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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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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...

ZX81 (1982)

Evil Xon and his forces are on a ridgetop encircling a valley full of his subjects. In this isometric shooter...

City Racer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

City Racer is an action oriented racing game with 24 courses set in six cities (London, Rome, Moscow, New York,...

Windows (2008)

City Racing is a freeware street racing game that takes place in a large city with rural surroundings.In the intro...

City Smasher Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

City Smasher is a monster rampage game where the player takes control of a big red dude with green punk...

Commodore 64 (1988)

In the game made with SEUCK (Shoot 'Em Up Construction Kit) you control Ciuffy the dog on his way out...

Civil War: Secret Missions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

During the Civil War, small and irregular pockets of men were called upon to perform spectacular raids, disrupt enemy supply...

CJ in the USA Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

The follow-up to CJ's Elephant Antics, in which we find that The Hunter has kidnapped CJ's brothers and sisters and...

CJ's Elephant Antics Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

CJ the baby elephant has fled captivity, and is desperate to reach his home in Africa. That means trekking halfway...

PSP (2010)

Cladun: This is an RPG is a humorous action role-playing game. Gameplay mainly consists of fighting through levels (called "dungeons")...

Claim Jumper Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Two players each control a "cowboy". A gold bar appears randomly on the screen, and if either cowboy takes it...

Clans Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Four Clans were living in harmony, until an evil demon appeared, attempting to sow discord between them. The elders, sorcerers,...

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Clark & Dagger is a top-down multiplayer tactical espionage game developed by the Cogswell Game Development Club for Windows and...

Clash at Demonhead NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Professor Plum and his designs for the "doomsday device", DEAD END have been taken by the diabolical LAWBREAKERS - a...

Clash Force iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Clash Force is a retro-inspired run and gun action game inspired by similar games on the NES such as Contra...

Classic Arcadia ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

Classic Arcadia is a compilation of three budget release clones of coin-op arcade games. The games in this compilation areClassic...

ZX Spectrum (1992)

The second of Alternative's Classic Arcadia compilations consisting of three unofficial clones of old arcade machine games. The games in...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

The third of Alternative's Classic Arcadia compilations. While the previous two compiled unofficial clones of old arcade machines, this one...

Classic Arcadia & Baby Arcadia Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

This game contains 4 games: Muncher, Invasion, Rebound & Galaxy. These games are clones of the famous Pac-man, Space Invaders,...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Blue Dino has become ill, and its up to Green Dino to find a cure. Essentially a remake of the...

Amstrad CPC (1986)

Classic Invaders is a variant of Space Invaders: accelerated and in colour. The game elements and goals are the same...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Classic Muncher is a Pac-Man clone with identical gameplay and rules with ghosts and power pills. The only differences are...

Windows (2009)

Classic Night is a strategy game with action elements where the player controls Harigol, who is hired by the moon...

Classic Puzzle Games Volume 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Classic Puzzle Games Volume 2 is a compilation of four clones of old arcade games chosen by the staff at...

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