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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Dactylus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

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

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Dad 'n Me Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

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DOS (1995)

Daehyeoljeon (Great Fighter) is a Korean-made versus fighting game. There are only two modes in the game: one player versus...

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

Daemon Summoner is a first person shooter that takes place in 1888, during the Victorian era of England. Players take...

Daemon Vector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2004)

Daemon Vector is set in medieval times where European adventurers recover artifacts from Asia. Now one of these artifacts turns...

Daffy Duck Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994)

Daffy Duck dons the futuristic outfit of Duck Dodgers, hero of the 24½th century, to battle his nemesis Marvin the...

Daffy Duck: "Fowl Play" Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

In Daffy Duck: Fowl Play, Daffy is in search of a hidden treasure that Bugs Bunny told him about. Unfortunately,...

Daffy Duck in Hollywood Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Yosemite Sam calls on Detective Daffy Duck to attempt to retrieve his precious golden movie awards. Mad Professor Duckbrain has...

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

The Looney Tunes platformer Daffy Duck in Hollywood received a unique version for Sega's 8-bit systems. While similar in story,...

DOS (1991)

Based on the famous Looney Tunes cartoon characters, the game is educational action for the kids.You are Daffy Duck, and...

Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Based on Chuck Jones' Looney Tunes character, Daffy Duck, Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions sees Daffy in his quirky "Duck...

Dagger's Rage Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1995)

Dagger's Rage is a sci-fi action adventure that tries to capitalize on the market made popular by games like Elite...

Dahna: Megami Tanjō Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

Dahna: Megami Tanjō (Dahna: Birth of a Goddess) is a beat'em up with some RPG elements. The player controls Dahna...

Windows (2009)

Daisy Goes Solo is a series of two adventure-platform games inspired by the original Dizzy series. This time it features...

DaisyPop iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2014)

DaisyPop presents the player with a screen full of drifting flowers and meandering insects. Tapping a flower or insect pauses...

DAIVA Story 6: Nirsartia no Gyokuza NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

DAIVA Story 6: Nirsartia no Gyokuza is the sixth game in the DAIVA saga. Like the other games in this...

Dalek Attack Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

In this game you play the role of the Doctor from the BBC science fiction program Doctor Who. The story...

Daley Thompson's Super-Test ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

This game features a variety of sporting events in the second game licensed around the Decathlon champion. Each one has...

Amiga (1994) and Atari ST (1994)

In this follow up to Bomb'X you're a little Dick and your goal is to meet your girlfriends lost in...

Damage Incorporated Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1997)

Damage Incorporated is a first-person shooter which incorporates a number of real-time strategy game mechanics. The game is set in...

Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII is an arcade flying game that follows the major battles in the Pacific Theater of...

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This collector's edition includes: Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII Pacific AV8R FlightStick, a WWII combat aircraft inspired flight stick controller...

Damage San J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2004) and J2ME (2003)

Evil Lord Sumoo terrorizes Ancient Japan and two brothers decide to fight back: Damage and Kan. Kan is put under...

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