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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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MSX (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1985) and Tomy Tutor (1983)

In the opening sequence of Donpan, you see a girl whose balloon floats away, caught by the wind. That balloon...

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...

DOOM³ (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

The Limited Collector's Edition has a metal box cover and includes: The Ultimate DOOM DOOM II: Hell on Earth DOOM³...

DOOM³: Resurrection of Evil Windows Front Cover

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

In this expansion pack for DOOM³, return to the devastated facilities on Mars (where the unexplained disaster took place two...

DOOM 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

DOOM 64 picks up where all the other DOOM games left off. After tearing through space, hell, and wherever else...

DOOM Collector's Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This collector's edition is a compilation of the following titles: Doom II: Hell on Earth Final DOOM The Ultimate DOOMIt...

Windows (2007)

Relive the classic B movie in Doomed Planet, where the player controls a civilians-abducting UFO. Played in a short side-scrolling...

DOOM II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (1995), Game Boy Advance (2002), Zodiac (2004), Macintosh (1995) and PC-98 (1995)

In this sequel to the original Doom, you play the same hero - the last remaining space marine. After having...

DOOM II Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A port of the PC's Doom II: Hell on Earth, the Xbox Live Arcade version includes all 32 levels of...

Doom Rails Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Doom Rails is a fast-paced shooter in carts racing on the rails of amusement park rides, created by a character...

DOOM Resurrection iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

The year is 2145. Sometime in June, at approximately 21:00 hours UMT, something went very wrong on Mars. At the...

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