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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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iPhone (2012)

Zombocalypse has come, and as one of the last survivors, the president of the USA, the player must try to...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Acrobat II is a variant of Circus/Clowns that is very similar to the Commodore 64 and VIC 20 versions. In...

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1991)

Years ago humanity abandoned the over-polluted Earth to make a new home on Mars. Now, without warning, a mechanical moon...

Across Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Across you have a playfield which is divided into a red side, a blue side and a movable wall...

Windows (2001)

The kingdom "Acter World" is being attacked by wizards and monsters. Playing Princess Lina, you have to defend the royal...

Arcade (1989)

In Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper Weapon, the player takes the role of a cyborg who has to kill a lot of...

Action 52 NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Action 52 features 52 different games in a single cartridge. The games are selected from one of three menus and...

Action 52 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Action 52 features 52 different games in a single cartridge. Some of them are the same as those included with...

Windows (2002)

Action Arcade 5-Pak bundles five Webfoot Technologies games in a single package:3D Alien Invasion3D Brick Busters3D Caveman Rocks3D Dragon Castle3D...

Action Arcade Wrestling Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Action Arcade Wrestling is as the title suggests a arcade style wrestling game that allows the player to customize his...

Action Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Action Ball is a variant of the classic Breakout game with a few distinctive features. There are 3 types of...

Action Bass PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Action Bass is an arcade-type fishing game that emphasizes the action of trying to catch a big fish, and the...

Action Biker Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Action Biker was commercially tied-in with the KP Skips potato snack range, and features its Clumsy Colin mascot prominently. The...

Windows (2006)

The Action Box 2 compilation includes: Counter Terrorist Special Forces: Fire for Effect Painkiller Rapid Gunner

Amiga (1995)

In Action Cat, the player takes the role of a humanoid cat which has to destroy a toothpaste factory. It...

Windows (2006)

Action Cyborg is a short (the game was released with only three levels) 2D platform/action game that takes the player...

Action Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1986), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1986)

This is a top down vertically scrolling shooter, in which you start off as a motorbike. You are quite vulnerable...

Action Fist Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Action Fist is a side-scrolling, 2D platform game with a graphical style reminiscent of titles from the late eighties, early...

Action Force Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

The task in Action Force II: International Heroes is to rescue each of the citizens who have been taken hostage...

Action Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of 11 action games, all shareware versions. Most of them are known from Apogee and Epic MegaGames: 01.:...

Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog Zeebo Front Cover

BREW (2006) and Zeebo (2009)

Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog is a beat'em up, a sequel to Super Action Hero. The player controls Wolf, the...

Windows (2002)

Action Man once again tries to foil Dr. X from conquering the world in this game based on the animated...

Windows (2000)

In this kids game based on the 3D animated television series, you play as the heroic Action Man out to...

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2000)

Action Man, hero of the TV animated series, is out to stop Dr. X's latest plan for world conquest. He'll...

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