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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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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...

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

This game is a compilation of two NStorm-developed mini-games: Elf Bowling and Elves in Paradise: Elf Bowling 2. Both games...

Elf Bowling 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Santa has returned to the North Pole but there is a problem. There always seems to be. It seems the...

Elf Bowling 6: Air Biscuits Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In this game, Santa has broken his bowling ball so he will throw elves to see how far he can...

Elf Bowling: Bocce Style Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Elf Bowling: Bocce Style is the fifth game in the Elf Bowling series. In this one, you play an European...

DOS (1992) and Windows (2008)

In the two volumes of Elfland you play as an Elf fighting off the evil trolls that have invaded your...

Elfmania Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

The King of Muhmulandia is giving up the post, and will give the honour of leading the great Elf Kingdom...

J2ME (2003)

Elf Tales is a straightforward platform game where the players controls an elf. In five levels against a time limit,...

Game Boy Advance (2004)

This platformer is based on the hit 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell who played a boy who was raised by...

Commodore 64 (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Winter has gone and Spring is upon us. To celebrate, the Faerie Queen of Elidon is to be crowned by...

Commodore 64 (2008)

ELIMIN8! was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 1k size category.You control a...

Eliminate Down Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Eliminate Down is a horizontally-scrolling shooter similar in style to Thunder Force. The player has several weapons that can be...

Eliminate Pro iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Eliminate Pro is an death match first person shooter. The game features multiple 3D arenas in which players can duke...

Eliminator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1998)

Essential a basic shoot-em-up game, Eliminator puts you in control of experimental hovering craft, running the gauntlet of various courses,...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

A shoot ‘em up set on a patchwork-quilt coloured road, Eliminator puts you in control of a ship with a...

Browser (2008)

Eliminator is an arcade shooter in which the player controls a futuristic space ship and scores points by collecting orbs...

Eliminator Boat Duel NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Eliminator Boat Duel is a ruthless one on one boat racing game that can either be played against the computer...

The Eliminator Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1982) and TRS-80 (1981)

A home computer version of the Williams Electronics' coin-op game Defender. Your goal is to pilot your fast moving spaceship...

Elite DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), NES (1991), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1984) and Tatung Einstein (1987)

Elite is a free-form space trading and combat simulation, commonly considered the progenitor of this sub-genre. The player initially controls...

Elite Electron Front Cover

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

The tape versions of Elite were part of the original release, alongside the first BBC disk release. They differ from...

Elite Beat Agents Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Elite Beat Agents is the spiritual sequel to Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! In this rhythm-based music game, the Elite Beat Agents...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A darts game pure and simple. You view the board from a 1st person perspective and through a mouse motion-based...

Elite Forces: Navy SEALs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

As an elite US Navy SEAL, you will tackle some of the toughest missions the military has to offer in...

Elite Forces: WWII Normandy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In preparation for the most ambitious frontal assault in the history of modern war, the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles)...

Elite Heli Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Elite Heli Quad you control one of the two helicopters that are available in the main menu. One is...

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