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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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Windows (1998)

Descent: FreeSpace - Darkness Rising is a truncated demo version of Descent: Freespace - The Great War, containing only the...

Descent: Freespace - Silent Threat Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Silent Threat is an add-on for Descent: Freespace. It features 2 new ships, 4 new weapons, and 40 new missions.After...

Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Amiga (2001)

As a pilot in the Gallactic Terran Alliance (GTA), you've known the Vasudans as the enemy for a long time....

Descent I and II: The Definitive Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This is a compilation of the games Descent, Descent: Levels of the World, Descent II, Descent II: Vertigo Series, and...

Descent II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

The second Descent game features new levels, new weapons and new robot enemies. It also comes with helpful ideas for...

Descent II: Destination Quartzon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

This is a special version exclusively delivered as bundled software with hardware such as the Logitech WingMan Extreme products and...

Descent II: The Infinite Abyss DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

A double-CD pack of Descent II (complete with 3dfx and Rendition graphics card patches) and its Vertigo Series expansion.

DOS (1996)

An extras pack released after the success of Descent II, Vertigo Series adds 23 missions and, as a bonus, provides...

Descent: Levels of the World DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

This add-on has more than 100 all-new authorized Descent levels created by fans and judged as the best by Computer...

Descent Maximum PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Descent Maximum took the best parts of the original Descent and Descent II for the PC and adapted them to...

Descent to Undermountain DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

In the city of Waterdeep, people are inexplicably disappearing. In this game, you are asked to descend into Undermountain to...

Descent Venture Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (2001) and Windows (2001)

The Descent Venture Pack combines the original Descent trilogy and the expansion packs of the second and third game in...

Desert Demolition Starring Road Runner and  Wile E. Coyote Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Play either the Road Runner OR Wile E. Coyote in this unique side-scroller that is just like an interactive Saturday...

Desert Falcon Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1987), Atari 7800 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1988)

Desert Falcon is an arcade style shooter. Many of the Pharaoh's great treasures are lost throughout the desert, and your...

Desert Fox Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Desert Fox is a strategy/action mix set in World War II. The player takes the role of tank commander Lone...

Desert Hawk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Desert Hawk is a 2D-side-scroller shoot-em-up similar to Choplifter!- The player's mission is to fly a military helicopter behind enemy...

Desert Isle TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1982)

It sounds peaceful, doesn't it? Lonely, even. Imagine just yourself on a desert isle in the middle of the ocean....

Desert Racing of BarDos Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (2005)

The desert planet of BarDos is not a friendly planet, but that is exactly why it is sought out by...

J2ME (2004)

In Desert Rally, you ride a bike in a single desert track race, while fighting the four other riders with...

Desert Speedtrap starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This is a platform game starring Looney Tunes famous Road Runner(who you control) and nemesis Wile E. Coyote. Road Runner...

DOS (1994)

This game is a compilation of four different arcade games with common idea - US operation in Middle East. First-person...

Desert Strike and Jungle Strike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Combo budget re-release of Electronic Arts' helicopter action game Desert Strike and its follow-up Jungle Strike.

Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Game Boy (1995), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Lynx (1993), Amiga (1993), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1992) and BlackBerry (2013)

The first game in the Strike series. A year after the Gulf War, a self-styled general named Kilbaba (Muababa in...

Desert Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Desert Thunder is a arcade style third person tank combat game. The eight mission campaign places you in the top...

Amiga (1996)

Desert Wolf is an action simulation game. The player is a fighter pilot. The game is divided into a number...

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