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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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Sharp X1 (1987)

Euphory is a medieval-themed action game with light role-playing elements. The protagonists of the game are the brother and sister...

Eureka! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Eureka! consists of a series of graphic adventure games set across various points in history. The game has you hunting...

Windows (2005)

EuroCops is a third-person shooter where the player takes a task force of three people through six European countries including...

Eurofighter Typhoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Eurofighter Typhoon is the successor to Total Air War.In a near feature,and in a surprising move, Russia quickly invades the...

Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker is an extended version of Eurofighter Typhoon. Besides all the original content it includes the new...

European 5-A-Side Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Five a side football is played indoors, in a walled arena which causes the ball to rebound at an angle...

European Football Champ Commodore 64 Front Cover

SNES (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and Arcade (1990)

European Football Champ was released to coincide with the 1992 European Championships. The game scrolls horizontally at a slight angle,...

Europe Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Caesar, a former top driver, now organizes illegal car races and invites the player to join Europe Racer, a race...

Windows (2010)

Euthanasia is a first person horror game in which the player takes on the role of Shaun Randall. Shaun Randall...

Windows (2009)

It begins with a simple electrical fault and leads to the total destruction of a building and a mad dash...

Atari ST (1993)

Evasion 2 is a maze game where you have to collect all the dots before the time runs out. To...

Evasive Action DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

An interesting flight sim that takes you through four world wars. This sim allows you to flight historically accurate planes...

DOS (1994)

Evasive Maneuvers is a single player side-scrolling shareware game similar in style to Defender. The player has control of a...

Evergrace PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

A young swordsman named Darius and a homemaker named Sharline grew up together in Solta, one of the villages in...

Eversion Windows Front Cover Steam release

Windows (2008)

Eversion was made for the TIGSource Commonplace Book competition inspired by the line sounds - possibly musical - heard in...

Eversion Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2013)

This is an updated version of the original Eversion game. Unlike the first version it is not offered for free....

Everyday Shooter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PSP (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Everyday Shooter is an abstract shooter by Jonathan Mak released through the PlayStation network. Although seemingly a top-down arcade shooter,...

Windows (2004)

An interesting freeware game from Japanese software house OMEGA, Every Extend is a top-down action game (over a 3D background)...

Every Extend Extra PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Every Extend Extra is a remake of the popular freeware game Every Extend and in all main aspects of gameplay...

Windows (2008)

Everyone Loves Active 2 is a fast, colourful and hectic shooter made for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. As such,...

Everyone's A Wally (The Life of Wally) Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Wally Week's third game introduces us to more members of his gang. As well as his lady Wilma, his mates...

Evil Core: The Fallen Cities Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In the year 20,000 AD humans have long since moved away from the planet Earth to a mysterious planet called...

Evil Days of Luckless John Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Evil Days of Luckless John is a mix of genres, having the point and click adventures as a main reference....

Evil Dead iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Evil Dead is a twin-stick, 3D hack & slash game based on the 1981 horror movie of the same name....

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Ash returns for another round of killing, slashing and destroying the undead.On this occasion, with a brand new story based...

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