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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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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin you control two characters, a vampire hunter named Jonathan Morris and a young witch Charlotte...

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Wii (2008)

Count Dracula, the evil Transylvanian vampire lord, is resurrected in the year 1792, a century after the brave vampire hunter...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1998), PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Five years ago, Richter Belmont, the latest in the Belmont lineage and the one destined to be a Vampire Hunter,...

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Limited Edition) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

The limited edition of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night includes: The game itself The "Illustrations & Comic" -art book The...

Castlevania: The Adventure Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The Count has risen again desiring revenge even more than blood. There are four levels of dungeons, chambers and crypts....

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a remake of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood. The remake features 3D graphics, though the...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In Castle Warrior the evil magician Zandor poisoned the good king. Now the the player in the role of the...

Castle Wolfenstein Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

In this game, the player takes control of a lone prisoner who has been taking captive in a large castle...

DOS (1990), Apple II (1989) and Apple IIgs (1991)

If you look too hard for a plot you might strain yourself; in what was pretty par for the course...

Catacomb 3-D DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

You are a mage descending into the dungeons of Nemesis the Lich, in order to kill him and save one...

DOS (1992)

You play the role of a magician, who is called upon by the townspeople to defeat his ancient archrival Nemesis...

DOS (1991)

Petton Everhail, the most powerful magician in the world is hired to recover an enormous treasure buried deep beneath the...

DOS (1983)

The Catacombs of Nemon is a single-player game which is entirely keyboard controlled.The game takes place on a single screen...

Commodore 64 (1992)

Catalypse is a horizontally-scrolling shoot'em up where you guide your ship against the alien CLIO civilization through five big levels,...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Catastrophes is a single screen building game where you must carry bricks with a helicopter one at a time from...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Catch! the player can move his avatar freely around the screen in eight directions and must try to catch...

Atari ST (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

The CK23 is a plane that can take off and land like an ordinary plane, but can fly into space...

DOS (1982)

This catch-the-falling-objects game uses almost the entire keyboard for its controls. An assortment of ASCII characters is raining down from...

DOS (1989) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

The objective of Catch 'Em is to catch all falling objects. Each level features a different object falling. When any...

Catch 'Em Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1992)

Jeff the Zookeeper isn't too good at his job (but then, when was a person with a backwards baseball cap...

Catch the Ball / Noughts and Crosses Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1979)

Two titles are available in this cart: Catch the Ball puts one or two players in the role of a...

Catechumen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A Christian-themed first-person-shooter, you are a Christian-in-training in the Ancient Roman times. You are battling the hordes of demons sent...

Caterpillar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In this puzzle game, a caterpillar travels from the bottom of the field to the top, row by row, leaving...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Choose from eleven tough and rugged Caterpillar machines including tractors, backhoes, and bulldozers. Dig ditches, move boulders, and perform daring...

CatFight: The Ultimate Female Fighting Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

CatFight: The Ultimate Female Fighting Game is an all-woman fighting game, resembling the early editions of Mortal Kombat where the...

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