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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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Earthworm Jim 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

Earthworm Jim gets squashed by a cow, leaving him dazed and confused. In the aftermath, his marbles go missing, so...

Earthworm Jim HD Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

Earthworm Jim HD is a remake of the original Earthworm Jim, a run-and-gun platform starring an earthworm called Jim. It...

Earthworm Jim: Menace 2 the Galaxy Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Earthworm Jim is up against 12 levels of bad guys as he explores his bedroom. It's far from the adventures...

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), SEGA CD (1995), BREW (2010), J2ME (2009), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010) and webOS (2010)

Earthworm Jim: Special Edition is an enhanced version of the original Earthworm Jim for the SEGA CD and also ported...

EA Sports Double Header Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Two games on one cartridge here - NHL Hockey and John Madden Football.

Windows (2006)

Easter Avenger is a 2D platfomer with a living egg as a the hero. The evil easter bunny has killed...

Windows (2002)

Eastern Thunder is an unofficial add-on for IL-2 Sturmovik. I features a German and a Russian campaign with 14 missions...

East Meets West Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

East meets West contains the full versions of: Shadow Warrior Duke Nukem 3D (Atomic Edition) It is packaged by Matt...

Easy Money / Honky Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

This title is a compilation of two games:Easy Money is a platform game. The protagonist of the game is Eddie....

DOS (1988)

Eat'em II is a single player, Pac-Man like game.As with Pac-Man the player navigates a maze eating food to score...

Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Disgraced video game shooter star Matt Hazard has another shot at glory in Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard,...

Eat My Dust Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Eat My Dust is a go kart racing game similar to Mario Kart. The aim of the game is to...

Eat My Photons! Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1994)

In Eat My photons! the player fights the enemy in space in a Stellar Mission via a space ship or...

PlayStation 3 (2010)

They thought they could tame the monsters. They thought they could turn them into productive tools of a modern society....

Eat the Whistle Amiga Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005), Amiga (1998) and Macintosh (2005)

Eat the Whistle is a soccer game originally released to tie in with the 1998 World Cup, held in and...

Eat This Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1998)

Eat This is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player controls a bald trucker named Leon. He has to...

Amiga (1988)

Ebonstar is the title of a futuristic tournament sport. The non-scrolling playfield basically consists of the player's space ship and...

Ecco Jr. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1995) and Wii (2007)

Ecco Jr. is a prequel to Ecco the Dolphin, set during his childhood. Together with his friends Tara the Whale...

Ecco the Dolphin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Windows 3.x (1995), Genesis (1992), SEGA CD (1993), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993), Xbox 360 (2007), Wii (2006), iPhone (2010) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Travel through time along with Ecco the dolphin, in the only game that could call itself a "dolphin simulator". Indeed,...

Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Dreamcast (2000)

Hundreds of years in the future, mankind and dolphins live peacefully together and share the earth. Dolphins, who are much...

Ecco: The Tides of Time Genesis Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1994), SEGA CD (1994), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1996) and Wii (2007)

The followup to Ecco the Dolphin, in which Ecco successfully destroyed the Vortex. Unfortunately, it turns out that the Vortex...

Echelon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Echelon is a space combat simulator with wire-frame graphics. Fly around an alien planet, looking for clues to a "mysterious...

Echelon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Take a bit of Wing Commander, and mix some of the fanciful parts of modern aircraft sims and you'll have...

Echelon: Wind Warriors Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Wind Warriors is the sequel to Echelon. Set in the year 2351, this game allows players to assume the role...

Echoes: Act 1 - Operation Stranglehold Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Echoes: Act 1 - Operation Stranglehold is the first game in a series of three games planned in total. It...

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