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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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The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is the video game adaptation of the 60's cartoon series staring Bullwinkle, a moose,...

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

It turns out that Bullwinkle is the lost Earl of Moosechester and an inheritance is awaiting him in England. Now,...

Game Boy (1992)

The Game Boy version of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle shares the story with the SNES/Genesis title by the...

The Adventures of Shuggy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Shuggy is a vampire who has just inherited a castle from his uncle. The only problem is that it is...

Adventures of Sid Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adventures Of Sid is a 2D side scrolling platformer that puts the player in the role if Sid the tomato....

Adventures of Sid: Xmas Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Adventures Of Sid XMAS Special is a Christmas themed remake of the XBLA Indie game Adventures Of Sid. As with...

Game Boy (1991)

On a routine check through the city, police officer Tony and his sister find themselves sucked up by a UFO...

The Adventures of St. Bernard ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The Adventures Of St. Bernard is a single player arcade style game.The player takes the role of a St Bernard...

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun Windows Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and SNES (1996)

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun is based on the Belgian comic book of the same name. The...

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is a game based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic...

Adventures of Tom Sawyer NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Tom Sawyer's famous literary exploits come to life in this adventure where you play Tom Sawyer (or Huck Finn in...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Adventures of TRON is based on the motion picture TRON from Walt Disney Productions.The game environment consists of 4 floors,...

Adventures of Yogi Bear Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

When Yogi Bear catches wind of a plan to turn Jellystone Park into a Chemical plant he sets out on...

Windows (1998)

Adventures With Chickens is a single person shareware puzzle game with both educational and shoot 'em up elements.The player takes...

Adventurous Eric Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In this short browser game players follow a day in the life of the black cat Eric. It is comprised...

A Dwarf's Story Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The dwarfs are trapped below ground. You, the Avatar, are having odd dreams. The Wiseman says this is prophesied that...

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1982), MSX (1984), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

A.E. is a Space Invaders inspired game with a 3D view. In A.E. the earth is under attack by swarms...

Aegis Wing Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Aegis Wing is a side-scrolling shooter originally created by three Microsoft interns. The player controls a small ship in epic...

Æon Flux PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Aeon Flux is a 3rd person action game inspired by the 2005 movie of the same name. The story takes...

Aerial Antics Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Aerial Antics is an arcade flying game. Its gameplay resembles the rocket belt portion of the game Pilotwings. The player...

Aerial Assault Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1992) and SEGA Master System (1990)

In Aerial Assault, you play the Freedom Fighter who must destroy five targets, including the Vinsk, CB-53 Bomber, "El", and...

Atari ST (1994)

Aerial Combat 2 is a two player dogfight game written in STOS and sequel to Aerial Combat ST. Since this...

Atari ST (1994)

Aerial Combat ST is a two player dogfight game written in STOS. Since this is a dogfight the aim is...

Atari ST (1995)

Aerial Kombat 3: The Final Encounter is a two player dogfight game written in STOS and sequel to Aerial Combat...

SNES (1993) and Arcade (1992)

Aero Fighters is a vertical scrolling shooter. There are four pilots from four countries (Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom and United...

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