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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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Critical Path Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

You and a female fellow soldier called Kat are stranded on the roof of a factory on an island in...

Critical Zone Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

The title screen of the game has a brief blurb that also neatly encapsulates the game -- MISSION OBJECTIVE: DESTROY...

Criticom PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Criticom is a one-on-one fighting game where 8 diverse fighters from across the galaxy vie for a crystal artifact. The...

Critter Round-Up Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Players are tasked with separating various animal species, referred to as "critters" into their own pens by building a fence...

Amiga (1992)

A variation of the classic arcade game Frogger, designed to make use of the Amiga's hardware.The basic gameplay involves guiding...

ZX81 (1982)

Croaka-Crawla is a clone of the arcade game Frogger where the player must control a frog and get him to...

Game Boy Color (2000)

All is not well in Croc's world. His friends, the Gobbos, have been captured by the evil Baron Dante. It...

Croc 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1999) and Game Boy Color (2001)

Croc is on a quest to find his parents. However, Baron Dante has kidnapped the Gobbos kings. Croc then turns...

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos is a 3D platform game where you play as a crocodile. Small hairy creatures called...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

You are an alien from outer space. Basic idea behind the game: get the cows and don't get shot down...

Crossbow DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 2600 (1987), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988) and Arcade (1983)

In Crossbow, you and several friends are trying to cross many treacherous landscapes in order to retrieve stolen treasures from...

Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1994), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1991)

As a knight, you must travel the countryside fighting monsters and bandits using your sword and shield. When you enter...

Crossfire PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1981) and VIC-20 (1981)

In this adaptation of the arcade game Targ your job is to defend your city from marauding alien beasts. You...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Crossfire is a single screen 1st person perspective shooter where you are a policeman leading 'The Untouchables' against the mob...

Arcade (1975)

Crossfire is a shooting game. Two players are required. Each player has a gun that can be moved up and...

CrossFire Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

Fly a helicopter into hostile territory to rescue hostages and make some money on the side. The places the player...

NES (1990)

CrossFire is a side-scrolling run-and-gun somewhat reminiscent of Contra series, although played at a slower pace. All that is known...

Atari 2600 (1983)

It seems as if forever that the evil Morplus from the planet Tzoris have terrorized the galaxy, leaving death and...

The Crossing Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The game's premise is minimalist, but its presentation is lush to make up for it: deer attempt to jump over...

Crosstown Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Crosstown is a retro-style, top-down action game. Up to four players navigate a randomly-generated maze, collecting "qreds", avoiding and fighting...

Cross Wiber: Cyber-Combat-Police TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Cross Wiber: Cyber-Combat-Police is a sequel to Cyber Cross and follows the adventures of Cross Wiber, an special inspector of...

ZX Spectrum (1988)

In the sequel to Sidewize the call is out once again to save a planet to from invading aliens. Armed...

Crossy Road iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014), Windows Phone (2015) and Windows Apps (2015)

Crossy Road is a new take on the concept of Frogger. A character is guided through an endless, randomly generated...

Crouching Pony Hidden Dragon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Arcade (2012)

Crouching Pony Hidden Dragon is a 2D indie top-down shooter game with some RPG elements. In the main mode, the...

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Set in Qing dynasty of 19th Century China, this adaptation of the film of the same name follows the path...

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