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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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Commodore 64 (1988)

Based on the Italian comics character Dylan Dog, London "nightmare detective", Il Castello delle Illusioni (The Castle of Illusions) is...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In the year 300X, the evil Maruhage Empire has taken over the world, and Emperor Tsuru-tsurina IV wants only one...

DOS (1997)

Being a watered-down funnyman can make you some enemies in the programming community. Here, some QBasic hackers have whipped up...

Bob's Bad Day Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

The reason why Bob's having a bad day is that his head has become detached from his body, and they've...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Ever wanted to go to the Winter Olympics? If you've always wanted to operate a bobsleigh team and even participate...

Bob the Builder: Can We Fix It? Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

A game inspired by the children's television program. Players help Bob the Builder and friends complete various activities. Players can...

DOS (1995)

Essentially a limited Robotron clone (firing only in the direction of forward movement), Bob vs. the Mob sees your protagonist,...

DOS (1986), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), Amstrad CPC (1986), Thomson TO (1987), Amstrad PCW (1986) and Thomson MO (1987)

Bob Winner is searching for a lost civilisation somewhere in the desert, and has to gain three keys to access...

DOS (1989)

Yet another text-mode variation on Tetris, where falling blocks have to be arranged and rotated to form solid rows, eliminate...

BREW (2006) and J2ME (2006)

Bode Miller Alpine Racing brings an Olympic-style skiing competition to your mobile phone. From the main menu, you choose the...

The Bod Squad Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992)

Bod the Alien's children have been kidnapped and taken to three different time periods on Earth. Egyptian pyramid, medieval castle...

Body Blows DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

Around the time of the Amiga version of Street Fighter 2, Amiga specialists Team 17 came up with a similar...

Body Blows Galactic Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

In the follow-up to Body Blows, Dan and Junior (two characters from the original, based around programmers Danny Burke and...

Bodycount Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Bodycount is a first person shooter set in a wartorn future in Africa and Asia. Equipped with a arsenal of...

Body Count Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Body Count has a simple story: aliens have invaded the Earth, and a lone soldier who is particularly skilled at...

Windows (1999)

Body Glove's Bluewater Hunter is a game based on the sports of spear fishing and it is endorsed by the...

Body Harvest Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

The year is 2016. Humanity has been reduced to a few survivors inhabiting the orbital space station Omega. Over the...

Body Ladder Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

In Body Ladder, the player takes control of a 3-D stick figure in a top hat who has only one...

Bodyworks Voyager: Missions in Anatomy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

The end of the 21st century is nearing; despite phenomenal gains in technology, humanity is still plagued by infectious diseases....

Bogey: Dead 6  PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

The player takes the role of an air pilot who is part of an elite first strike air unit. This...

MSX (1984)

Boggy '84 is one of those games of which countless numbers were made in the early eighties during the homecomputer...

The Bogus Guru Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2000)

The Bogus Guru is a collection of four mini-games designed by the Foltz brothers. The games are laid out across...

BOH Amiga Front Cover

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

BOH is a top-down shooter with retro graphics and sound, somewhat comparable to Alien Breed.As a member of the Resistance...

Boiling Point: Road to Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Saul Myers is a veteran of the French Foreign Legion living abroad in Paris. His daughter Lisa is a journalist...

Commodore 64 (1989)

You are Boris the Big Ball of Bollardia and you are attempting to escape from the Planet Phweeesh by bouncing...

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