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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Windows (2008)

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BBC Micro (1990) and Electron (1990)

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iPhone (2009)

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PlayStation (2002)

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Camgoo Sixplay Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Camgoo Sixplay brings the gameplay experience of the PlayStation 2 EyeToy peripheral and games to the PC. Like the EyeToy...

Campaign: From North Africa to Northern Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

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DOS (1996)

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TurboGrafx CD (1993)

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Camp Pokémon iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

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Canabalt Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), Commodore 64 (2011), PSP (2012), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 3 (2012), Browser (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2012), iPad (2010), PS Vita (2012), Ouya (2013), GameStick (2013) and tvOS (2015)

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VIC-20 (1982)

A freebie cassette given away with VIC 20s sold at the retail chain Canadian Tire. It contained 12 programs on...

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Candy Cannon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

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Atari 2600 (2011)

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Candy & Clyde Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

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Cannonball iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and Android (2010)

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Cannon Ball MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1984) and Sharp X1 (1983)

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CannonBall Blitz Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982), VIC-20 (1982) and TI-99/4A (1984)

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J2ME (2005)

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Cannon Bods Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Ahoy! Pirates be parachuting in! Knock them from the sky and send them to Davy Jones!In Cannon Bods, pirates are...

Cannon Bubble ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2007)

Cannon Bubble is a Puzzle Bobble clone with a pirate theme. As a pirate apprentice, takes control of a cannon...

Cannon Fodder Linux Front Cover 2nd version

Linux (2015), DOS (1993), Windows (2009), Game Boy Color (2000), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Jaguar (1995), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1994), 3DO (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994), J2ME (2004), Symbian (2005), Macintosh (2013) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

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Cannon Fodder 2 DOS Front Cover

Linux (2015), DOS (1994), Windows (2013), Amiga (1994) and Macintosh (2013)

After the success of Cannon Fodder, a sequel was inevitable. The basic gameplay remained the same – guide a team...

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