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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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Centipede: Infestation Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Centipede: Infestation is, like Space Invaders Extreme or Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX, a modern "re-imagining" of a classic video game...

Centipede & Millipede Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

This is a compilation of the arcade versions of Centipede and its sequel, Millipede. Each game has also an "evolved"...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Centropods is a single screen shooter viewed from the side inspired by the arcade game Centipede where you control a...

Centurion: Defender of Rome DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1993)

Starting as a young Roman legionnaire in 275BC, your job is to conquer the known world through force or diplomacy,...

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

The Centurions are Ace McCloud, Jake Rockwell and Max Ray. They must battle the forces of Doc Terror to stop...

Arcade (1985)

The player controls a planetary salvage ship high above a planet. He/she must capture as many pods as possible before...

Cereus Peashy Browser Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Browser (2007)

A side-scrolling platformer set in The Badlands universe, it stars Cereus as the protagonist. He is a Peachy and when...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

When Rogorf, leader of the Phibiatrons, needs more iron ore, he sets out to capture the human colony Cerius and...

DOS (1993)

Worms (Červi in Czech) is a game for 2-6 players at hot-seat, were all the players control their worms on...

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Jacques needs to gather ten, twenty, and fifty dollar bills scattered around the streets of New York before time runs...

Chack'n Pop NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1984), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984), Arcade (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Chack'n Pop is considered a predecessor of Bubble Bobble. It is a platform game where a roundish yellow creature, named...

Windows (2007)

You are a bird. A chaffinch called Chaffy, to be exact. Life was good until your best friend Bluey the...

DOS (1990)

Chagunitzu is the predecessor of Paganitzu, and contains similar gameplay. The game is a top down puzzle game, where the...

ChainDive PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

ChainDive is a 3D side-scrolling action game, similar to Namco's Klonoa. The player controls Shark, a mysterious man clad in...

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

The Anti-Nuclear Party are up to their old tricks again. They have decided to infiltrate a nuclear power station and...

Atari ST (1991)

Chain Reaction is a Columns clone for one or two players. Blocks falls down from the top of the screen...

DOS (1996)

Chain Reaction is a one or two-player shareware "falling block" and tile-matching puzzle game. Blocks comprising bricks of different types...

Chains Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2010)

Chains is a puzzle game where the player has to solve different challenges by linking adjacent bubbles of the same...

Chainsaw the Children Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

Chainsaw the Children features the muscular hockey mask dad from Dad 'n Me with hand drawn graphics from artist Dan...

Chakan Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1992)

Chakan is a fairly standard platform game in which you control a dead guy (Chakan has lost his soul) through...

PC-98 (1993)

Chakra consists of four mini-games:Chakra de Chuck Norris: a timed quiz. The player can choose a theme (anime, magazines, or...

Chalk Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Chalk is a freeware game where the player guides a nameless character through 6 side-scrolling levels. The character itself can...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are trying to become a Spectra-Warrior. To do this, you must fly through the levels of warp zones, destroying...

NES (1990)

In the land of Lorin, Lady Ninita has been kidnapped by the evil necromancer Demiwind. Sir Burkelot has to fight...

Challenge of the Gobots Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Challenge of the Gobots is a Defender variant based on the TV cartoon series of the same name (which is...

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