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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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Dark Castle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple IIgs (1989), CD-i (1991) and Macintosh (1986)

The Black Knight has brought misery to the land, and the end way to end this is to enter his...

BREW (2006) and J2ME (2006)

This enhanced remake of the original medieval Mac platformer combines one dozen choice levels from the original game and its...

Commodore 64 (1994)

Dark Caves is a H.E.R.O. clone in which the you control a treasure hunter searching for treasure under the surface...

Dark Century DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You control a squad of high-tech tanks and you have to destroy the enemy squad. The tanks can move quickly,...

Dark Chambers Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1988), Atari 7800 (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1988)

Dark Chambers is an arcade action game similar to Gauntlet. You are an explorer in an underground maze; your goal...

Dark Cloud PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

400 Years ago, a war between the Eastern Continent and the Western Wizard Army destroyed the world as a great...

Dark Cloud 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

As a young inventor, you are called upon to search the dangerous dungeons, battle evil monsters and re-claim towns and...

Windows (1997)

Dark Corona Pegasus is 2D vertical scrolling shoot 'em up. The player controls a space ship and shoots enemy ships....

Dark Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Arkhan was born in a post-apocalyptic world and raised in a Stallite (Citadel of Light), one of the few places...

Darkened Skye Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The Skittles brand candies "Taste the Rainbow" ad campaign is the inspiration behind this action adventure game in which the...

Darker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this spaceflight 'simulator' / 3D shooter, your race (the Delphins) is sharing a far away planet with the Halons....

Darkest of Days Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

KronoteK has been founded to use their time-travel-technology to set things right with history - whatever that means. One thing's...

Darkfall Windows Front Cover The slipcase cover of the 2009 Greek retail box

Windows (2009)

Darkfall is a fantasy-themed 'sandbox'-style massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. It differs from the majority of its peers by featuring...

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

Dark Fusion is a single player side scrolling space based shoot-em-up.The 'Dark Fusion' of the title refers to a game...

Dark Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Dark Horizon is a futuristic dogfight flight simulation set in space. The game takes place in the Enosta universe, where...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

It is the mid-22nd century in the Dark Horizons universe when the Federated States and Eastern Confederation are in conflict...

Darkhorn: Realm of the Warlords Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Apple II (1985)

Take over the kingdom of Darkhorn in this early RTS tactical/strategic game. There are 4 sides battling to take command...

Dark Hour for Quake DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

A collection of levels for Quake. The add-on contains several independent single-player & multi-players maps. There are windows & DOS...

Windows (1997)

Dark Judgement is a classic side scrolling beat 'em up developed by Frankenstein Studio. In this game the player will...

The Dark Knight: The Mobile Game BlackBerry Front Cover

J2ME (2008), Windows Mobile (2008) and BlackBerry (2008)

This side-scrolling platformer is based on the movie The Dark Knight. You guide Batman around Gotham on rooftops, alleys and...

Dark Legend SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1995), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Arcade (1995)

Dark Legend or Suiko Enbu (Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty) is a one-on-one 2D fighting set in medieval China and...

Dark Legions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

SSI's Dark Legions is a strategy/action game similar to Archon and its remake Archon Ultra.An action/strategy game, in Dark Legions...

Darklight Conflict DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

A space combat game like Wing Commander; you control space ship, as the lone man trying to save humanity from...

Darkman Amiga Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Based on the film by Sam Raimi. You play Peyton Westlake, returned from the dead as the many faced "Darkman",...

Dark Matter Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence,...

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