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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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A Day at Grandma's House Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A Day at Grandma's House is a compilation of four games for children designed to improve hand/eye coordination that include...

A Day At Work Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

A Day at Work is a top-down, small town simulator wherein the player takes control of Tom, a dutiful employee...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Bearded inventor Sir Clive Sinclair was so respected by users of his computer system that he even starred in this...

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt is a side-scrolling platformer based on the second animated TV series The Addams Family...

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1992)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt is a side-scrolling platformer based on the second animated TV series The Addams Family...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

Based on the Addams Family movie, this game is quite different from the other Addams Family variants. The player is...

The Addams Family Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

The Addams Family is a side-scrolling platformer based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

The Addams Family is a platformer based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role of...

The Addams Family NES Front Cover

NES (1992), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

The Addams Family is a side-scrolling platformer based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role...

The Addams Family SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Arcade (1992)

The Addams Family is a platform game based on the characters and settings from the movie (which, in turn, is...

Addams Family Values SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

The evil Debbie Jelinksi is harming the Addams family once again... She has kidnapped Baby Pubert, and Uncle Fester is...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Adder Attack is a simple arcade game. The player must collect golden nuggets and avoid deadly snakes. The dangerous lethal...

Addicta Ball Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and MSX (1987)

Addicta Ball is a Breakout clone with a twist. Players control a paddle to break down a wall of different...

NES (1986)

Adian no Tsue features two educational math games.The first game involves controlling a sorcerer named Lucian who is armed with...

Adiboo & Paziral's Secret PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Adiboo & Paziral's Secret is a 3D action adventure game with 12 levels. Players will take control of Adiboo and...

Adibou et les saisons magiques Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Adibou et les saisons magiques (Adibou and the magical seasons) is a party game for kids. Adibou invites players to...

A Dinosaur's Tale Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Play as characters from the Spielberg animated movie We're Back, based entirely on the preview trailer. Run and jump through...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

ADK Tamashii is a compilation of five classic NeoGeo games (four of which have never been available on other platforms)...

Windows (2008)

Ad Nauseam 2 (Latin for to a sickening degree 2) is a fast-paced shooter played on a single screen. The...

a dog for all seasons Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

The time of year is no obstacle for a dog. Spring, summer, fall or winter, a dog is more than...

Adrenaline Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adrenaline is a side scrolling platformer that gives the player control of a stickman who must traverse a colourful world...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Adrenalynn is a futuristic, action-oriented sports game. Artificial Intelligence took over Earth and the winner of the "Adrenalynn" championship may...

Windows (1998)

Scott Griffon is a military pilot who has hunted rebels for years as part of an elite anti-insurrection squad. But...

Adrift Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adrift is a modern day pirate game that puts the player in the role of a nameless Somali pirate operating...

Advanced Battlegrounds: The Future of Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Advanced Battlegrounds: The Future of Combat is an expanded re-release of Chrome. It includes the following extra content: New single-player...

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