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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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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...

Atari 2600 (1983)

This is a game rather reminiscent of Q*bert.In this game, you are a bubble named, with great originality, Bubble. The...

SAM Coupé (1992)

Boing! is a platformer similar to the Dizzy series. The player takes control of Boing, a green blob whose time...

Boing II Atari 8-bit Front Cover Sleeve Front + Media

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Boing II is a side scrolling shooter. The story begins when Bert is sent by a queen into exile for...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Bojo the Clown is performing at a circus, and must impress the audience by bouncing on a series of trampolines...

Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Django has been stripped of his valuable weapon of choice and now must rid the world of evil with more...

Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Following in his father's footsteps, you play Django the vampire hunter, who uses the power of the sun to defeat...

Bōkyaku no Senritsu Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Bōkyaku no Senritsu is an action-adventure game based on the anime with the same name. While the game was not...

Bolo Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1987)

Bolo is a "Breakout" clone with a twist. You have to destroy all the bricks on the screen using your...

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