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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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Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), Xbox (2006), Xbox 360 (2006), PlayStation 3 (2006) and Wii (2007)

Blazing Angels is an air combat arcade game putting the player at the command of a fighter squadron in the...

Blazing Birds Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Blazing Birds was one of the 2007 Dream-Build-Play contest winners and it pits robots from different countries against each other...

Blazing Lazers TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

Blazing Lazers is a top-down shooter featuring 9 levels of varied and fast-paced action. The story here is the usual...

Blazing Star iPad Front Cover

Neo Geo (1998), Wii (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Arcade (1998)

The unofficial sequel to Pulstar, Blazing Star is again a horizontal-scrolling shoot-'em-up. One or two players proceed along levels, each...

Blazing Thunder Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The main character in this old fashioned no frills shoot 'em up is a Rambo doppelganger, which the developers may...

Blazing Wings Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Blazing Wings is a freeware remake of Wings of Death, developed with Game Maker and using the games' original graphics...

Bleach: Shattered Blade Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Bleach: Shattered Blade is a game based on Japanese anime characters that have appeared in both films and TV series....

Bleach: The Blade of Fate Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Bleach: The Blade of Fate is a 2D fighting game. It is an English localization of the Japanese release Bleach...

Bleed Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Wryn is a girl with purple hair and a big dream: she wants to be the ultimate videogame heroine. She...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Humans and Animalmen co-exist in the world, living and working together. However, as Animalmen now outnumber humans, an anti-human group...

Blind Alley ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Blind Alley depicts a sport set nearly a millennium from now, in which you are in control of a spacecraft...

Blind Panic ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

A planet has been condemned, and you are an engineer dismantling its mining facilities. It turns out that this decision...

DOS (1996), Amiga (1990) and Browser (1998)

This game, as with the later Shades of Doom allows the player to navigate and fight a path through an...

DOS (1994)

Blinky the purple dinosaur returns to action, as the evil Shnookwad -- thwarted but not defeated by their previous encounter...

Blinkys Scary School Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

The first of Blinky the ghost's three outings, the ghost with the most has to progress through a series of...

Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space is a race up against the Tom Tom Gang for the pieces of...

Blinx the Time Sweeper Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Take on the role of Blinx; a cool cat who works at the Time Factory. When the outlaw Tom-Tom gang...

Blip Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In Blip you are controlling a blue ball with your keyboard. Your goal is to collect all of the hearts...

Windows (2002)

Pac-Man is a ball with a mouth; Blip and Blop are balls with arms -- conventional arms of several varieties,...

Bliss Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PSP (2006) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Bliss Island is an action-puzzler where you play a character called Hoshi (a Zwooph), who using blasts of air from...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Blitz 64 is a one-key arcade game, similar to Air Attack.You are the pilot of a light bomber aircraft. You...

Amiga (1998)

In the late nineties, when the devil and his aunt was making a Dynablaster clone, you had to make it...

Blitz Brigade Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Windows Phone (2014) and Windows Apps (2014)

Blitz Brigade is a multiplayer class based first person shooter, similar to Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield Heroes. The game...

Windows 3.x (1991)

Aliens have taken over the Earth, and the only way to stop them is to rescue the six scientists who...

Blitz: The League II Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Blitz: The League II is the sequel to Blitz: The League where once again the player steps into a fantasy...

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