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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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Game Boy Advance (2005)

Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku I & II includes in one single cartridge the two first installments of...

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Ultimate Battle 22 is a 2D fighter that takes place in the Dragon Ball universe. Players choose from on of...

Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

In Dragon Blade. Wrath of Fire the player takes the role of a young hero named Dal who lives in...

Dragon Breed Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Zambaquous has done everything to make life hell for the people of Agamen, and as their King Kayus, the time...

Dragon Buster NES Front Cover

NES (1987), MSX (1987), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1987), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1993), Sharp X1 (1987), FM-7 (1987), Wii U (2015) and Arcade (1985)

Originating in the arcades, Dragon Buster is an action platform game composed out of several large levels, each one containing...

Dragon Buster II: Yami no Fūin NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

The sequel to Dragon Buster has the following background story: the young archer Carl has to retrieve an ancient artifact...

Windows (1999)

In the land of Dramania, you take control of dragons to defend your castles against an enemy attack. To prevail,...

Game Boy Color (1998)

Dragon Dance is a Breakout variant with power ups similar to Arkanoid. Like in those games the objective is to...

Dragon Drive: D-Masters Shot GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Reiji Ozora is a lazy, good-for-nothing, completely unmotivated junior high school student. His friend Maiko shows him a popular virtual...

Windows (2002)

Dragonfarm is basically a mix between Pokémon with dragons and economic simulation. The player is the manager of a farm...

Dragon Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In Dragon Fighter the protagonist is a fighter who can turn into a dragon. In this side-scrolling action game the...

Amiga (1991)

Dragon Fighter is a vertically scrolling shooter in which the player rides a dragon. The goal is to solve a...

Dragonfire ColecoVision Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1984), Intellivision (1982), Apple II (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1983) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

The king's treasures have been stolen! As the daring young prince, your goal is to recover them all. The treasures...

Dragonfire: The Well of Souls Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Dragonfire: The Well of Souls is an action RPG based on the Swedish Drakar och Demoner (Dragons and Demons, not...

DragonHawk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

You take control of the titular Dragon Hawk and must kill a number flying creatures such as buzzards, phoenixes, dragon...

Game Boy (1996)

Dragonheart is based on the 1996 fantasy film of the same name. The player controls Bowen the dragon slayer, through...

DragonHeart: Fire & Steel Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

This game is a tie-in for the movie directed by Rob Cohen starring Dennis Quaid and Sean Connery as the...

Dragon Hunters: Die Drachenjäger - Die Prüfung Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Die Drachenjäger is a side-scrolling shooter based on the Dragon Hunter TV series. In the far future, humankind lives in...

Windows (2002)

On each level you play a funny little dragon. You must jump on the tussocks to collect prizes and avoid...

Dragon Lord DOS Front Cover

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

Play one of the three evil wizards all competing to find the magical talisman. To do so, the player must...

Dragon Lore II: The Heart of the Dragon Man DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

This is the sequel to Dragon Lore: The Legend Begins.Once again you are playing Werner von Wallenrod who has been...

ZX81 (1981)

The aim of Dragon Maze is to get through an invisible maze from one side of the screen to the...

Windows (2011)

Dragon Nest is a free-to-play fantasy massively multiplayer online, role-playing game (MMORPG). There are six classes to choose from: players...

Windows (2001)

Dragon Ninja Saga is a 2D platform game with the ninja Red Lotus as the protagonist. Players control the ninja...

Dragon Panic iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Dragon Panic is a single screen game with simple controls.Move the green dragon Berny by tilting the device, and tap...

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