once beautiful and peaceful, but all hell broke loose when it was invaded by the...

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