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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 (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Ladiiiieeeees and gentlemeeeeennnnn! Children of all ages! The Greatest Show on Earth proudly presents... Circus Games!As a tiger trainer, you...

Circus Games Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Treat yourself to hours of circus fun without leaving the comfort of your home. With Circus Games you get to...

Circus Maximus: Chariot Wars Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox (2002)

Circus Maximus is a racing game that takes place in ancient Rome, and as such you'll be racing chariots around...

Cisco Heat: All American Police Car Race DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1990)

In this racing game, the players get to race in police cars instead of the usual racing cars driven by...

Amiga (1995)

A revolt on a distant prison island must be foiled by you in this first-person shoot ‘em up. Reaching the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Citadel is a comparatively slow-paced shooter that emphasizes planning and careful movement over fast reflexes.On a planet that was thought...

BBC Micro (1985) and Electron (1985)

An old deserted castle is being used as a base for a dictator known as Marduk. It is being used...

Citizen Abel: Gravity Bone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Citizen Abel: Gravity Bone is a total conversion of Quake II playable as a standalone game. It is a follow-up...

SEGA CD (2002)

In Citizen X the player takes the role of a secret agent recruited off the street and placed in direct...

NES (1987)

The twin brothers, Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi and their neighbor Minami Asakura get sucked into a alternate dimension while chasing...

City Centurian Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1988)

Your job is to patrol Earth's first moon colony. As you push through the thin artificial atmosphere, a spacecraft suddenly...

City Crisis PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

City Crisis is a helicopter rescue game. Your goal in this game is to move your chopper from accident to...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

City Defence is a variant of Missile Command. You have a laser turret on the ground, as the sole line...

City Defence Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987)

City Defence is an early Missile Command clone. Your job is to defend several cities against deadly rays (instructions) from...

City Fighter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

In City Fighter, a simple crosshair-shoot-em-up, you have to protect the city of London against an alien invasion. The alien...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

City Hunter is based on the eponymous manga by Tsukasa Hojo. The story focuses on Ryo Saeba, a young man...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this crosshair game you are attending the Shooting Range with City backgrounds. In first-person view you should move the...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

City of Death is a top-down RPG. The player controls a character named Swordbane. His objective is to find the...

City of Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

City of Heroes is the first Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) that lets you step into the pages of a...

City of Heroes (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

City of Heroes allows its players to become crime-fighting superheroes in the fictional city of Paragon. The game's design is...

City of Heroes: Going Rogue Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

City of Heroes: Going Rogue is the second commercial expansion for the MMO City of Heroes. It allows players to...

City of Heroes (Good Versus Evil Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Good vs. Evil Combined Edition includes both City of Heroes and City of Villains, including the expansion Issue 7: Destiny...

Macintosh (2009)

This special edition release is a compilation of NCSoft's earlier titles City Of Heroes and City of Villains, having been...

City of Villains Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

City of Villains is both the first expansion for City of Heroes, and a standalone game. In it, you can...

City of Villains (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Ever wanted to play the bad guy? Your time has come with the sequel to City of Heroes. In this...

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