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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 Vengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1998)

In the world of Amagar, a magical spell has caused a disastrous solar eclipse. In its wake come the return...

Dark Void Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

It already started to be a bad day for William, owner of a struggling cargo delivery operations, as his old...

Dark Void Zero Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), iPhone (2010) and Nintendo DSi (2010)

Originally conceived as an April Fool's parody, Dark Void Zero is a spin off of Airtight Games' original Dark Void....

Windows (2003)

Dark Wars is a 2D side-scrolling shooter where the player controls a soldier who has to defeat a dark army....

Darkwatch PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

The Darkwatch is an ancient organization hell-bent on destroying evil in the world. They have just captured the vampire lord...

Darkwind: War on Wheels Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Darkwind: War on Wheels is a wargame in a persistent world that is best described as a hybrid game, taking...

DOS (1991)

Darts is a (shareware) computer version of the semi-organized darts leagues of America and England, adopting rules often used in...

Darwin 4081 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Lakya is a technologically-advanced civilization on a planet far from our own galaxy. The planet's inhabitants have unknowingly unleashed the...

Darwinia Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

In Introversion's second sci-fi computer-themed game, you once again find yourself as a hacker. Unlike Uplink, however, Darwinia focuses on...

Darwin the Monkey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Poor Darwin. The evil jungle frogs have stolen all his bananas. Darwin must get knee-deep in action and get his...

SEGA 32X (1995)

One of the last 32X games released (and exclusively in Europe), DarXide is a 3-D space shooter, inspired in part...

Darxide EMP Windows Mobile Front Cover

Windows Mobile (2003) and Symbian (2003)

Darxide EMP is a space shooter. The game is played over 16 missions of increasing difficulty. Shooting enemies gives an...

Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Shifting from an adventure series to a tactical simulator, SWAT puts you in command of a member on a swat...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Das Geheimnis der Happy Hippo Insel ("The Secret of Happy Hippo Island") is based on the Happy Hippo toy figures...

Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

You are Dash Galaxy, a fearless space explorer. You have just landed on a strange, alien planet thousands of light...

Genesis (1993)

Two cowboys try to win a girl's heart by racing each other in side-scrolling run-and-jump obstacle courses. The first to...

Amiga (1993)

A German advergame published by the Sparkasse a credit institute using characters from the KNAX comics. These are some kind...

Das süße Eisbär-Baby Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Since 2007 Germany's boulevard papers have a new favourite subject: an polar bear baby named Knut who lives in a...

Atari 8-bit (1984)

Das Thera-med Zahnschutz-Spiel (German for "The Thera-med toothpaste game") is an 1-player action game based on the German toothpaste "Thera-med"...

Das Überleben Dem Großen Sprung Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Überleben is a BASE jumping / skydiving game in which players plummet downwards through a dangerous cave-like environment, aiming to...

Data East's Arcade Alley Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Compilation package containing a selection for Data East's own conversions to home computers of their original arcade coin-op games.Featured titles:...

Data Jammers: FastForward Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Data Jammers: FastForward is a fast-paced action game where the player controls D.O.O.D. (Digital Operative, Optical Data), a type of...

Datastorm Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

The Defender gameplay was the basis for this shoot 'em up, with a horizontally-scrolling landscape which eventually loops back on...

DOS (1982)

A game of maze navigation in text mode graphics: guide your vehicle from the bottom right of the screen towards...

Windows (2010)

Dave: Accelerate is an action game, a fan game inspired by the webcomic "Homestuck". The game recreates one of the...

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