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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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Epoch Game Pocket Computer (1985)

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Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

BlockOn! is another experimental title from prolific indie developer Cactus, this time made in just 3 hours.This is a platform...

Blockout! / Breakdown! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1980)

Two variations of Breakout are available in this title. In Blockout!, the object is to blast through the blocks in...

PC-98 (1993)

Block Quest V is a Breakout clone with adult content. The player must keep the ball from falling out the...

DOS (1993)

Sets of blocks fall down a shaft and you should rotate them in the right way before they reach the...

Blocks That Matter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Blocks That Matter is a 2D puzzle game where the player controls a tiny Tetrobot. The robot was designed by...

Block Wars PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

One of the countless games based on the classic Breakout formula, Block Wars turns the game on its side --...

Blocmania 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Blocmania 3D is a Tetris variant that differs from Alex Pajitnov's original mainly in the graphical presentation. Except for the...

Windows (2007)

Bounce the ball off the paddle to break all the blocks on the screen. Catch power-ups that fall to aid...

Atari ST (1991)

Blokdrop is a one player Tetris clone. Block falls down from the top in formations of four at a time....

Blood DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Caleb was once a feared gunslinger, until he met a woman who was involved with a mysterious cult known as...

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1995)

A bunch of prisoners have escaped from a prison bus and you, as the Sheriff's deputy, must take them out....

Arcade (1990)

Blood Bros. is a wild west themed shooter, similar to Cabal. Up to two players control either a cowboy or...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

After their parents were killed and their village burnt to the ground on the planet Sylonia, Hark and Kren have...

Bloodforge Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Bloodforge is a 3rd-person fighting game set in a fantasy world inspired by Celtic mythology. The player takes the role...

Blood Gear TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and Wii (2008)

The Deguna Empire is terrorizing the planets and their inhabitants, using their unbeaten military force consisting of "Powered Gears", giant...

The Blood Group Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The Blood Group is a compilation of Blood II: The Chosen and the Blood II: The Chosen - The Nightmare...

Blood II: The Chosen Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Over a hundred years have passed since the events described in Blood. CABAL, the cult dedicated to the worship of...

Blood II: The Chosen - The Nightmare Levels Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

An add-on package for Blood 2 containing new levels, weapons, creatures, and multi-player zombie head soccer.

Windows (2001)

Blood & Lace is a single-player action game with some puzzle-solving. The story, thus the game, is divided in 13...

Bloodline Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

You wake up on an operating table with a blinding headache and no knowledge of who you are or how...

Bloodline Champions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Bloodline Champions is an arena based player vs. player game where players compete in teams consisting of up to five...

Blood Lines PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Set in the future, competitive sport is outlawed and becomes the pursuit of an underground network of the world's greatest...

Blood Money DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1990)

The speech in the introductory sequence probably sums things up best - "the biggest unanswered question is 'where is the...

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The nobleman Kain has been slain by a group of bandits and in his death, he is revived by the...

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