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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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Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), SAM Coupé (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters has the player sent on a rescue mission to Planet X. This...

Windows (2010)

Escape from the Underworld is a platformer with a large focus on exploration. It was made for the Indie Kombat...

Escape Goat Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2013) and Browser (2012)

Escape Goat is a puzzle platformer where a goat needs to reach the exit in different rooms that each consists...

Escape Plan PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012) and PlayStation 4 (2013)

Escape Plan is a black-and-white side-scrolling platformer based entirely around solving puzzles. In the game, the player controls the flimsy...

escapeVektor PS Vita Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Vektor is a hacker who has been trapped in the CPU of the system for longer than he remembers and...

Escape Velocity Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1996)

Escape Velocity is an open-ended, role-playing arcade game set in a future where interstellar space travel has allowed mankind to...

Escape Velocity Nova Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

In Escape Velocity Nova (EVN) the player takes the role of a starship captain, warping from system to system, trading...

Macintosh (1998)

This space trading simulation sequel uses extended features of the original game engine. It has a new story in a...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Eskimo Eddie is an arcade adventure set in the Ice Age. The game is split into two levels. The first...

The Eskimo Fishing Trip Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Eskimo Fishing Trip is a freeware, open-source arcade game where the main objective is to use a fishing rod...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Eskimo Games takes the winter sports multi-event format and emphasises the winter rather than the sports. Operation Snowball is similar...

Esoteria: Techno-Assassin of the Future Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Esoteria is a third person shooter, with emphasis on stealth and sniping. This is the only game that made it...

PC-98 (1994)

E.S.P. is a side-scrolling shooter. There is no plot in the game - the player controls a robot-like flying device,...

Esper Dream NES Front Cover

NES (1987), Wii (2007) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Brick Town, a town within a storybook, is in peril! Evil forces have descended upon the land and kidnapped the...

Esper Dream 2: Arata naru Tatakai NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

Far beyond our world, there's a world that resides in the books you read. But the five areas of the...

Espgaluda PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Espgaluda is a vertically scrolling shooter. You are given the option of controlling one of two siblings, Ageha (faster but...

Espial Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1984) and TI-99/4A (1984)

You are a space attack pilot flying at death range over a gigantic space ship. You must fight through the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Take on the world in 10 different events. Compete in two forms of Ski Jumping (K=90 and K=120), Alpine Skiing...

The Essential Selection: Flight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The Essential Selection: Flight is a compilation of three flight simulation games: Wings of Glory 1942: The Pacific Air War...

ESWAT: City under Siege Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1990) and Wii (2007)

The city is besieged by wanted criminals, and as a police officer it is your duty to stop them. The...

E-SWAT: Cyber Police SEGA Master System Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Crime is getting out of control in Liberty City, and to combat the problem, the LCPD establishes a new unit,...

Atari 2600 (2006)

This cart contains articles on the wisdom and secrets of E.T., an interview with, and an ode to, E.T. The...

Etch A Sketch Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Etch A Sketch is a platform game based on the classic drawing toy. The player must help Knobby, one of...

J2ME (2005)

E.T.Confrontation is an action game where you play as Dozer who works for a secret military force where scientist encode...

Eternal Champions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1993) and Wii (2007)

From various time periods of past, present and future, nine fighters killed in an unjust manner find themselves given a...

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