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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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Darfur is Dying Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

A high-profile activist game, here the player is cast as a refugee in the troubled Darfur region of the Sudan....

Darius+ Atari ST Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1990), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1987)

Darius was Taito's effort to compete in the arcades against the likes of R-Type and Gradius. Technically impressive, it featured...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

One of the rarest games for the PC Engine, Darius Alpha was only offered to those who bought both the...

PSP (2009)

Darius Burst for PSP is the first new entry in the Darius-series since G-Darius (released in 2002). The plot is...

Darius Gaiden Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1995) and Arcade (1994)

Take command of your Silverhawk fighters once again as you battle to take back the planet Darius from the evil...

Darius R Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Darius R is a Japan-only remake of the original Darius for the GBA. It places you in the cockpit of...

Darius Twin Wii Front Cover

SNES (1991) and Wii (2010)

The evil alliance under the leadership of Belser is attacking your world; as pilot of a Silver Hawk fighter, your...

Dark Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Dark is an abstract, atmospheric puzzle-platformer that takes place in several very dark environments. The player controls what appears to...

DARK Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

The protagonist of DARK is Eric Bane, a guy who was bitten by a vampire and lost his memory. Unfortunately...

Dark Abyss Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Dark Abyss is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up game. Player is a spaceship pilot. The aim of the game is...

Arcade (1987)

Dark Adventure is 2D top-down arcade action game, similar to Gauntlet. The player can "choose" (by changing the position at...

DOS (1991)

You are the prince and heir to the land's greatest kingdom. Garth, a wizard of immense power and greed, banished...

Dark Angael Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Dark Angael is a 2D run-and-gun platform game with a mystical fantasy theme. In this game you play as Carina,...

Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse is a 3D action-role-playing game set in the seventeenth century, where you play as Anna, a...

Windows (2005)

The main character wakes up in a mysterious hospital. He doesn't remember who he was. Now he must survive real...

Dark Arena Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

You are the leader of the special operations, and it is up to you to find your way out of...

Dark Arms: Beast Buster 1999 Neo Geo Pocket Color Front Cover

Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

Dark Arms: Beast Buster 1999 is a RPG for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. It's a spin-off from the arcade...

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), Macintosh (1997) and BeOS (1997)

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

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