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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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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...

Boxhead: More Rooms Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Zombies are infiltrating the area, and your only objective is to kill as many of them as you can. The...

Boxhead: The Rooms Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Boxhead: The Rooms is a Flash-based game where the player takes control of Jon Bambo, a box-shaped Rambo-like character taking...

Boxhead: The Zombie Wars Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Boxhead: The Zombie Wars is the 5th installment in the Boxhead series of Flash games. Once again the player takes...

Boxing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and PS Vita (2012)

The aptly-title Boxing is a relatively simple budget boxing game. The game offers an arcade-style boxing experience with ten colorful...

DOS (1992)

Box Ranger is a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up and a parody of Soft Action's own Fox Ranger. The player controls a...

DOS (1989)

In this game, the player and several opponents leave trails as they move around an empty black field. Crashing into...

Bozo's Night Out Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, you have to try to get Bozo home safely with as many pints as he can drink....

BRAHMA Force: The Assault on Beltlogger 9 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

A mech-based FPS; pilot your Bipedal Robotic Assault Heavy Mechanized Armor (built by Bronx Industries, of course) through the Beltlogger...

Braid Windows Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Braid is a puzzle game disguised as a 2D platformer. The player controls Tim during his search for a princess...

Brain Age²: More Training in Minutes a Day! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The sequel to Brain Age (known as Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training - How Old Is Your Brain in Europe), this...

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Does your brain feel a little out of shape? Brain Age is what you need to shape up your mental...

Sharp X1 (1985)

The protagonist of the game was sent on the spaceship Zeppelin to a supposedly deserted planet. However, upon entering its...

Brain Challenge J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006), iPod Classic (2007) and Nintendo DSi (2009)

Gameloft developed its own game to keep your intellectual muscles in shape, in the wake of the successful Nintendo Brain...

Brain Curve iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Brain Curve consists of different mini-games that evaluate and train the player's brain skills. The skills include pattern recognition, shape...

Brain Dead 13 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996), Jaguar (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), 3DO (1996), CD-i (1997), Macintosh (1996) and iPhone (2010)

In Brain Dead 13, the player takes on the role of a young computer expert who one day is called...

Brain Lord SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

In Brain Lord, you play a young traveler and warrior who is searching for his long lost father. Long ago,...

Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity takes the player on a trip through ten hypnotic stages where the steering is done...

Windows (2006)

Brain Power is a brain training game for the PC. It includes various challenges that train your brain. Categories include...

Brain Spa Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Brain Spa is designed to increase your brainpower, by training it in 4 key areas: memory, perception, logic, and language....

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Brainstorm is a game where the aim is to get a high enough score on a screen that beats the...

Brain Voyage Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Brain Voyage features the famous German board game designer Dr. Reiner Knizia. He guides the player on a world tour...

Windows 3.x (1997)

Brainwave is a single player shareware game that is a sort of cross between Space Invaders and Galaxian.Though it looks...

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