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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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de Blob 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

de Blob 2's story starts off with the central location, Prisma City, and its upcoming general election following the events...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Debris is a simple action game in which the player must prevent a wall from being destroyed in a sort-of...

Debris Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Debris is an Asteroids clone for Windows. Players control a ship that can be moved around freely in a single-screen...

Debrysis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Debrysis is a futuristic arena shooter reminiscent of Robotron: 2084 and Mutant Storm. With five available arenas, players control a...

Windows (2008)

Debugger was developed for the 2008 Toronto Game Jam and won second place. As the competition's theme was cheese in...

Début Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A planet sits on the verge of environmental disaster. It's the player's job to find the sources and shut them...

DEcapAttack Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Genesis (1991)

In this game you play as Chuck D. Head, the product of a mad, but benevolent, scientist. Chuck looks a...

Deceptor Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

In this futuristic arcade-action 2D-isometric-looking game you slip into the role of the DECEPTOR on your quest to discover what...

Windows (2007)

Decobliss is a very untypical shoot'em up. Player's ship moves on a curved rail - can move only right or...

DOS (1986)

How far can you make it in this game of mazes? The object of the game is to move your...

Windows (2011)

In Deep Black the player takes the role of an expert force specialised in undersea combat. The protagonist is up...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Aliens are invading the ocean and have mutated the fish and other aquatic beings! But an A.N.G.E.L. Fish Attack Sub...

The Deep Cave Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A young boy named Pi has stumbled across a cave. An eerie light from somewhere below calls him downward, and...

Deep Core Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

An underwater nuclear research base has been invaded by a hostile craft. Captain Dawnrazer is sent in to wipe up...

Deep Duck Trouble starring Donald Duck Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Donald meets Hewey, Dewey and Louie, back from their latest adventure with Uncle Scrooge. But Uncle Scrooge has been cursed...

Deep Fear SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

All contact is lost with a submarine on a routine mission which then crashes into an underwater facility. The occupants...

Deep Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

As a private in the defense force by The General, players take on deadly missions to seek out and destroy...

Deep Freeze PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

In the year 2001, the world has changed, and terrorism has changed along with it. The terrorist organization Hephaestus has...

DOS (1993)

Aliens: go figure! Years ago Zybonians installed a control-center in the middle of planet Earth, so that years later, they...

Deep Raider Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The player takes the role of as a female protagonist named Jennifer who can speak to aquatic animals using telepathy....

Deep Sea DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is an individual release of the "Deep Sea" table from Epic Pinball. This table is based around a deep...

Deep Space Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1986)

Deep Space is an interstellar adventure encompassing warfare and exploration. You take charge of a STRIX fighter, an advanced long...

Deep Space: Operation Copernicus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

It is the year 2123. The genetically-programmed warriors of the Andromedan Hegemony are making the first moves to enforce their...

Deep Strike Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Deep Strike is set in World War 2, and you form part of a squadron attempting a dangerous mission of...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1987)

In The Deep the player takes the role of a ship which has to defend itself against a variety of...

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