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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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Chronovolt PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012)

Chronovolt is a 3D puzzle-platformer marble game in which the player has to guide his Chrono Sphere through the twists,...

NES (1985)

You play as a cherub on a mission to rescue his friends. Your point of view is from the side...

Chubby Gristle MSX Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Chubby Gristle the car park attendant is on a mission to get as much food into him as possible, and...

ChuChu Rocket! Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999), Game Boy Advance (2001), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

ChuChu Rocket is an action puzzler, designed predominantly as a multi-player game. You have indirect control over mice, and must...

Chuckie Egg Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), J2ME (2004), Dragon 32/64 (1983), Android (2009), BBC Micro (1983), Electron (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1984)

In the game you play Hen House Harry who has to collect 12 (a dozen) eggs from each level, while...

Chuckie Egg II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Chuckie Egg II is a sequel to platformer game Chuckie Egg, but is very different from the original game. Whereas...

Chuckie Egg: The Next Batch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This freeware remake of the arcade game from 1983 expands the gameplay with more precise controls, new elements, and more...

Chuckman ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Mattel Aquarius (1983)

Chuckman is a bomb disposal expert faced with a 60-screen maze with 8 bombs to neutralise. To do this, he...

Chuck Norris: Bring on the Pain J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2009), J2ME (2008), iPhone (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

Capitalizing on the internet hype surrounding the American martial artists actor Chuck Norris, though two years late, Bring on the...

Chuck Norris Superkicks Atari 2600 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

In this action game you play the part of Chuck Norris on a quest to reach a monastery where an...

Chuck Rock Genesis Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1992), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), SEGA CD (1992), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1991)

Chuck Rock is your typical average cave man. He likes to spend his Sunday afternoons watching football and drinking beer....

Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck SEGA CD Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), SEGA CD (1993), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The story in this Chuck Rock game takes up a little while after the end of the first game. As...

Browser (2011)

It was a how summer, and shearing day on the farm, all the sheep were happy to get rid of...

iPhone (2014) and Android (2014)

Chummy Fishes is a game based on a Global Game Jam 2014 concept. The player controls two cogs that can...

CIA Operative: Solo Missions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

You are Jack Noel, CIA Operative. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to stop a major terrorist...

CID the Dummy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2013) and Wii (2009)

CID The Dummy is a platformer featuring, as the title bespeaks, a crash dummy as the protagonist. Cid was endowed...

Cindy's Caribbean Holiday PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation (2004)

Cindy's Caribbean Holiday is a single player game aimed at young girls and which consists of a series of simple...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Earth is about to be attacked and destroyed by an alien force and it's up to you to blast and...

Circuit Breakers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Circuit Breakers is a racing game similar to Micro Machines and Ignition, where the vehicles resemble toys viewed from above....

Arcade (1977)

A clown jumps off a platform.You must move your trampoline so he lands on the free end, propelling the other...

Circus! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

Circus! is a collection of circus-themed mini games with cartoon graphics. The different games can be selected freely from the...

Circus Atari Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980) and Arcade (1977)

Pop the balloons and score points. A wall of red, blue and white balloons will appear at the top of...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

The famous Circus Morelli offers five exciting events: trampolining, tightrope-walking, juggling, knife-throwing and jumping clowns.You control the artists during their...

Circus Caper NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

A boy named Tim and his little sister Judy go to a circus. They want to buy tickets to enter...

Circus Charlie Commodore 64 Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1987), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1984)

You are Charlie, a member of a circus troupe. Your job is to please the crowd by performing five death-defying...

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