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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Deathmatch Classic Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2013)

Deathmatch Classic is a pure multiplayer game, designed as a tribute to id Software and the multiplayer gameplay in its...

Deathmatch Maker Windows Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

As the developer suggests, Deathmatch Maker is "the first Quake level editor authorized by id Software". What made it special...

Deathmatch Maker 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Deathmatch Maker II or DMM2 is a Quake II level building editor with simple drag and drop functionality. This second...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

New Stratford is under attack from a huge fleet of alien craft, and it is your job to shoot them...

Death Race NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Death Race is seemingly inspired by the Sylvester Stallone movie Death Race 2000 released 15 years before this game. The...

Windows (2004)

This is a fan attempt, using the program DarkBASIC and from memory, to recreate the 1976 arcade game from Exidy...

Death Race VIC-20 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), VIC-20 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In this racing game you control your racing car through different screens during night and day at high speeds. You...

Death Rally DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (2009)

Death Rally is a top-down racing game where the player can rely on more than speed to be the number...

Death Rally Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Death Rally is a remake of the racing game of the same name from the nineties. Just like the original...

ZX81 (1995)

Deathrider is a light cycle game where one player competes against the computer. The player has to steer his bike...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Death River is a top view horizontal shooter that scrolls constantly from right to left, and your mission in your...

Deathrow Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Deathrow is a brutal fighting sport where the fastest, toughest players are victorious and the slow and weak are defeated....

Deathscape Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Deathscape is a space "rail" shooter with an FPS perspective. "Deathscape" is the name of special arena, where gladiators of...

Deathsmiles Android Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009), iPhone (2011), Android (2013) and Arcade (2007)

Gilverado is a curious mystical kingdom of magic, monsters, and lost souls. Recently, overwhelming numbers of demonic creatures have appeared...

Deathsmiles: Deluxe Edition Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

This Deluxe Edition contains: Deathsmiles Original Soundtrack Desktop accessories disc with: Wallpapers Icons Pointers Screensavers Japanese game trailer Already includes...

Deathsmiles (Limited Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

This limited edition box set includes: Deathsmiles "Premium Arrange" soundtrack Xbox 360 faceplate

DeathSpank Macintosh Front Cover

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

DeathSpank is an action role-playing game by game designer Ron Gilbert. Described by Gilbert as 'Monkey Island meets Diablo', DeathSpank...

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Windows Front Cover

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

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue is the sequel to DeathSpank. It was also created by Ron Gilbert and follows a similar...

ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Death Stalker is 2D platform/adventure game. The player controls a mysterious man wearing a priest's robe and is armed with...

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

DeathStar is a clone of Sinistar with identical gameplay. Players command a ship in space with the backdrop scrolling endlessly...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The last post of humanity in the Galaxy is on a planet on the edge called Earth, and the evil...

Atari ST (1987) and Sinclair QL (1987)

Deathstrike is a clone of Scramble. The player controls a futuristic aircraft, bombing and shooting enemy objects on ground and...

Death Sword DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), Atari 8-bit (1992), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), iPhone (2012), BBC Micro (1988), Electron (1988) and iPad (2012)

The evil magician Drax is terrorizing the jeweled city and cast a spell over the beautiful princess Marina who is...

Death Tank Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Death Tank mixes the gameplay of Scorched Earth and the Worms series with tanks. The game is set on a...

Death to Spies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Death to Spies is a third-person shooter with a focus on stealth. The story is told as a series of...

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