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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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a dog for all seasons Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

The time of year is no obstacle for a dog. Spring, summer, fall or winter, a dog is more than...

Adrenaline Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adrenaline is a side scrolling platformer that gives the player control of a stickman who must traverse a colourful world...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Adrenalynn is a futuristic, action-oriented sports game. Artificial Intelligence took over Earth and the winner of the "Adrenalynn" championship may...

Windows (1998)

Scott Griffon is a military pilot who has hunted rebels for years as part of an elite anti-insurrection squad. But...

Adrift Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Adrift is a modern day pirate game that puts the player in the role of a nameless Somali pirate operating...

Advanced Battlegrounds: The Future of Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Advanced Battlegrounds: The Future of Combat is an expanded re-release of Chrome. It includes the following extra content: New single-player...

Advanced Busterhawk Gleylancer Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Wii (2008)

A side-scrolling sci-fi shooter, Gleylancer casts you as Lucia, a young pilot in the Space Fleet of starfighters that hijacks...

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Pursue the ancient Crown of Kings in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Cartridge. You control a three person party equipped with...

DOS (1997)

Whereas the original NetWars was developed by Novell to be bundled with their Personal NetWare program to show off NetWare's...

Advanced Pinball Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Part of Codemasters' original budget-price range, this pinball game aimed to put fast & furious action first.The table design features...

Advanced Rock Paper Scissors Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Advanced Rock Paper Scissors is based on the game of rock, paper, scissors, but it replaces the traditional hand gestures...

Windows (1998)

Advanced Tactical Missions features 38 new levels for the game X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. This unofficial expansion features 22 new...

Advanced V.G. PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SNES (1995), SEGA Saturn (1997), TurboGrafx CD (1994), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The story of Advanced V.G. follows a similar template as those of the previous Variable Geo games: the strongest young...

Advanced V.G. 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

V.G. is the annual fighting tournament to find the strongest woman, sponsored by the Jahana Group and with a prize...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

This is the Limited Edition of Advanced V.G., which includes a jigsaw puzzle featuring Advanced V.G. artwork.

Advance Guardian Heroes Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Advance Guardian Heroes is the follow-up to Guardian Heroes for the SEGA Saturn. It is a side-scrolling, beat-em-up action game....

Advance of the Megacamel Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

In this game you fly in your spaceship and shoot at gigantic mutant camels who are trying to attack your...

Advent Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

In Advent Rising, you play as Gideon Wyeth, a rookie space pilot. Gideon has a loving fiancée and life smiles....

Adventure Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980) and iPhone (2008)

A graphic dungeon quest inspired by the old mainframe game of the same name, Adventure is a graphic action-adventure game...

Windows (2009)

Adventure 2600 Reboot is a graphical and sound update to the Atari 2600 game Adventure. Play is controlled by the...

Windows (2003), Macintosh (2003) and Browser (2003)

In this classic side-scrolling adventure, you play Oliver the Elf. Santa's sleigh has been raided by some evil penguins and...

DOS (1986)

This is a compilation of four adventure games: Adventure Castaway South American Trek Return to Hell Adventure is a version...

Adventure II Atari 5200 Front Cover

Atari 5200 (2007)

This homebrew Atari 5200 cartridge is a direct, yet unofficial sequel to the Atari 2600 action role-playing classic Adventure. The...

Adventure Island NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), MSX (1986), J2ME (2004), DoJa (2005), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

In the South Pacific, Master Higgins lives peacefully wearing only a grass skirt and a cap. That is until the...

Adventure Island 3 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1992)

Your girlfriend is once again kidnapped by aliens, and you have to rescue her, forcing your way through various levels.The...

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