Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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 (2004), Palm OS (2006), Windows Mobile (2006), Symbian (2008) and Macintosh (2007)

Digital Eel's Big Box of Blox is a column stacking game gone berserk!The game is quick to learn. Carefully arrange...

Digitale Hühnerjagd Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Digitale Hühnerjagd is a shooter based on the browser game Sumpfhuhn and similar to Moorhuhn. The player shoots chickens which...

Windows (2011)

Digmaan is a first-person shooter made with FPS Creator set in the future after a large war. Earth has been...

Dig to China Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Many a child believes that if only they dig for long enough, they'll make their way to China. This game...

Dilbert's Desktop Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

This game, part of the Desktop Toys series, features characters from Scott Adams' popular Dilbert comic strip engaged in a...

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

On the dusty plains of the new frontier, fearsome rock monsters are attacking the villages and stealing their livestock. It's...

Arcade (2000)

Dimahoo is a 2D vertical-scrolling shoot'em up, the third game in a series of games developed by Raizing, the other...

Dime City DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Dime City, a fictitious American town in the last 30 years of the last century, is the scene of this...

PC-88 (1985)

Epsilon3 is a sci-fi shooter with role-playing elements. The inhabitants of the planet Mu are planning to eradicate all organic...

Dimension M: Evolver Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Dimension M: Evolver puts you in the role of a scientist who has just arrived on Xeno island. You have...

DOS (1995)

Dimensions for Descent is the first commercial collection of extra levels for Descent, over 75 levels created by Descent maniacs....

Atari 8-bit (1984)

As a warrior of the Dimension X you are descended on Jaraloba planet to defend it from Rigillians. The planet...

Intellivision (1987)

In this unofficial sequel to the arcade game BurgerTime, the Rotten Foods (Hot Dogs, Cherries, Bananas, and their leader Mugsy,...

Diner Dash Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), BREW (2006), J2ME (2006), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2005), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2010) and iPhone (2008)

Bored with her dreary job in the office, Flo starts up her dream job -- running her very own restaurant....

Diner Dash 2: Restaurant Rescue Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2006), Windows Mobile (2009), Macintosh (2006), BlackBerry (2009) and Android (2009)

The news is dire. Mr. Big has tripled the rent on the local restaurants in an effort to push them...

Diner Dash 5: BOOM! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Diner Dash 5: BOOM! is one of the games in the Diner Dash series.After long time protagonist Flo's fat-free restaurant...

Diner Dash: Flo on the Go Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2006), BREW (2009), J2ME (2009), Macintosh (2006) and BlackBerry (2009)

Flo is back, but this time, she is on vacation. Join Flo as she works as a waitress while on...

Diner Dash: Hometown Hero Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Flo is going back to her hometown for a journey through her childhood memories with her grandmother, Grandma Florence. But...

Diner Dash: Seasonal Snack Pack Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Flo takes a journey in her memories while looking in a album. The Coral Love Café with Cookie during summer,...

Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and PSP (2007)

Diner Dash: Sizzle & Serve is an update and conversion from the popular casual Diner Dash arcade series on the...

Dink SmallWood Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2010), iPad (2010) and webOS (2011)

Play Dink Smallwood in this hack-and-slash style role-playing game. When Dink's world gets swarmed with monsters, the player must stand...

J2ME (2004)

Dino Adventure is a simple arcade game. Because of global warming, the arctic is slowly losing its chill. Scientists and...

Dino and Aliens Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Xbox (2005)

A flying saucer lands in Dino's garden where he grows all his fruit, and unleashes a horde of aliens. They...

Windows (2012)

Dinocalypse is a third-person shooter with elements of tower defence games. The player takes the role of the Commander who...

SNES (1992)

Timmy and his friend, Jaime go into Timmy's father's lab to watch a movie on the big screen. Little do...

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