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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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Effing Hail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Effing Hail takes place in a cartoonish representation of the environment, having the upper layers of the atmosphere (which go...

ZX Spectrum (2012)

Imps exist. Just beyond our limited perceptions and in numerous variety. Imps are responsible for your keys going missing or...

DOS (1989)

EGAint Is Not Tetris... got it? In fact, it's a freeware Tetris style game, one of the earliest such releases...

DOS (1986)

A conversion of the classic game 'Asteroids' specifically written to take advantage of (then-new) EGA's high-res mode. You won't find...

DOS (1989)

Egawalls is a two-player breakout clone with 48 stages. The two-paddle simultaneous gameplay allows for one player to concentrate on...

Commodore 64 (1983)

You are Egbert. Your job is to push the red button on the side of the screen, avoiding the aliens...

EGG: Elemental Gimmick Gear Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

A mysterious planet Fogna... you awaken one day after a prolonged sleep, look around and realise you have been asleep...

NES (1987)

Eden is once again in chaos! Dark clouds cover the land, and monsters are sprouting up like nobody's business. The...

Egger Land Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

The Eggerland series consists of several puzzle games. You play as Lolo, a blue ball-like character with eyes, arms, and...

Eggerland 2 MSX Front Cover

MSX (1988)

The Eggerland series consists of several puzzle games. This game is a sequel to Eggerland Mystery. Again you play Lolo,...

Eggerland: Meikyū no Fukkatsu NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Eggerland: Meikyuu no Fukkatsu, which translates to Revival of the Labyrinth, is a game in the Eggerland series consisting of...

Eggerland Mystery MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

The Eggerland series consists of several puzzle games. You play Lolo, a blue ball-like character with eyes, arms, and legs....

NES (1988)

Eggerland: Sōzō e no Tabidachi (English: Departure to Creation) is a Famicom Disk System game in the Eggerland/Adventures of Lolo...

Egg Mania Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Egg Mania is a puzzle game in which the player controls an egg shaped character against either a computer opponent...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Eggomania is similar to the game Kaboom. At the top of the screen is a bird which is throwing eggs...

Eggs of Steel PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In Eggs of Steel, the player takes control of Charlie the Egg, a night watchman at the MOM Steel Factory....

Browser (2000)

Before he puts on his Carmen Miranda costume and heads off to Homestar Runner's party, Strong Bad's got a little...

Egg vs. Chicken Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

Egg vs. Chicken is a combination of match-3 puzzle elements and arcade action. The player slides eggs towards corners of...

Egyptian Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

It is the year 1361 before the birth of Christ, Tutanhamon has just taken the title of pharaoh. On this...

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1998)

Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring is an arcade-style fighting game from the makers of Tobal. In this version, Cloud, Tifa,...

PlayStation (2000)

This Japan only re-release of Ehrgeiz was part of the Square Millennium Collection, a collection of Square games packaged in...

The Eidolon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and PC-88 (1987)

You control a mysterious 19th-century machine named "The Eidolon" through mysterious caves. Collect and create fireballs and encounter strange creatures...

Eight Ball Deluxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

This pinball simulator was the first one to simulate a real pinball machine.With support to high resolutions (1024x768) it only...

Windows (2002), Macintosh (2002) and Browser (2002)

Eight Legged Freaks is a freeware movie license tie in developed for Warner Bros to promote the movie of the...

Neo Geo (1991) and Arcade (1991)

The super-hero must stop the destruction of a city at the hands of a giant robot and its maker. The...

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