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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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Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel is a wrestling game in which the player can choose to control any of the...

Cutout Heroes: Making of a Ninja iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Making of a Ninja is the first entry in the Cutout Heroes series. Nin, the lovable but inept ninja was...

Cut the Rope 2 iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

Cut the Rope 2 is a physics-based puzzle game. The goal in each level is to get a piece of...

Cutthroat Island SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1996), SNES (1996), Genesis (1996) and Game Gear (1995)

In this game you play the role of a pirate lady called Morgan who was given a piece of a...

The C word Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Edmund McMillen's fascination with the themes of death and reproduction in games is continued in The C word also known...

Commodore 64 (1987)

You are a pilot of a space craft whose mission is to accompany and guard a huge Mothership leaving Earth...

Cyberball  DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Cyberball is a pinball game where four tables are available: Dooke, inspired by underworld devils, Enlightment, with a space travel...

Cyberblast Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

Cyberblast puts the player in Fastrax Laboratories where the Trans-universal Portal Experiment in the solar system has gone completely haywire....

Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1995)

A sci-fi one-on-one fighting game in which several characters converge in the wastes of the far future and must fight...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

The Limited Edition of Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness contains following items:Hardback book with manga, models, and sketches Cyber Gouki pop-up...

Browser (2013)

You have been captured by cyber droids and scheduled for cybernetic upgrade. They didn't contend with your willpower, however. You...

Cybercon III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The Cybercon III computer was built with the intent of looking after the world, but something went wrong—the computer killed...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Cyber-core is a vertically scrolling shooter in which the player fights insects. The basic idea is traditional: shooting everything before...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Robots and insectoid creatures are trying to take over the world. You play a man who has the ability to...

DOS (1996) and 3DO (1996)

"Yet another disco armadillo first-person shooter." After being run over by a car, our hero Armadillo is brought back to...

DOS (1994)

If anyone remembers the top-down shooters Loaded or Chaos Engine, Cyberdogs is the same basic gameplay. You must choose your...

Windows (1996)

CyberDome! is a single player shoot 'em up that was originally released as shareware but has since been made available...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Players control a space marine who must search for droids on three planets - Geminus, Sirius, and Arius - while...

Cyber Empires DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Predecessor to the highly succesful (and more complex) Fantasy Empires. A tactical and strategic turn-based game of robotic combat, land...

Amiga (1995)

Cyber Force: Zniewolony Umysł is a sci-fi action adventure game, similar to Flashback. In 2017 a scientist foresees the destruction...

CyberGenic Ranger: Secret of the Seventh Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Cybergenic Ranger is a side-scrolling shoot'em up arcade game where you must shoot your way to success. You have to...

CyberGladiators Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

In a freak accident, Alliance members of a Gy Djin terrorist attack were transformed into CyberGladiators, a powerful cyborg fighting...

Windows (2000)

Finally, PC gamers can dance the night away with Cyber Groove. In the same style as Bust-a-Groove (PSX), CG allows...

Cyberia Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), DOS (1994), Windows (2015), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), 3DO (1996), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

In the year 2027, the world is controlled by two rival superpowers, the western-bloc Free World Alliance and the east-bloc...

Cyberia 2: Resurrection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Windows (1995)

The original Cyberia was a rail shooter that combined puzzle-solving with Star Wars: Rebel Assault-style action sequences. The sequel is...

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