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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Driller Tanks MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1983)

Driller Tanks features a side-on view of the tank you control, which is submerged in a maze full of nasties...

Drip Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1995)

Drip is a side-scrolling platform game. The player's task is to collect all the coins that spilled out of the...

Driv3r Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

In the game you take the role of Tanner, the undercover cop from previous Driver games, as he infiltrates a...

Driv3r Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

As the other games in the series before it, Driv3r also received an adaptation to a handheld platform. Driv3r for...

Driver 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

You are an undercover driver, trying to survive amidst an international war between American and Brazilian gangs. The action takes...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Driver 2 received a belated adaptation for the Game Boy Advance in Driver 2 Advance. The handheld version adapts the...

Driver '76 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Driver '76 is the fifth game in the Driver series and the first since Ubisoft acquired the license from Atari....

Driver: Parallel Lines Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Wii (2007)

Driver: Parallel Lines is the fourth game in the Driver series, following the story of TK. In 1978, TK (who...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This collector's edition contains: Driver: Parallel Lines Behind-the-scenes DVD Soundtrack Character profiles

Driver: Renegade Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Undercover cop John Tanner has left the NYPD but has become indebted to Senator Ballard after saving his life. Ballard...

Driver: San Francisco Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Driver: San Francisco is an entry in the long-running action racing series. The story, which is entirely different from the...

Wii (2011)

A prequel to Driver, the second Wii Driver game (developed specifically for this platform) is similarly based in San Francisco,...

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This collector pack contains: Driver: San Francisco 16×7×5 cm replica of a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pak, inside...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Great racers from all around the world compete in the Power Drift style racing game. You can choose your nationality...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr....

Dr. Lunatic Supreme with Cheese Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The sequel to Dr. Lunatic, Supreme with Cheese offers over 1000 levels to play in over 80 different unlockable worlds....

Dr. Mario Online Rx Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

At its core, the Dr. Mario setting and gameplay is unchanged from previous releases. Germs of three colors fill the...

Dr. Muto PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2003)

You are Dr. Muto, a maniacal and genius mad scientist whose latest experiment has accidentally destroyed his own home planet...

Droga Wojownika Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Droga Wojownika (Way of the Warrior) is an arcade action game. The main character is a barbarian called Telven. His...

Droid Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993)

Droid is a single board shooter. The game takes place on the planet Xeviou, taken over by bandits. As the...

Droid Assault Linux Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Droid Assault is an arcade shooter inspired by Paradroid and Quazatron, where the player controls a small army of robots...

Commodore 64 (1988)

You are a droid on a spaceship bored silly. The only way to escape from the boredom is to sleep...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You have defeated aliens in the Diagon Zone and kept the spaceways free in a Solo fighter, and now in...

Commodore 64 (1986)

An Environmental Defence Warden computer or EDWARD for short is on red alert mode after a electrical storm damaged the...

Sinclair QL (1985)

Droidzone is an arcade space shooter played on a single screen. The game consists of several zones where the ship...

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