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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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Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Professor R. Szymanski has injected an accelerator and DNA into your brain to make you more intelligent. Just as the...

Doc the Destroyer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Centuries of pollution have destroyed the environment, causing the few survivors to live beneath the energy dome - outside of...

Amiga (1992)

In this game you get to take control of the Doctor and try to find the key to time. The...

Doctor Who: Destiny of the Doctors Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Destiny of the Doctors is an science fiction action game based on the cult sci-fi series. The story spans over...

Browser (2013)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who TV series Google Inc. presented a short game on their front...

BBC Micro (1983)

This first licensed game based on the longest-running television sci-fi series (starting in 1963) features the fifth doctor, Peter Davidson,...

The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

The Document of Metal Gear Solid 2 is a "making-of" documentary of Metal Gear Solid 2 for the PS2. An...

Dodge 'Em Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980)

You control a race car on a four lane track, and your goal is to collect all of the dots...

Apple II (1982)

At the top of your screen you see a mother ship. It is your mission to shoot this mother ship,...

DOS (1991)

Dodgem is a shareware, single-player game in which the player navigates their spaceship over the surface of a planet avoiding...

Dodgeman 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Dodgeman 2 is the sequel to 1999 Windows game Dodgeman. Players control Dodgeman in an effort to stop the nefarious...

PlayStation (1998)

Participate in the thrilling sport of the Dodgem Elite League.Dodgem Arena is a futuristic racing game that takes place in...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Dodger is a game in the style of Pac-Man. In Pac-Man the player has to eat all the dots from...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Dodge Racer is a simple arcade game, created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in...

Dodger Down iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Dodger Down is a fast-paced action game with retro visuals that challenges the player's ability to dodge, adapt, and collect....

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Do-Do is a rather slow-paced clone of Sega's Pengo. You're a man in the middle of a screen filled with...

DoDonPachi PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), SEGA Saturn (1997), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1997)

DoDonPachi is Cave's sequel to their 1995 arcade release DonPachi. Like its predecessor, DoDonPachi is a vertical-scrolling and military- and...

Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Arcade (2002)

A PS2 port of the fourth installment of the Donpachi series, originally developed by Cave. It follows the same pattern...

DoDonPachi Resurrection Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

DoDonPachi Resurrection is a mobile port of version 1.5 of DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu, the fifth game in the 'bullet hell' vertically...

Doeo Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

In Doeo players have to catch all of the rampant Doeo as they wreak havoc over everything. To do this,...

Amiga (1990)

Dogfight is a two-player game with roots in the same primordial soup as Atari's Combat and other basic dogfighting games.The...

Odyssey (1972)

Dogfight is part of the Shooting Gallery add-on for the Odyssey. It requires the supplied rifle accessory, and game card...

Atari ST (1990)

Dogfight is, as the name suggests, a dogfighting game for one or two players. Player one starts on the left...

Dogfight 1942 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Dogfight 1942 is 3D arcade combat flight simulator in World War II time. In the game, the player fights in...

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...

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