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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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Atari ST (1988)

Bounce Out is a Pac-Man clone with an isometric perspective. At the beginning of the game you have three lives...

Bouncers SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Arcade basketball game where YOU are the ball. You can't jump high enough on your own to go through the...

The Bouncer PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

You play one of three bouncers of the bar Fate; Sion, Kou. Dominique, a young girl, bar mascot and friend...

Bounces ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Bounces is a futuristic sports game. Two players (one of which can be computer-controlled), compete against each other in order...

Browser (2008)

Bouncians have invaded from deep space and enveloped Earth with their own bounce barrier, a wall that can deflect anything....

J2ME (2008)

One day in Sky Bean Land, a little ball named Bounce notices that the colors around him seem to be...

DOS (1990)

Move over, Pong, there's a new paddle game in town... and it boasts a whole other dimension! While the basic...

Windows (2003)

BounciBall is a Breakout game. So you have a paddle, a ball and a level full of bricks. Your job...

DOS (1984)

A building is on fire and you have to rescue babies jumping (jumping?) from the building. A two man fire...

ZX81 (1985)

Bouncing Bert is a platformer played from a traditional side view perspective although with unusually large sprites. Therefore only a...

Windows (1998)

In this platform game, you must get from the upper left to the door in the bottom left while avoiding...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Bouncing Heads is a top down view maze game where the screen scrolls when you move and the aim is...

Bound by Flame Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Bound by Flame is an action RPG set in a fantasy universe. The player controls the mercenary Vulcan who protects...

Bounder Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

In Bounder, the player controls a tennis ball that constantly bounces on the screen. The player has to move the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Bounder and Planet Search is a collection of two games that only appeared on compilations for the Commodore 16 and...

Boundish Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Boundish is a series of five different two player games, mostly based around the very first video game ever made,...

Bounty Bob Strikes Back! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 5200 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Bounty Bob Strikes Back! is the sequel to Miner 2049er and features similar gameplay. As Bounty Bob, your goal is...

Bounty Hounds PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Play as Maximilian, a mercenary belonging to the BH-31 squad also known as Bounty Hounds. Bounty Hounds consists of ex-convicts...

Atari ST (1990)

Bounty Hunter is an adventure game taking place in the wild west 1847 and you play the role of a...

Bounty Killers Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Bounty Killers is an action game set in the Wild West. The player can choose between three characters (Deronimo, Southwood...

Bounty Monkey Android Front Cover

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

Bounty Monkey is an endless runner, a genre where the controllable character automatically runs through the level and the player...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Bounzy represents a duel between a human (player) and reptiles (computer) set in the multi-staged spiral building shown in plane....

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

You control the character of a boxer. Your task is to run around a gymnasium (not a boxing ring) competing...

DOS (1982)

Boxer Rebellion is a puzzle game with a bit of action. The game is played on a board with several...

Boxhead: A Halloween Special Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Boxhead: A Halloween Special is the first game in the series. The town of Boxville is overrun with zombies. You...

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