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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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Elektraglide Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Elektraglide is a futuristic motorcycle driving game where the player chooses to drive in one of three countries, England, Australia,...

Amiga (1994)

If Pipe Mania were a platform game, this is what it would be. You have to direct an electric current...

Windows (2005)

Elektromeister Lampe is a puzzle game where the player takes the role of Lampe, an electrician. In the 100 levels...

Elemental Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Elemental is a color-matching game. The player clicks and drags the mouse cursor over a group of tiles to flip...

Atari ST (1988)

Elemental is set on the planet of the same name. The player takes the role of a two-year old Roundline,...

Elemental Gearbolt PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

In a fantastic world divided by class and race, technology from a mysterious source has imbued a young prince with...

Elemental Master Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Elemental Master's gameplay is similar to a top-down space shooter (i.e Raptor & Raiden), but what makes it unique is...

Browser (2008)

In Elements, the player controls a ball of a distinct colour by aiming with the pointer for it to move...

Elements of Destruction Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

In Elements of Destruction the player can unleash the most volatile forces on Earth such as tornadoes, lightning storms, ice...

Elements of Destruction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

In Elements of Destruction the player can unleash the most volatile forces on Earth such as tornadoes, lightning storms, ice...

Browser (2011)

The weather was fine, and everyone decided it was a great day to be outside. Elephant dressed up in his...

Elephant Rave iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2008) and iPhone (2011)

In Elephant Rave, the player controls an elephant walking and jumping back and fourth between deadly coloured bars which appear...

Browser (2010)

Elephant Rave HD is a remake of Elephant Rave at a higher screen size, with more bars appearing each beat....

Browser (2011)

Elephant Rave sLoWdOwN Remix is a re-release of Elephant Rave HD. In this version, the music is slowed down and...

DOS (1986)

The gameplay of Elevator is similar to that of Spy's Demise. The goal is to reach the top of the...

Elevator Action Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 2600 (2001), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2007), PC-88 (1986), Nintendo 3DS (2014), SG-1000 (1985), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1986) and Arcade (1983)

You are Agent 17 (codename: "Otto"). Your mission is to secure all top secret documents from a security building and...

Elevator Action 2 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1995)

Elevator Action Returns is Taito's sequel to their 1983 game. At the start of the game, you choose one of...

Elevator Action Deluxe PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Elevator Action Deluxe is a remake of the original Elevator Action. The concept is identical to the original game. The...

Elevator Action EX Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Elevator Action EX has the same gameplay style as the original, only with a few differences. As Mike, Guy, or...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A re-release of the original Elevator Action (the "old") with an additional arranged version created specifically for the GBA (the...

Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1984)

Elevator Fight is an original arcade platform game in a style similar, but not identical, to Elevator Action.Arin, your space...

Atari 2600 (2007)

Maid Maria has to reach the top of the hotel, but the elevators have gone haywire! She'll have to use...

DOS (1992)

The objective in Elevators from Hell is to collect all seven tokens (one on each floor) and then escape the...

Elf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Cornelius the Elf was living peacefully in a forest with his sweetheart Elisa. However, an evil creature known as Necrilous...

Elf Bowling Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

What with Internet ordering, Santa needs more toys than ever so the elves are working harder than ever. They have...

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