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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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Amiga (1991)

A Defender style shoot 'em up with a succession of waves to fight off. The background graphics aren't very detailed,...

Cardinal Syn PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

For decades, the clans of Bloodland were locked in a never-ending war; then the Wanderer arrived with the Book of...

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Care Bears: Let's Have a Ball! is based on characters from a popular children's television show and feature films, originally...

MSX (1985)

This is a top view racing game. You have to drive several stages across the United States. In each stage...

Cargo Commander Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Cargo Commander is a played as a 2D platformer but with 3D cell shaded graphics. The player controls a Cargo...

Cargo! The Quest For Gravity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This is not the earth we knew. Gravity has abandoned it. People, buildings, even entire continents have simply drifted away....

Windows (2005)

Carribean Combo is an easy to learn puzzle game. The game is played in an 8x8 field and every grid...

Carious Weltling Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

This game is played on a single screen and stars a weltling as an unlikely protagonist; a dead baby bird...

Carious Weltling II Browser Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Browser (2005)

Carious Weltling II keeps the core gameplay of its predecessor with the main objective of control a weltling to make...

Windows (2009)

Car Jacker 2 is a 3D action game and the follow-up to CarJacker: Hotwired and Gone!. The protagonist is a...

CarJacker: Hotwired and Gone! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

CarJacker: Hotwired and Gone! largely draws inspiration from the Grand Theft Auto series but with simplified gameplay. The player commands...

Car Jack Streets PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), J2ME (2008), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009) and Nintendo DSi (2010)

In Car Jack Streets, player take the role of Randal Meyers. Randal has a big problem: he owes the Italian...

MSX (1983) and Arcade (1983)

Car Jamboree is a conversion of the arcade game with the same name. In this game, which can be played...

DOS (1990)

Carl Lewis' Go for the Gold is an action game allowing you to play as athlete training for the Olympic...

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994) and Atari ST (1994)

You are Carlos, a fat man wearing a black beard and bright coverall. You start your travels accompanied by a...

J2ME (2005)

Carmageddon is a mobile game based on the PC game with the same name. Like in the original series it...

Carmageddon Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Carmageddon on the Game Boy Color is, really, Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now but in a three-quarter, top-down perspective. It is,...

Carmageddon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999), Symbian (2005), Macintosh (1997), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Carmageddon is a violent car racing game where the racing element can be equally important as wrecking opponents' cars or...

Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

Carmageddon II is essentially more of the same. Whether this is a good or bad thing pretty much depends on...

Carmageddon 3: TDR 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The third title in the Carmageddon series.There are three modes of play: ‘Free Play’, which consists of 30 races across...

Windows (2001)

The Nosebleed Pack for Carmageddon 3 adds 10 new vehicles and 4 new environments to the game. Two environments (1920s...

Windows (1998)

Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now - Official Graphics Pack is an official bonus CD for Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now. It includes...

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

The Splat Pack is the official add-on for Carmageddon. It adds 20 new tracks, 15 new cars, 9 new environments,...

Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Cole Gannon, a rookie in the ACME detective agency finds a set of GPS coordinates on the agency's computer server,...

CarneyVale Showtime Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Slinky is a magically-animated puppet who dreams of becoming the greatest acrobat in the circus. The player, controlling both Slinky...

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