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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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Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Death Trap is a side-scrolling platform game with light puzzle-solving elements that usually don't go further than finding levers to...

Death Trap Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

You have been sent to deliver a message. Suddenly, you run into the giant ship IT. IT doesn't want that...

Death vs. Monstars Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Death vs. Monstars you control a shooting skull that fights massive amounts of enemies. Divided into ten levels, the...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The war over The Homeland is on the brink of being lost by the Allies as The Enemy hold the...

Death Wish 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The actor Charles Bronson played the iconic role of vigilante Paul Kersey in 5 movies where he takes the law...

Death Worm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

If you've ever secretly harboured a desire to snap up entire elephants in a single bite, Death Worm, more Shai-Hulud...

de Blob J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), iPhone (2008), BlackBerry (2009) and Android (2009)

de Blob is the mobile version of the 2008 de Blob console game of the same name, and a reimagening...

de Blob Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

The evil I.N.K.T. Corporation has invaded Chroma City, using their machines to suck the color out of the environment and...

de Blob 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

de Blob 2's story starts off with the central location, Prisma City, and its upcoming general election following the events...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Debris is a simple action game in which the player must prevent a wall from being destroyed in a sort-of...

Debris Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Debris is an Asteroids clone for Windows. Players control a ship that can be moved around freely in a single-screen...

Debrysis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Debrysis is a futuristic arena shooter reminiscent of Robotron: 2084 and Mutant Storm. With five available arenas, players control a...

Windows (2008)

Debugger was developed for the 2008 Toronto Game Jam and won second place. As the competition's theme was cheese in...

Début Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A planet sits on the verge of environmental disaster. It's the player's job to find the sources and shut them...

DEcapAttack Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Genesis (1991)

In this game you play as Chuck D. Head, the product of a mad, but benevolent, scientist. Chuck looks a...

Deceptor Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

In this futuristic arcade-action 2D-isometric-looking game you slip into the role of the DECEPTOR on your quest to discover what...

Browser (2001)

Deckball is an action sports game from the Neopets virtual pet website. It can be played with the computer or...

Windows (2007)

Decobliss is a very untypical shoot'em up. Player's ship moves on a curved rail - can move only right or...

DOS (1986)

How far can you make it in this game of mazes? The object of the game is to move your...

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

In Deep Black the player takes the role of an expert force specialised in undersea combat. The protagonist is up...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Aliens are invading the ocean and have mutated the fish and other aquatic beings! But an A.N.G.E.L. Fish Attack Sub...

The Deep Cave Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A young boy named Pi has stumbled across a cave. An eerie light from somewhere below calls him downward, and...

Deep Core Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

An underwater nuclear research base has been invaded by a hostile craft. Captain Dawnrazer is sent in to wipe up...

Deep Duck Trouble starring Donald Duck Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Donald meets Hewey, Dewey and Louie, back from their latest adventure with Uncle Scrooge. But Uncle Scrooge has been cursed...

Deep Fear SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

All contact is lost with a submarine on a routine mission which then crashes into an underwater facility. The occupants...

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