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 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) and PlayStation 4 (2015)

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) and PlayStation 4 (2016)

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...

Dark Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Arkhan was born in a post-apocalyptic world and raised in a Stallite (Citadel of Light), one of the few places...

Arcade (1993)

Dark Edge is a 3D versus fighting game set in the twenty-fifth century in which the world is controlled by...

Darkened Skye Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The Skittles brand candies "Taste the Rainbow" ad campaign is the inspiration behind this action adventure game in which the...

Darker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this spaceflight 'simulator' / 3D shooter, your race (the Delphins) is sharing a far away planet with the Halons....

Darkest of Days Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

KronoteK has been founded to use their time-travel-technology to set things right with history - whatever that means. One thing's...

Darkfall Windows Front Cover The slipcase cover of the 2009 Greek retail box

Windows (2009)

Darkfall is a fantasy-themed 'sandbox'-style massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. It differs from the majority of its peers by featuring...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Dark Fusion is a single player side scrolling space based shoot-em-up.The 'Dark Fusion' of the title refers to a game...

Dark Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Dark Horizon is a futuristic dogfight flight simulation set in space. The game takes place in the Enosta universe, where...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

It is the mid-22nd century in the Dark Horizons universe when the Federated States and Eastern Confederation are in conflict...

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