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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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Blueberry Garden Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2014)

Blueberry Garden is a game about survival set in a hand-drawn world with a vibrant ecosystem. Players control a bird-like...

Blue Breaker Burst: Egao no Asu ni PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Egao no Asu ni is the third and final title in the Blue Breaker series, and is a direct sequel...

PlayStation (1998)

The Dark Lord has been sealed away, but peace has not yet come to this world. A young woman named...

Blue Defense! iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Blue Defense! is a classic shooter game. You are the defender of the blue planet have to destroy the incoming...

Nintendo DS (2010)

Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow takes place one year after its predecessor Blue Dragon Plus. The protagonist (gender and appearance is...

The Blue Flamingo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

The Blue Flamingo is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up. The player controls an aircraft called The Blue Flamingo and participates...

Blue Lightning Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

The insanely evil General Drako is spreading his own special blend of spite and chaos around the globe. You are...

Blue Lightning Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1989)

Blue Lightning, a launch title for the Lynx, is an arcade flight game heavily based on After Burner. The player...

Blue Max Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The storyline is based on a fictional pilot, Max Chatsworth, being (in-game) one of Britain's Flying Aces. Chatsworth's fame began...

Blue Max 2001 Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

In this sequel to Synapse's Blue Max, it is the year 2001 and you are flying a flying saucer. You're...

VIC-20 (1981)

In Blue Meanies From Outer Space the player is in charge of defending a starbase that is being attacked by...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Blue Moon is a single screen side view shooter where you are the pilot of an Intergalactic Spacecraft and your...

Blueprint Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Your girlfriend Daisy is in trouble! Ollie Org is chasing her across the top of the screen, and you need...

Blues Brothers 2000 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

This platformer with a Blues Brothers theme loosely follows the plot of the film. You have to escape the prison...

The Blues Brothers: Jukebox Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Game Boy (1994) and SNES (1993)

Jukebox Adventure is the sequel to The Blues Brothers. Once again, the player has to choose a favourite Blues Brother...

The Blues Brothers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1992), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

The Blues Brothers are on the run from the law. Take control of either bulky Jake or nippy Elwood in...

Blue's Clues: Blue's Big Musical PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

This game is heavily inspired by the movie of the same name. A big music show is being held by...

Blue's Journey Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1991)

The planet of Raguy was once beautiful and peaceful, but all hell broke loose when it was invaded by the...

Windows (2002)

Hacking is not a simple thing to do. Yet, you will have to do just that if you want to...

Blue Star VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (2008)

Blue Star is a game for the unexpanded VIC-20 in a similar vein to other open-ended platform games like Metroid,...

Blue Stinger Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

In the year 2000, a massive earthquake hits the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico, sending shockwaves throughout the area. A...

Blue Thunder Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Blue Thunder is a side-scrolling shooter and tie-in with the short-lived TV series of the same name which has you...

Windows (2006)

Blumenmacht is colourful non-violent shoot-em-up with ballerinas, entirely controlled with the mouse. Gameplay consist of different ballerinas in a pogo...

DOS (1997)

Bluppo is a 1-2 player arcade game in which you have to collect fish.The story is that Bluppo loves to...

Blush Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Blush, the player controls a squid in a lush, underwater environment, with an atmosphere reminiscent of Aquaria and flOw....

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