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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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DOS (1996)

CHAMP Galaxia is a DOS shareware remake of Namco's classic 1980 Galaxian arcade shooter. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

DOS (1997)

CHAMP Invaders is a DOS shareware remake of the classic Space Invaders arcade machine. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

Champion Boxing SG-1000 Front Cover

MSX (1985), SG-1000 (1984) and Arcade (1984)

A straightforward championship boxing game from Sega. You can select several punches during a boxing match: straight, jab or upper....

Champion of the Raj Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Set in 1800, Champion of the Raj places you in command of one of five factions (British, French, Mogul Empire,...

MSX (1985) and Arcade (1985)

A straightforward Pro Wrestling game from Sega in the Champion sport series. You always start at rank C and have...

Championship Lode Runner PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), MSX (1986), Wii (2009), PC-88 (1985) and FM-7 (1985)

A follow-up to the original Lode Runner, with identical gameplay. This package contained 50 of the most challenging levels ever...

Atari 2600 (1980)

In this soccer game, each team has one forward, two backs and a goalie. The forward and backs always run...

MSX (1984)

Simplistic soccer game in Sega's Champion sports series. The game which you can play at three levels of difficulty. There...

Champions of Norrath PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Champions of Norrath is a third-person dungeon crawler based on the EverQuest universe. There are five character classes to choose...

DOS (1994)

Zulula is a town in the land of Akistar famous for fighting tournaments. Creatures and warriors from all over gather...

DOS (1995)

In the land of Akistar is a town known as Zulula that holds martial tournaments. Stories of these tournaments have...

Champions: Return to Arms PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The sequel to Champions of Norrath, Champions: Return to Arms is an action RPG that puts players in the EverQuest...

DOS (1996)

CHAMP Kong is a DOS shareware remake of the classic Donkey Kong arcade machine. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

DOS (1996)

CHAMP Ms. Pac-em is a DOS shareware remake of the classic Ms. Pac Man arcade machine. Like the other games...

DOS (1996)

CHAMP Pac-em is a DOS shareware remake of the classic Pac Man arcade machine. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

Champs De Mines + Casse Briques is a double games pack that contains the following:Champs De Mines: In this top...

Amiga (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Take your boxer to the top in this action boxing game. You start off fighting in an alleyway before finding...

Change Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Change is a puzzle/arcade game. The protagonist is Tuptacz, whose plantation has been invaded by alien creatures known as Spheres....

Chaos Break PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Chaos Break is essentially a third-person shooting game, with echoes of survival horror such as Resident Evil. Set in an...

Chaos Control DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1995), CD-i (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

The year is 2071, the aggressive Kesh Rhan aliens have already destroyed the human colonies on Mars and Pluto, and...

The Chaos Engine 2 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

At the end of The Chaos Engine you managed to put a stop to Baron Fortesque's out of control machine,...

Chaos Field Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2004) and GameCube (2005)

Chaos Field is a top-down space shooter similar in concept to the Gradius series, or Ikaruga. You control one of...

Chaos League Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Chaos League is a game that blends real-time strategy game elements with action, into a sports game. The game is...

Chaos League: Sudden Death Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Like its predecessor Chaos Legaue, Chaos League: Sudden Death gives you control over a team of American Football players. The...

Chaos Legion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2003)

The story of Chaos Legion is based on a light novel of the same name, written by the Japanese author...

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