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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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1943: The Battle of Midway NES Front Cover

Amiga (1988), NES (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Xbox 360 (2013) and Arcade (1987)

The sequel to 1942, which is still a vertically scrolling shooter, has the player once again fighting over the clouds...

J2ME (2004)

1945 AirWar is a vertically-scrolling 1942 clone. There is no story, players control a small plane fighting many waves of...

1945 I & II: The Arcade Games PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This compilation includes the arcade games Strikers 1945 and Strikers 1945 II, though "Strikers" was removed from the title everywhere...

J2ME (2005)

It is year 1955. You are the only surviving allied pilot. You have just been assigned a secret mission to...

1985: The Day After Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

The control of Big Brother (referring to George Orwell's novel 1984, hence the game's title) has been overthrown, and mankind...

DOS (1993)

1993tris is one of the more innovative Tetris-clones, similar to Columns.Your objective is to kill flies. Blocks consisting of four...

1994 (Ten Years After) Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

You are Smiffy, a person locked in the world of George Orwell's "1984." The book's totalitarian-spying concept is updated for...

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

As one of up to four newly recruited soldiers at the time of the Vietnam War (these people had an...

Arcade (1996)

19XX: The War Against Destiny is a 2D vertical scrolling shooter game taking place against a fictional background, unlike the...

Browser (2007)

1-i is a basic arcade game involving a bouncing blob called 1-i. 1-i is constantly bouncing on this hovering platform...

1Key Rocket Launcher Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This game is a one-button-game where you have to repeatedly hit the space bar to power up your rocket in...

Commodore 64 (2008)

1k-mini-bdash is a clone of Boulder Dash, crammed into 1024 bytes. Like in the original, you have to collect diamonds...

1st Person Pinball Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Tynesoft were almost certainly the first people to try a first person pinball game with this ambitious program. Up to...

DOS (1996)

1 Ton is a freeware game where the player controls a weight of one ton. There are multiple people walking...

Windows (2000)

2001 Alien Combat is an action game wherein you battle vicious aliens and the clock. You have several weapons to...

Atari 2600 (2005)

This cartridge contains six of the 1 kilobyte entries and one 4 kilobyte entry from the 2005 Minigame Competition with...

J2ME (2005)

Set in the year 2020, this top-down arcade shooter takes place in different mazes. The aim of the game is...

Windows (2010)

2025: Battle for Fatherland is a third person shooter game set in year 2025. As the United States of America...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

2088 is a 2D top-down shooter set in the future. The player controls the gunfighter, and starts in the centre...

SEGA Master System (1995)

20 em 1 (20 in 1) is a compilation of twenty previously unreleased games in a single cartridge, which came...

20 Pferdespiele Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

20 Pferdespiele is a mini games collection. Most of them are variants of classic games with background pictures showing horses....

2176 Supernova Storm Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

2176 Supernova Storm is a top-down space combat game that pits the player up against an invading army of cyborgs....

24: The Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

24: The Game is an action-adventure game based on the Fox TV series. Set in between Seasons 2 and 3...

25 to Life Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

25 to Life is set in the urban inner city jungle where you can choose to be either a law...

2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

This THQ double pack has two of the Disney GBA games combined on one cartridge: Disney Princess Disney's The Lion...

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