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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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Cyberwar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and PlayStation (1995)

Cyberwar is based on the movie The Lawnmower Man and is set after its ending. The player takes the role...

DOS (1992)

Top-down shooter in which you must "save" the world, by going from arena to arena shooting at the other guy....

Commodore 64 (1999)

An unknown alien invasion force has invaded your Galaxy and have ransacked it leaving a trail of destruction through five...

Amiga (1993)

Cyberzerk is a top-down shooter in which the player has to cleanse a big space ship from all inhabitants. This...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Cyborg is a single screen shooter where you must blast all the aliens that appear on the screen to clear...

Cyborg Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Cyborg is a puzzle game similar to Robbo. The player's task is to get out of the maze full of...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A team of 7 scientists has flown on a spaceship to find a way to stop an asteroid on a...

SEGA CD (1993)

Cyborg 009 is a side-scrolling platform action game based on the famous manga and anime series created by Shōtarō Ishinomori....

SNES (1994)

Nine young people were turned into cyborgs by a company trying to take over the world. They have defeated this...

SEGA Master System (1988)

It is the year 2242. You are Paladin, the galaxy's toughest bounty hunter. Cyborgs are about to take complete control...

Cyborg Justice Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

You are a member of the Galatic Unity Agency on routine patrol in deep space when your patrol ship is...

SEGA Master System (1991) and MSX (1991)

Cyborg Z is a sci-fi vertically scrolling shoot-em-up. One or two players control identically-looking giant robots reminiscent of Mazinger Z,...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Over the years since the first design was announced in 2001, robots with the ability to think have increased with...

Cyclemania DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A motorcycle racing game. The concept behind this game is that all the tracks in the game are actual videotaped...

DOS (1993)

This is a clone of the Tron light-cycle style game where the object is to make your opponent(s) crash into...

Cyclon VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

Cyclon is a space-themed reflex game that is similar to Midway's Space Zap. The object of the game is to...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

A cyclone is sweeping across a small group of islands. As the pilot of a lone rescue helicopter, it is...

CyClones DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Legions of alien Cybernetic Clones (CyClones) have devastated the Earth. Humanity's only hope lies with Havoc, himself a cybernetic warrior...

Cyclons Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Cyclons is a single player space shoot-em up game.The player takes control of a space ship and must shoot alien...

Cy Girls PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

It's the 21st century (a couple of decades ahead of the present time), and the world is dark cyberpunk place...

Jupiter Ace (1984)

The deep space cargo vessel, Cygnus has been attacked by pirates from the planet Retipujeca who have killed all the...

Cygnus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Cygnus is a game where the player needs to navigate mazes, with a look inspired by Gravitar and Thrust. Players...

Cylindrix DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (2001)

Choose your ship, your shipmates whom will have ships of their own and command your groups to win by taking...

ZX Spectrum (1984), BBC Micro (1983), Electron (1983) and Atom (1982)

Cylon Attack is a pseudo 3D space shooter played from a first-person perspective and clearly based on the American TV...

CYPHER Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

CYPHER is a fast online multiplayer platform shooter. Take the role of agents and infiltrate the government by hacking servers....

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