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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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Commodore 64 (1983) and VIC-20 (1982)

Clowns is a home computer port of the arcade game with the same name released by Bally/Midway in 1978. Gameplay...

Atari 8-bit (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

Clowns & Balloons is a clone of the 1978 Bally/Midway arcade game CLOWNS, which itself was a clone of the...

Clubby: Killing Season Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The sequel to Clubby the Seal once again stars Clubby as the protagonist. After revenging his kind on the Eskibobs,...

Clubby the Seal Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Clubby the Seal turns the tables on what is commonly regarded as the Canadians' favourite pastime: smashing seals into pieces...

Nintendo DS (2008)

In this spinoff game from the popular MMORPG Club Penguin, players will be inducted into the Elite Penguin Force and...

The Club Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

The Club is an organization that recruits "outsiders" to fight in an underground bloodsport. Those "outsiders" come from every possible...

ClueFinders: Mystery Mansion Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

The members of the Clue Finders team -- including Owen, Leslie, Santiago, and Joni, along with their timid yet trusty...

Clusterball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Try this futuristic sport! Take your craft with special equipment to collect prize balls in the full 3D arena, avoid...

Clutch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Clutch is a post-apocalyptic racing game that borrows many elements from the Carmageddon series. In September 2006 a collider (similar...

DOS (1992)

Clyde's Adventure is a platform game. The objective is to travel through each of the castles, collect the special treasure,...

DOS (1995)

Clyde's Revenge is the sequel to Clyde's Adventure. Once again, Clyde must find his way through all the castles armed...

Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In Clystron you control a walker-like cyborg on its mission to find eight machine parts. The parts must be collected...

COALA Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1995)

Despite the name conjuring up images of a cutesy platform creature, your charge in this game is in fact a...

MSX (1986)

Race game on a coaster ramp. Use your driving skills to make it through the steeply banked turns and the...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

This Green Beret-style arcade game follows the plot of the film starring Sylvester Stallone. As Stallone's Cobra character you must...

DOS (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Thomson TO (1987)

Cobra, the space pirate hero of Buichi Terasawa's comic and TV series, receives a message from Dominique. Dominique is held...

Amstrad CPC (1987)

Ocean Software released three different games based on the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle Cobra. The CPC version unleashes macho cop...

Cobra Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Cobra on the C64 adapts the 1986 Sylvester Stallone movie like its counterparts on other 8-bit systems. It is similar...

Cobra Command NES Front Cover

NES (1988) and Arcade (1988)

An arcade game from Data East, Cobra Command is a 2D, side-scrolling helicopter shooter in the tradition of Choplifter. Your...

Cobra Command SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992), iPhone (2009) and Arcade (1984)

Cobra Command is an arcade conversion of a helicopter shooting game from Data East. It is an "on rails" style...

Cobra Command / Sol-Feace SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992)

These two games were released in one standard Mega-CD box: a double Jewel Case, pack-in the PAL MEGA-CD Unit box.Cobra...

Atari ST (1987)

Dominique, that careless girl, has been kidnapped again, and naturally it is up to Cobra and his mechanical mate, Lady,...

Cobra Triangle NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Cobra Triangle is a single-player boat-racing game that lets you do more than race. It borrows the power-up system from...

Coca Cola Kid Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1994)

Coca Cola Kid is a platformer starring the eponymous mascot of the Coca Cola company in the 90s. On his...

Coconut Dodge PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Coconut Dodge is an arcade game in which a player must dodge falling coconuts, weave through airborne mazes and play...

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