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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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Dust Digger Android Front Cover

Windows (2012), Amiga (2012), J2ME (2004), Windows Mobile (2001) and Android (2012)

Dust Digger is a Boulder Dash clone with the usual features. You dig tunnels in the dirt, picking up diamonds...

Dustforce Linux Front Cover first version

Linux (2012), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2014), Macintosh (2012), PlayStation 3 (2014) and PS Vita (2014)

Dustforce is a 2D side-scrolling platform game starring a team of broomsweeping janitors. Players select one of the four available...

Dustforce (Collector's Edition) Linux Front Cover

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

This collector's edition contains: Dustforce (for all three platforms and free of DRM) Digital soundtrack (MP3 format) Installation booklet Microfiber...

ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Dustin’s life of crime has caught up with him; he’s been incarcerated in the high-security WADRAS prison. In this arcade...

Duty Calls Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Duty Calls is a Call of Duty parody game, released as a part of Bulletstorm promotion campaign.The hero finds himself...

DUX Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2009)

DUX is a scrolling shooter in the vein of R-Type. When scientists searched for new materials to enhance their space...

Dreamcast (2013)

DUX 1.5 is an overhauled version of the shoot'em up DUX. In comparison to the original version, it features: a...

Dwie Wieże Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Dwie Wieże (The Two Towers) is a typical platform game. The main heroine of the game is a sorceress and...

Windows (1996)

Michael P. Welch's DX-Ball is essentially an improvement over the classic Amiga game Megaball by Ed and Al Mackey. It...

Windows (1999)

DX-Ball 2 is based on Michael P. Welch's DX-Ball, in turn based on Megaball by the Mackey brothers. Gameplay uses...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

D-Xhird is 3D arcade, weapon-based 1vs 1 fighting game, similar to Battle Arena Toshinden (1 character from Battle Arena Toshinden,...

Dying Light Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Dying Light is an open world, action horror game. It takes place in a zombie apocalypse environment, similar to the...

Browser (2013)

After completing Dying to Live: Game Jam Version, the author decided to return to it, expand it and fix some...

Browser (2012)

Morty is trapped in a cave. Help him avoid what obstacles he can to get out. This is a platform...

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Based on the Italian comics character Dylan Dog, London "nightmare detective", Gli Uccisori (The Murderers) is another volume created by...

Atari ST (1993)

Dynabusters is a multiplayer bomb'em-up game for up to six players which reminds a lot of Dynablaster. To win you...

Atari ST (1994)

En enhanced followup to Dynabusters. Added to the original game (a typical Dynablaster clone) are more diverse pickups, more levels,...

Arcade (1994)

Dyna Gear: An Action Adventure On The Era Of Dinosaur is a 2D arcade platform game. The player can choose...

Windows (2011)

DynaMarisa is a 3D doujin third-person shooter. It is a fangame for the Tōhō series that parodies the Earth Defense...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

In Dynamic Duo the player takes the role of a bird and a dwarf who explore a haunted castle. The...

Amiga (2001)

The most beloved playing mode of Dynablaster is surely its multiplayer mode. However, getting enough players together all at once...

Dynamite Cop! Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1999)

Pirates have kidnapped the President's daughter and are holding her on a hijacked cruise ship. Now it's up to an...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are secret agent Dynamite Dan and you have been chosen to save the world from the evil Dr Blitzen...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Implanting subliminal messages in music seemingly worked for Judas Priest - the evil Dr. Blitzen is trying to make it...

Dynamite Duke Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), SEGA Master System (1991), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Duke, armed with a machine gun and cybernetic arm, walks sideways through enemy bases, shooting snipers and engaging in hand-to-hand...

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