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

Prophecies from times of old predicted that in the Alpha Centauri sector there would be a great invasion from an...

Dogfight 2: The Great War Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dogfight 2: The Great War is the sequel to Dogfight: The Great War, but this time around the player takes...

DogFighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

DogFighter is an arcade aerial combat game consisting of single player levels as well as multiplayer maps where players gather...

D.O.G: Fight For Your Life DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

D.O.G. is a third-person shooter with vehicles and turrets to use. The game doesn't have a story, you just select...

Dogfight: The Great War Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dogfight: The Great War has the player take command of a Sopwith Camel during World War I in ten missions...

Oric (1984)

White Doggy is running on the linear forest road to reach his kennel. The screen scrolls from left to right...

Windows (2003)

Dogma is a 2D fighting game that is very similar to Street Fighter or Samurai Shodown.There are a total of...

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...

Doki Doki Penguin Land SG-1000 Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), MSX (1985), SG-1000 (1985) and Arcade (1985)

In Penguin Land, you must control a penguin trying to get his (her?) egg down to the bottom of the...

DOS (1995)

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

Dollar Dash Windows Front Cover

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

Dollar Dash is a fast-paced action game about heists. It can be played in single-player with bots, but is meant...

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,...

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