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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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Arcade (1982)

Caveman is a pinball/arcade video game hybrid. Play begins on the pinball field. Spell the word CAVE to acquire an...

J2ME (2004)

In this Boulder Dash clone, caveman Fred needs to collect coins in an underground maze. There are then levels and...

Cavemania Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Fed up with having Brontosaurus steaks for dinner, Ug the Caveman has decided to try something new for a change...

Caveman Runner iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011)

Caveman Runner is an action game where you collect steaks and avoid cactuses in a randomly generated scrolling desert that...

Caveman Zac Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Caveman Zac a virus made all dinosaurs homosexual and all males impotent. Just Caveman Zac was spared and has...

Commodore 64 (1983)

"I am the Word Wizard. Welcome to my cave." You, as Mark or Becky, have been trapped in the Word...

DOS (1985)

Cavequest is an action-oriented fantasy role-playing game. Zeus has chosen you to leave the Land of the Gods and become...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Cavern 10 is a simplified re-interpretation of Caverns of Mars, created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire...

Jupiter Ace (1982)

Cavern Attack is a side view scrolling game where you control a submarine, moving up or down, to destroy as...

Cavern Crusader Apple II Front Cover December 1984 Issue

Apple II (1984)

You are in a spaceship and are "cleaning up" a new planet we've found so it's safe to colonize it....

ZX Spectrum (1984) and VIC-20 (1982)

Are you willing to plow through six levels of asteroids, alien ships and defense installations, and finally a Dicator's Lair,...

Cavernia Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1990)

Cavernia is a platform game, set in a cave. As Teddy Arklethorpe, the player has to complete sixteen levels; finishing...

Commodore 64 (1982)

In Cavern Run 64 you move a spacecraft viewed from the side, left or right as it falls down a...

Caverns of Callisto Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You are an astronaut on the moon of Callisto and mutants have stolen the panels from your spaceship along with...

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

You are the pilot of a mine supply ship and it is your task to deliver supplies to various amount...

Apple II (1982)

The evil dragon Freitag has taken refuge in a large system of caverns on the Enchanted Islands. A Thechu warrior...

DOS (1985)

In Caverns of Gink you control Prof. George Jumpalot on a quest to find a sacred statue left by the...

Caverns of Khafka Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Caverns of Khafka is an action game inspired by Indiana Jones movies. The cover features gold, pharaohs and a tan...

Caverns of Khron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Caverns of Khron is a non-scrolling puzzle-action platformer. The player can jump, throw throwing stars, and hit enemies, objects, and...

DOS (1989)

Caverns of Kroz is a continuation of Kingdom of Kroz, and the third game in the original Kroz trilogy. The...

Caverns of Mars Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 2600 (2006) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

Martian galactic fleets surround the planet and are demanding its surrender! The Terra IV High Command knows that your space...

Windows (2012)

You steer a spaceship trapped on the moon Mimas and need to find your way to the exit of each...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Torms and the invading Humans don't like each other. Spotting a quick buck you have decided to take both...

Commodore 64 (1986)

On the planet Rydthar, the inhabitants call themselves Earthlings and they have been forced to leave the planet and settle...

Atari ST (1992)

Cave Runner II is a platform game clearly inspired by Lode Runner.In 130 levels, the player have to collect all...

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