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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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Dropzone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Game Boy Color (1999), NES (1992), Game Gear (1994), Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Dropzone is basically a Defender variant, closely recreating the gameplay of the original Defender with its speedy scrolling and frantic...

Amiga (1990)

In Dr. Plummet's House of Flux the player has to man a small space ship to reach Dr. Plummet, a...

DOS (1996)

In the original game, you helped Dr. Rudy clean up his lab and get rid of all the viruses. However,...

Dr. Seuss Band iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Dr. Seuss Band is a music simulation game similar in style and gameplay to Guitar Hero. The player gets to...

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

The Whos in Whoville are fond of Christmas, but up on Mount Crumpit lives the green Grinch who despises the...

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Based on Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat, you play has the cheeky cat. There are all the original characters...

DOS (1988)

You're Restless Ralph Runabout, hunting for Dr. Sleeptite in his Nightmare Factory deep beneath the Mojave desert, where the mad...

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1996) and Arcade (1993)

Drug Wars is another in the long line of traditional American Laser Games arcade-conversion shooters. It's a straightforward point-and-click game...

Drug Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Drug Wars, originally released as Merchants of Brooklyn, is a violent first-person action game set in the future, in 3100...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

In this game you play the role of a teenager who is new to the big wide world. The gameplay...

Druid Commodore 64 Front Cover

NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Druid is an action game inspired by the arcade hit Gauntlet. As the eponymous hero, your job is to destroy...

Druid Soccer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Druid Soccer is a 2D arcade football game between two druids, for one or two players, shown from a fixed,...

Atari ST (1987)

Dr. Zock is a one player break-out game. You start the game with three balls and you get an extra...

DS Dengeki Bunko: Inukami! feat. Animation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Based off of the anime series of the same name, Inukami! is a visual novel with story, artwork, and voice...

Dstroy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Dstroy is a Bomberman-like game. There are several gameplay modes. This includes single player, cooperation, and deathmatch. Up to four...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Dstroy is Bomberman-like game, and a remake of the original Dstroy for DOS/Amiga for Windows, Linux, Nintendo DS, and Gp2X.The...

Dual Blades Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Dual Blades is a side-scrolling fighting game which takes place in 150 B.C amid the Hun Empire. The worlds greatest...

Dual Hearts PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Long, long ago, the real world and dream world were one and the same. But because of the dark thoughts...

Dual Heroes Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Battle to be the ultimate hero against as one of eight fighters, each with unique fighting style.Train a robot with...

Dual Zone Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Dual Zone is a fast-paced action game with space ships on a disc in space. In the Solo mode the...

Duck Guardian One Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

The people of Vexar VII are hungry! Solve their problem by guiding ducks onto a waiting spaceship—but first, they'll have...

Duck Hunt NES Front Cover

NES (1984), MSX (2004) and Arcade (1987)

Duck Hunt is a shooting simulation where the player goes out with his faithful dogs to hunt ducks. It requires...

DOS (1993)

Loosely inspired by Duck Hunt for the NES, for lack of a light gun this game instead demands an itchy...

Ducks Ahoy! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Ducks Ahoy! is a simple arcade game which takes place in Venice. On the screen you see some houses, the...

DuckTales: Remastered Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and Wii U (2013)

DuckTales: Remastered is an enhanced remake of DuckTales and just like in the original game the player controls the greedy...

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