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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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Dragon's Lair DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (1999), Jaguar (1995), SEGA CD (1993), 3DO (1994), Nintendo DS (2010), PSP (2011), Xbox 360 (2012), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2009), Android (2011), iPad (2010) and Arcade (1983)

Originally released in the arcades as a laserdisc game, Dragon's Lair is an interactive cartoon movie. Players control Dirk the...

Dragon's Lair DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990) and Macintosh (1990)

Dirk the Daring was a heroic, if clumsy knight. When Princess Daphne was kidnapped by the dragon, Singe, and taken...

Dragon's Lair Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Players control Dirk the Daring, a knight on a quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the evil dragon, Singe. They...

SNES (1992)

This version of Dragon's Lair is a departure from the earlier arcade titles of the same name. Instead of recreating...

Dragon's Lair Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

When Electronic Arts released the C64 adaptation of the classic arcade game in the United States as part of their...

Dragon's Lair Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The first home conversion of the legendary Dragon's Lair laserdisc arcade game was originally released for the Coleco Adam home...

Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The goofy, but courageous knight Dirk the Daring is on a quest to save the pretty princess Daphne. The princess...

Dragon's Lair Deluxe Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Dragon's Lair Deluxe Pack includes Windows 95 compatible versions of Don Bluth's classic arcade full-motion video games:Dragon's LairSpace AceDragon's Lair...

Windows (2000)

Another conversion of the classic 1983 laserdisc coin-op Dragon's Lair. Now taking advantage of the DVD format, Dragon's Lair can...

Dragon's Lair: Escape from Singe's Castle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Dirk the Daring is a heroic, if clumsy knight. When Princess Daphne was kidnapped by the dragon, Singe, and taken...

Dragon's Lair III: The Curse of Mordread DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

A sequel to the earlier coin-op, cartoon games by Don Bluth, this one has Dirk dodging through various time periods...

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), CD-i (1994), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2011), Nintendo DSi (2011), Android (2013) and Arcade (1991)

Time Warp is a port of the arcade sequel to the original Dragon's Lair arcade game. Players once again play...

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Macintosh (1991)

After adapting the original Dragon's Lair into two different games, Readysoft continued with the arcade sequel.Dirk the Daring is called...

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

Following the first adaptation of the laserdisc-based arcade classic Dragon's Lair, Software Projects followed it up with Escape from Singe's...

Game Boy (1991)

The Game Boy version for Dragon's Lair is actually a port of Roller Coaster, with its protagonist replaced by Dirk...

Game Boy (1990), MSX (1985), PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1985), FM-7 (1984) and Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986)

Dragon Slayer is commonly considered one of the progenitors of the action RPG genre. The premise is similar to Roguelikes:...

Game Boy (1992)

A spin-off from the successful Dragon Slayer series by Falcom, Dragon Slayer Gaiden casts you once again as the nameless...

Dragons of Flame DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1992), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Set in between the SSI's AD&D Dragonlance action games Heroes of the Lance and Shadow Sorcerer. This game follows the...

Dragon Spirit Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Princess Alicia of the kingdom of Mitgult is kidnapped by the monster Zawell. It's now up to the heroic warrior...

Dragon's Prophet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Dragon's Prophet is set in Auratias, a world made by dragons. One of the most important happenings of the world's...

Dragon's Revenge Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Dragon's Revenge is a sequel to Dragon's Fury (Devil's Crush).The table for this fantasy pinball game is three screens tall...

Dragonstone Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The pseudo-sequel to Darkmere, Dragonstone has a look and feel influenced by Zelda games. Agon is the villain whose hordes...

DragonStrike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

A dragon flight simulator set in the AD&D world of Dragonlance. Fly dragons through the War of the Lance. When...

NES (1992)

Unlike its namesake on computers, this version of DragonStrike is a straight action game with a top-down perspective. Set during...

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1994) and Jaguar (1994)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is a action/fighting game in which you play Bruce Lee, the infamous martial arts master.As...

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