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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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Dog's Life PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In Dog's Life you play Jake the puppy, as he explores the USA in an attempt to foil a fiendish...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Dogs of War sets you as a freelance mercenary soldier available to take on a range of missions. These include...

Amiga (1992)

Control Dojo Dan through twenty massive multi-directional-scrolling levels of platforms, pickups and hand to hand combat in your quest to...

Dreamcast (2002)

Idol Star Seeker Remix is the first independent release from developer G.rev Ltd., the game differs quite a bit from...

DOS (1995)

Dokkaebi-ga Ganda is a Korean-made colorful platform game. The player can choose to control either of the two little kobold...

Dolphin Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Dolphin is a side scrolling action game. You control a dolphin that is being chased by a giant sea squid....

Arcade (2003)

Sammy's flagship run n' gun game for the Atomiswave arcade board. Dolphin Blue stars two commandos and their dolphin who...

The Dolphin's Pearl Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

This is an unusual action/puzzle game in which the player controls a dolphin. The player must first learn to swim...

Doman: Grzechy Ardana Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1995)

Doman: Grzechy Ardana (Doman: Ardan's Sins) is a brutal beat 'em up which tells the story of Doman, a Slavic...

Dominator Atari ST Front Cover

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

Dominator is a classic shooter game. You're in control of a small spaceship and have once again to save the...

Domino Rally Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Domino Town is full of citizens, each with their own problems. Here to help is Minon, an amazing superhero! Minon...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In spite of what the name might imply, Dominos is not an adaptation of the tile-laying game Dominoes, but in...

Domokun no Fushigi Terebi Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A meteorite destroys Usaji's television satellite, causing Domo-kun to become frustrated at their now non-functional TV. After hitting it several...

NES (1988)

This game, which was never released outside of Japan, is all about the fast food clown Ronald McDonald (Donald McDonald...

Don Bluth Presents Dragon's Lair 20th Anniversary Special Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This anniversary compilation includes: Dragon's Lair Dragon's Lair 2: TimeWarp Space Ace The games have been visually remastered and are...

Don Doko Don TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

NES (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1989)

In this game, you play a bearded dwarf whose girlfriend has been kidnapped and taken away to the dragon's castle,...

NES (1992)

A couple is getting married at a wedding chapel, but the wedding is ruined when a bat comes over and...

Windows (2005)

Dönermafia (Gold Edition) is an extended version of Dönermafia: Korrekte Wirtschafts-Action mit alles!. It features an improved economical system, a...

Windows (2004)

Dönermafia is basically a tycoon game with arcade elements. The player manages a kebab restaurant, expands it and ultimately takes...

Windows (2002)

Donggeul Donggeul Haerongi is a Korean-made game based on the Japanese manga Hero-Hero-kun, which recounts the adventures of elementary school...

Amiga (2014)

Donkey Downfall is an anti-platformer, where your goal is not to jump up to the next platform, but to fall....

PC-88 (1983)

The year is 1983. Your helicopter has had to make an emergency landing in Africa, but you've landed in an...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Donkey King is one of those shameless Donkey Kong clones, for systems that never received an official port. For those...

Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1982), Intellivision (1982), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1986), VIC-20 (1983), TI-99/4A (1983), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (2007), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1981)

Released in the arcades in 1981, Donkey Kong was not only Nintendo's first real smash hit for the company, but...

Donkey Kong Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

The big ape has returned in this update of the classic Nintendo arcade game. Although at first it appears to...

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