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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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Empire! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The ultimate goal in Empire! is to build a great galactic empire protected by a huge frontier shield. Before this...

NES (1987), MSX (1988) and Arcade (1986)

In Empire City: 1931 which is set in 1931 you are a federal agent that has to eliminate all criminal...

The Empire Fights Back ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

The Empire you fight for has been weakened significantly in recent years, and its space has now been filled with...

Empires: Dawn of the Modern World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

From Rick Goodman, lead designer on Age of Empires, and the studio that created Empire Earth comes Empires: Dawn of...

Enchanted Katya and the Mystery of the Lost Wizard Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Enchanted Katya and the Mystery of the Lost Wizard is a time management game with a fantasy theme. The player...

Enchanted Land Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Enchanted Land is set in the peaceful land of Damiran. But as it is in video games, an evil wizard...

Enchanted: Once Upon Andalasia Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007)

Enchanted: Once Upon Andalasia is based on the movie Enchanted and begins with Giselle telling a bedtime story to young...

Enchanted Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

In the year 1522 a peace-loving magician discovered, while reading a crystal ball, that the Earth would be destroyed in...

Enclave Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Xbox (2002)

Enclave is a third-person action game, pitting you as one of twelve different characters in a medieval era.During a great...

DOS (1984)

Somewhat similar to Space Invaders, you pilot a craft that is flying through space while avoiding pieces of your destroyed...

Encounter! Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Encounter! is a fast paced arcade game set in a sci-fi environment which features fast moving three dimensional graphics. You...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Using an anti-matter launcher, you must defend the starbase L5 against a non-stop horde of blue Megalyte warrior ships and...

Browser (2010)

A young dwarf is set on a journey by his late father's bequest, to set past wrongs right. Merely a...

Endgame PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Endgame is an futuristic action light-gun shooter which has been compared to Time Crisis games.The story is about an evil...

Endless Ages Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Endless Ages bills itself as a "Massive Multi-Player Online Real Time First Person Shooter Role Playing Game".Players in this online...

Endless Flight 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

In Endless Flight 2 the player has to navigate a dragon through a cavern without touching the cave or flying...

Endless Forms Most Beautiful Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012) and Ouya (2013)

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

The End of Us Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

The End of Us is a game created for the 2011 Global Game Jam in San Francisco with the theme...

Enemy Front Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Enemy Front is a first-person shooter set during World War II. The player takes control of the American war correspondent...

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

This limited editions contains: Enemy Front Four additional multiplayer characters: Elite Grenadier SS Storm Trooper US Sniper Warsaw Resistance Fighter...

Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

This special edition is exclusive to the US GameStop chain of retail stores. It contains: Enemy Front Additional single-player mission:...

Enemy Infestation Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Set in the 24th century, a group of unsuspecting colonies are attacked by a swarm of aliens who want to...

DOS (1997)

Enemy Lines is a single player, freeware, tank based shoot 'em up. It is entirely keyboard controlled and has music,...

Amiga (1997)

Enemy: Tempest of Violence is an action game shown from the side. A seemingly abandoned space ship was the goal...

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

After they had fought out their civil war on their homeworld called Stroggos, the Strogg ventured out into space to...

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