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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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Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

It starts when you receive a note and map from your long lost grandfather, along with the promise of the...

Adventurer Pets Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

There once was a notorious gambler named Johnny Five Aces, who hid a treasure somewhere. There is a map to...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Players control their character around a maze of passages, and the object is to find the way out. Along the...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the award-winning TV series, The Adventures of Batman and Robin pits the player against the diabolical Mr. Freeze...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1995)

In The Adventures of Batman & Robin, Robin and Commissioner Gordon have both gone missing. The Dark Knight suspects that...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Konami's game based on the 90s animated series starring the Caped Crusader sends him against his most famous enemies in...

The Adventures of Batman & Robin Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1995)

The game is based on the famous 1990s animated series of the same name. The player takes control solely of...

The Adventures of Bayou Billy NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Your best girl Annabelle has been kidnapped by the evil Gordon, the "gangster king of Bourbon Street", and as Bayou...

Adventures of Beetlejuice: Skeletons in the Closet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

A truly bizarre game which was rather popular at the time. It's an action game of sorts, in which you...

Commodore 64 (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The player controls Basildon Bond, whose task is to collect a series of codes within five hours, under orders from...

Windows (1999)

The Adventures of Bouapha: Spooky Castle is a single-player, top-down monster bashing adventure game.The story behind this game is that...

The Adventures of Captain Becky Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adventures of Captain Becky is a puzzle platform game starring the titular female pirate captain. The goal of each stage...

The Adventures of Captain Comic NES Front Cover

DOS (1988) and NES (1989)

You are Captain Comic, galactic hero. Your mission is to recover three treasures from the planet Omsoc, which have been...

The Adventures of Cookie & Cream PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Cookie and Cream are two cartoon bunnies who are on their way home on the night before their clan's yearly...

The Adventures of Dangerous Dave & Brutal Bob Part 1: Mole Surfing Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

The Adventures of Dangerous Dave & Brutal Bob Part 1: Mole Surfing was made to promote a British bicycle shopping...

The Adventures of Darwin PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

One night the monkey Darwin dreamt of a meteoroid flying towards the earth and destroying all life. Only he would...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Obviously another entry in the VGNG competition, Emo Harvest on the Oregon Trail casts the player as Death, harvester by...

Adventures of Dino-Riki NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Somewhere in the land of dinosaurs, a hero known as Dino-Riki sets out to battle against the beasts of the...

SNES (1993)

Franky and his girlfriend Bitsy are planning a vacation to New York. There's just one problem: Bitsy doesn't have a...

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies is a Game Boy Advance game based on...

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and GameCube (2004)

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - Attack of the Twonkies is an action adventure game based on a...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

With the construction of Jimmy Neutron's latest invention, he accidentally teleports himself into an alternate dimension, switching places with the...

Windows (1999)

This game is based on the TV series The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest from 1996, that tells about the...

Adventures of Lolo NES Front Cover

NES (1989), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

The lovely princess Lala was kidnapped by the Evil Demons of the Empire. You are Lolo, a round ball-like creature...

Adventures of Lolo 3 NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

This time, Lolo has a red friend who will do for him some of the work. Unlike the two previous...

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