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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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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...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Caves of 64 is a side view horizontal shooter where the screen scrolls from right to left constantly, and you...

Caves of Doom ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are trapped in the caves of the evil Lord of Doom, and must somehow find your way out. The...

Cave Story Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2005), Dreamcast (2013), Amiga (2008), Macintosh (2005), Nintendo DSi (2010), GP2X (2007) and GP2X Wiz (2011)

Cave Story is a metroidvania platformer with the amnesiac soldier Quote finding a city of rabbits called Mimigas. The Mimigas...

Cave Story Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Cave Story is a re-release of the original Cave Story and meant to replace the 2010 DSi version. As technical...

Cave Story Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

The WiiWare version of Cave Story is an updated version of the original game. The visuals have been updated to...

Cave Story+ Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Cave Story+ is an enhanced version of the original Cave Story. Compared to other versions it is the most complete...

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Cave Story 3D is an enhanced remake of Cave Story and the first version for the 3DS platform. The most...

The Cave Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Wii U (2013) and Ouya (2013)

The Cave is a platform adventure game that tells the story of seven characters who descend into an ancient, self-aware...

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