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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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Fairy Bloom Freesia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Fairy Bloom Freesia is a 2.5D side-scrolling fighting game set in small arenas with platforms. The game starts in the...

Fairy Jewels 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Fairy Jewels 2 is a color-matching game similar to Puzzle Bobble/Bust-A-Move and its variants. The objective is to free fairies...

MSX (1987), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1985)

The Fairyland Story puts the player in control of Ptolemy the witch, who must make her way through 101 single-screen...

Fairytale Fights Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Fairytale Fights is a hack-and-slash platform game where players assume the role of well-known fairytale characters, such as Little Red...

Fairy Tales: Three Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Fairy Tales: Three Heroes is a Slavic tale of three Russian heroes who retired early when the nation was at...

Fairy Tower Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

The legendary Fairy Tower stood silent since ancient times in its site, with four gates for water, earth, light and...

Faith Fighter Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2008)

Faith Fighter is a controversial game by the creator of Operation: Pedopriest, quite similar to the browser game Bible Fight....

Falcon 4.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

You're flying the F-16 "Fighting Falcon", a U.S. Air Force fighter, over the skies of Korea. The learning curve is...

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2011)

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force is essentially an updated version of the original Falcon 4.0 with many new features, as well...

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983), MSX (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Falcon Patrol is a two-way side-scrolling shooter. Players fly a jet across a looping area and must shoot down attacking...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Just like it's predecessor, Falcon Patrol II is a two-way side-scrolling shooter that sees the player controlling a jet fighting...

Falcons Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Falcons is a Phoenix variant. Aliens move in formation at the top of the screen, occasionally swooping down on you...

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

When man first invented time travel, he did not realize the full extent of the dangers which would accompany it....

Atari 2600 (2005)

Fall Down pits Red against Blue*. The object is to capture platforms by falling through the hole. Whoever captures the...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Fallen Angel is a side scrolling fighting game similar to Double Dragon. You play the fallen angel, sent on a...

Fallen City Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Fallen City is an educational game that aims to teach children about the perks of keeping a city clean and...

Fallen Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Sometime in the 2050s, the crippling "Shiva" virus begins to spread across the globe. With evidence suggesting Shiva has been...

Fallen EP-1 iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Episode-1 is the prologue to the Fallen survival horror series, modelled after Resident Evil and Silent Hill. The players guide...

Fallen Lords: Condemnation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Fallen Lords is set in the Land of Dead, where three armies: Angels, Demons & Dead Souls are eternally fighting...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Based on the television series of the same name, The Fall Guy has the player controlling a stuntman who is...

Browser (1996)

In this Star Trek fan game, you command the starship USS Enterprise. In a deadly stretch space, stars are falling...

Fall of Atlantis 2.0 iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Fall of Atlantis 2.0 game is a cross between a common platform game and a Bust-a-Move puzzle game where you...

Fallout 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

After World War II, rapid technology development carried humans towards a supposedly bright future, fulfilling their eternal dream. But eventually...

Fallout 3: Broken Steel PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Broken Steel is the third downloadable expansion released for Fallout 3. It extends the level cap from 20 to 30,...

Fallout 3 (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

This collector's edition contains: Fallout 3 Vault Boy Bobblehead - A collectible 5" Vault-Tec Vault Vault Boy Bobblehead Collector's Lunchbox...

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