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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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Windows (2003)

In this game, the player controls a young man named Rudy, who was was raised in the beautiful countryside of...

BraveStarr Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

The planet of New Texas is similar to the Wild West-era Texas - mystic Indians, bar-room brawlers and sharp-shooting mercenaries....

Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Brave is a young native American boy who lives in the forest. As he wants to become a warrior, the...

PlayStation (1997)

In this air racing game, players race planes in an attempt to be first at the finish line. First they...

Bravoman Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2007)

The evil Dr. Bomb has taken over Nitta village and only you, an ordinary salary man, can stop his evil...

BRAVOMAN: Binja Bash! Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

BRAVOMAN: Binja Bash is a side-scrolling, auto-running platform game where the player takes control of a bionic tokusatsu hero named...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

This game is a Christmas-themed special edition release of Bravo Music (known in the US as Mad Maestro!), featuring special...

Brawl Brothers SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Wii (2011) and Wii U (2013)

The Brawl Brothers are two guys, not actually brothers, named Rick and Doug (or, Hack and Slash, respectively) who run...

Brawl Busters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Brawl Busters is a class-based, free-to-play online action combat game. It features various cooperative and competitive modes for players to...

Brawlin' Sailor Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Brawlin' Sailor is a short beat 'em up game which tells a humorous story about dreams and reality. The player...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As a Life Corps volunteer, you have been sent to the planet Prolon, following a distress call from the team...

Breach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Breach is an action-shooter based heavily on real CIA tactics. Aside from this authenticity, its primary feature is destruction. Breach...

The Breach Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

As soon as the Hermes, a prototype dimension-crossing starship arrived at its destination's orbit, the mining colony of G-54, it...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Break is a Breakout variant. The player controls a paddle at the bottom of the screen and must try to...

Browser (2000)

Break Ball is a 3D take on the arcade game, Breakout. It tasks the player with clearing all the blocks...

Breakdown Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

A vast underground complex was discovered in Japan. Unexpectedly, an entire race of creatures, known as the T'lan, was found...

Break 'em All Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

This Breakout clone for the Nintendo DS offers touch screen controls for directing your bat. As well as a traditional...

Neo Geo (1996), Neo Geo CD (1997) and Arcade (1996)

In Breakers, choose one of eight fighters who have their own moves and special attacks. There are eight stages in...

DOS (1995)

What do you get when you combine a Paddle game like Arkanoid and a 3D Shooter game like Doom? You...

Break In MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

As the title implies, this is a game about breaking into banks, as well as a Break-Out clone.Each level is...

DOS (1994) and Macintosh (1993)

Breakline is a Breakout variant. You have a paddle which bounces a ball up and down to break blocks on...

DOS (1995)

Break Machine is a break-out game in 320*400 MODEX Vga. In another dimension the world Brickania exists. The main component...

Breakout Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000) and Macintosh (2001)

In this updated version of Breakout, players take the role of "Bouncer", whose main objective is to rescue both his...

Breakout Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1978), MSX (1983) and Arcade (1976)

In Breakout, there is a wall of bricks along the top of the screen and your goal is to destroy...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Breakout is a recreation of the original arcade game. In the game the player moves the paddle at the bottom...

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