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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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Absolute Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Absolute Pinball is a pinball game which features four tables with different themes: Desert Run (car tour from Paris to...

Absolute Terror Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Absolute Terror is a single player space shooter.Earth's colonies are revolting. What is worse, their forces are winning because they've...

Absolute Zero DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

In the 24th century, on the frozen Jovian moon of Europa, earth has established a colony to extract water from...

Browser (1998)

Having no connection whatsoever with the identically-titled game by Domark, this Absolute Zero is a shoot 'em up in which...

Absorb Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

The gameplay of Absorb revolves around a blob that has to change colour in order to destroy enemies and absorb...

Abstacked Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Abstacked is a Tetris variant where the player needs to clear stars. Pieces drop down in pairs, can be rotated,...

Abstracta Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Abstracta is a flash-based, semi-abstract, meditative shooter. The gameplay consists in controlling a blue blob with the mouse, collecting and...

Abuse DOS Front Cover

Linux (1995), DOS (1995), Amiga (1998), Macintosh (1996), iPhone (2009) and Acorn 32-bit (1998)

It is the unimaginably distant year 2009. You are Nick Vrenna, falsely locked inside a high security prison. The genetic...

Abu Simbel Profanation ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The protagonist, Johny Jones, have been mutated by the curse of Abu Simbel, becoming a strange creature that only conserves...

Abu Simbel Profanation Deluxe Browser Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006), Dreamcast (2008), Macintosh (2006), Browser (2005) and GP2X (2006)

This open-source, freeware remake of the Spanish platform game from 1985 replaces the graphics and sounds with new enhanced assets,...

Abyss Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1987)

In this parallax side-scrolling arcade-puzzler you're in control of a little ball, that explores various mazes in search of the...

Windows (2013)

Abyss is a shooter taking place in the ocean where the player has to battle wave after wave of mechanical...

The Abyss: Incident at Europa Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Abyss: Incident at Europa is a science fiction game which builds upon events that took place in James Cameron's...

Abyss of Pandemonium DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

An unofficial add-on for Quake (like Shrak for Quake), Abyss of Pandemonium cheekily positions itself as the next part of...

AC-130: Operation Devastation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

AC-130: Operation Devastation is a first person shooting game where the player is the gunner of a Lockheed AC-130 gunship....

Academy Trivia Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Academy Trivia is a trivia game with more than 4,000 questions that cover eight subjects. It also has a more...

Accele Brid SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

This is a very basic, linear "shoot'em'up" game in which the robot of your choice, rigged with a variety of...

Acceleration of SUGURI X Edition PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Far in the future, an Earth destroyed by war is abandoned by humanity. In order to revive the planet a...

CD-i (1997)

Accelerator is a 2D top down action racing game. The cars in the game feature weapons so while racing the...

Browser (2006)

Inspired by a media hoax imagining what other instruments might tap into the successful niche of Guitar Hero, some web...

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This is a special limited edition of AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack which includes the game along with...

AC/DC Live: Rock Band - Track Pack Xbox 360 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

This is a track pack for the Rock Band games and in the United States it was only available at...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

After defeating the enemy in ACE and ACE 2, it's now to time to travel into the future and into...

Aceball Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Aceball is a pong variant that puts the player in control of a paddle on one side of the screen,...

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The continent of Usea was struck by an asteroid, causing the death of half a million people. The neighboring Erusea...

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