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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Browser (2010)

In Drop Dead 2 the player flings around ragdolls that break into pieces. The objective is to cause as much...

Browser (2011)

The objective in Drop Dead 3 is to toss around the player ragdoll, and cause as much damage to it...

Drop Off Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Wii (2007)

Drop Off is similar to Breakout, in that the player controls a paddle which can move left and right, hitting...

Sord M5 (1986)

Drops is a simple arcade game where you control a bucket, picking up rain drops from a cloud. Only the...

Dropship: United Peace Force PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Dropship is an action game set in the year 2050. Terrorist attacks have increased severely, which is why big nations...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

DropTeam: Mechanized Combat in the Far Future is a multiplayer-focused action game set in the future. Every player takes control...

Dropzone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Game Boy (1992), Game Boy Color (1999), NES (1992), Game Gear (1994), Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Dropzone is basically a Defender variant, closely recreating the gameplay of the original Defender with its speedy scrolling and frantic...

Drox Operative Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

For thousands of years the Drox ruled the galaxy by the Operatives, mighty starship captains. But one day the Drox...

Amiga (1990)

In Dr. Plummet's House of Flux the player has to man a small space ship to reach Dr. Plummet, a...

DOS (1996)

In the original game, you helped Dr. Rudy clean up his lab and get rid of all the viruses. However,...

Dr. Seuss Band iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Dr. Seuss Band is a music simulation game similar in style and gameplay to Guitar Hero. The player gets to...

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

The Whos in Whoville are fond of Christmas, but up on Mount Crumpit lives the green Grinch who despises the...

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Based on Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat, you play has the cheeky cat. There are all the original characters...

DOS (1988)

You're Restless Ralph Runabout, hunting for Dr. Sleeptite in his Nightmare Factory deep beneath the Mojave desert, where the mad...

DOS (1994), Windows (2008), 3DO (1995), CD-i (1996) and Arcade (1993)

Drug Wars is another in the long line of traditional American Laser Games arcade-conversion shooters. It's a straightforward point-and-click game...

Drug Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Drug Wars, originally released as Merchants of Brooklyn, is a violent first-person action game set in the future, in 3100...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

In this game you play the role of a teenager who is new to the big wide world. The gameplay...

Druid Commodore 64 Front Cover

NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Druid is an action game inspired by the arcade hit Gauntlet. As the eponymous hero, your job is to destroy...

Druid Soccer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Druid Soccer is a 2D arcade football game between two druids, for one or two players, shown from a fixed,...

Drunken Robot Pornography Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014) and Windows (2014)

Drunken Robot Pornography is a first-person shooter set in small arenas where you fight giant robots (Titans) who bring the...

Atari ST (1987)

Dr. Zock is a one player break-out game. You start the game with three balls and you get an extra...

DS Dengeki Bunko: Inukami! feat. Animation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Based off of the anime series of the same name, Inukami! is a visual novel with story, artwork, and voice...

Dstroy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Dstroy is a Bomberman-like game. There are several gameplay modes. This includes single player, cooperation, and deathmatch. Up to four...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Dstroy is Bomberman-like game, and a remake of the original Dstroy for DOS/Amiga for Windows, Linux, Nintendo DS, and Gp2X.The...

Dual Blades Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Dual Blades is a side-scrolling fighting game which takes place in 150 B.C amid the Hun Empire. The worlds greatest...

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