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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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Captain Skyhawk NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Aliens are draining the energy from the Earth and plan to totally destroy it when they're through. Only Captain Skyhawk...

Captain 'S': The Remake Linux Front Cover

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

Captain 'S': The Remake is a freeware, open-source update to the classic platform game from Spain. As in the original,...

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2014)

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a puzzle game featuring Captain Toad of Super Mario Galaxy's Toad Brigade. On his treasure-seeking...

Arcade (1999)

Captain Tomaday is a 2D vertical scrolling "cute'em up". Main hero is Captain Tomaday - a mutant cherry tomato with...

Captain Zapp Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

From the famous comic strip comes this multi-load action game. Flash has 3 distinct tasks to face, travelling through a...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Based on the arcade game Check Man, you play the role of Capt'n Kidd as you attempt to defuse bombs...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In Captron you are a hunter for werewolves. From level to level you compose four nets from four parts each,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Capture! is a action puzzle game in which the player is chased by wild beasts and must try to trap...

Commodore 64 (1986)

After your exploits in Soldier One, you now find yourself waking up in an unknown large building unaware how you...

Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Capture the Flag is a 3D maze game where one player has to capture the flag, while the other tries...

SNES (1995)

This compilation includes the following three games:Star Force Star Soldier Starship Hector Years later, this same set of games was...

Windows (2001)

In Carax '95 the player takes control over a space ship and shoots at aliens. The goal of every level...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Car Battler Joe is a car battling game. The game involves using cars to fight opponents in action-styled battles, with...

Amiga (1991)

A horizontal shoot-em-up in the vein of Silkworm; you fly a plane (a 'White Shark' no less) across various terrains...

VIC-20 (1981)

Car Chase is a clone of the arcade game Head-On. It's a racing game played from a top down perspective...

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clow Card Magic PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Based on the popular anime/manga series from acclaimed manga artist group CLAMP. As Sakura Kinomoto or Shaoran Li, you must...

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...

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