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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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NES (1983)

A compilation cart featuring: Donkey Kong Junior Donkey Kong Jr. Math (just the +-x÷ Exercise mode from this game).

Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2008)

After the Donkey Konga games, Nintendo thought of a novelty use for the DK Bongos device. In Jungle Beat, you...

Donkey Kong Junior Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Intellivision (1983), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1983), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1982)

Mario has kidnapped Junior's Papa!Donkey Kong Jr. was originally released in the arcades in 1982 as a sequel to Donkey...

Donkey Kong Land Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

In a modifiication of Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong teams up with his buddy Diddy for new adventures and gorilla...

Donkey Kong Land 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1996) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

In Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong has been captured by the evil Kaptain K. Rool, leaving it up to...

Donkey Kong Land III Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1997), Game Boy Color (2000) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

DK and Diddy Kong have left in search of The Lost World after hearing of a contest to find it...

Wii (2010) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Donkey Kong: Original Edition is an attempt to take the Nintendo Entertainment System port of Donkey Kong and make it...

Donkey Xote Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and PlayStation 2 (2008)

Donkey Xote is a tie-in game for the animated movie Donkey Xote. It tells the adventures of Don Quixote as...

Donk!: The Samurai Duck Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Donk is an ordinary duck who benefits from having been raised by samurai warriors, who've taught him everything they know...

DonPachi PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1995)

DonPachi is a 1995 vertical manic shoot-'em-up originally in arcades and was the first game from the developer Cave. Settings...

Don't Buy This ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Five games submitted to Firebird for evaluation (and potentially marketing) were collated in this collection, and as the title suggests,...

Don't Look Back Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), Browser (2009), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Don't Look Back is a moody platformer, entirely drawn in a colour palette of black and red, with parallels to...

Don't Starve Linux Front Cover Steam release

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Wilson, a gentleman scientist, has been trapped in a mysterious wilderness world. To survive, Wilson must learn to tame the...

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

Doodle Bug is a clone of the arcade game, Lady Bug, itself a close relative of the original Pac-Man. Just...

Doodlebug: Bug Bash II iPad Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Side-scrolling platform in a very colourful cartoony style. Your aim as the "Doodlebug" is to make your way through five...

Doodle Find iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

How many objects can you find in 90 seconds? Doodle Find tests your observation skills and reflexes to find out....

Doodle Hex Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Doodle Hex is a fast-paced puzzle fighter for the Nintendo DS. Play the role of a student wizard at the...

Doodle Jump iPhone Front Cover

BREW (2010), J2ME (2010), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2010), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2011)

The goal of Doodle Jump is simple: get as high as possible. There's no real end - just death. The...

doodle jump: HOP The Movie iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

doodle jump: HOP The Movie is a vertically-scrolling platform game similar to the original Doodle Jump and featuring characters and...

Doofus Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1993)

Doofus is like a reverse Sleepwalker - you play a simpleton (hence the title) and must get through a series...

DOOM DOS Front Cover

Linux (1994), DOS (1993), Windows (1995), Game Boy Advance (2001), SNES (1996), Jaguar (1994), SEGA 32X (1994), 3DO (1996) and PC-98 (1994)

The Union Aerospace Corporation has been experimenting with teleportation technology on Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos. After early successes, something...

DOOM PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

This release of DOOM is based on The Ultimate DOOM and DOOM II: Hell on Earth and contains most of...

DOS (1996)

DOOM 2D is, as the name suggests, a 2D game styled after DOOM. Most of the graphics and sounds are...

DOOM³ Windows Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004), Xbox (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

The third game of the DOOM series which takes gamers through the depths of Hell where technology and demons meet.You...

DOOM³: BFG Edition Windows Front Cover

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

DOOM³: BFG Edition includes: DOOM³ (base game) DOOM³: Resurrection of Evil (expansion) A new campaign called The Lost Mission, featuring...

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