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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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Apple II (1987)

You are an eyeball in outer space. You shoot at the floating objects in your quadrant until they're all gone...

Amiga (1989)

Evil Garden is a Centipede variant. As with the original, the principle is that a centipede roams around the playing...

Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (2002)

Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles is a surrealistic 3D platformer from France. The player guides the orphan boy Cyprien through a...

The Evil Within Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

The Evil Within is an action survival horror game that draws inspiration from the Resident Evil series with a grimy...

Evil Zone PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Evil Zone is a 3D / 360 degree movement anime style fighting game. It has Story Mode, One Player Battle...

Evochron Alliance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Evochron Alliance is a sci-fi action game where the player controls a space ship. Aliens want to conquer the earth...

Evolution PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1982), ColecoVision (1983) and Apple II (1982)

Evolution is an arcade style action game with six levels where you need to evolve from an amoeba to a...

Evolution Windows Front Cover iwin.com release

Windows (2007)

Using the mouse to move, you start the Evolution game at the microscopic level : eat microbes and amoebas that...

FM Towns (1989)

Evolution is a simple first-person perspective 3D shooter set in an abstract environment. The protagonist represents an evolving creature who...

Evolution SHMUP Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The game's intention is as its title suggests -- to randomly present a shoot-'em-up, in which a player-controlled sprite at...

Evolva Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Evolva is a third-person action game with a difference. After a bizarre biological menace falls on an alien world and...

Evolva / Giants: Citizen Kabuto  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Dual-CD re-release of Evolva Giants: Citizen Kabuto

E. V. O.: Search for Eden SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The storyline of E.V.O.: Search for Eden follows the same patterns as modern Evolution theories. The players first controls a...

Xbox (2003)

Joe is a competitor in the I.G-1, a mechanized combat sport game. One day, however, reality intrudes on his life,...

Excalibur 2555 AD Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

Excalibur 2555 AD is a 3D action game. The legendary sword Excalibur has been stolen by the raiders from the...

Excelsor Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1986)

Excelsor is an arcade science fiction shooter. The action takes place in the Year 2136, after discovering Molecular transportation devices....

Excitebike: Trouble on the Tracks Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

Excitebike: Trouble on the Tracks is a flash version of the classic NES game. While it does emulate some sounds,...

ExciteBots: Trick Racing Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

ExciteBots is a follow-up to the Wii launch title, Excite Truck. Like Excite Truck, it is in a sense a...

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Master Chef Ogro, who is the head Chef of the King of Ograria himself, has been sent on a mission...

Exector PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

The space station Spin Drift is being pulled towards a mysterious planet by a strange ruin. Piloting the super-robot Exector,...

The Executioner Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991)

A simple little game that is a later reworking of the ancient game, Thrust. With the full effects of gravity...

Exed Exes NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1985)

On a planet 6000 light-years from earth, there were creatures called Exes, which resemble large insects, that were used for...

Exelinya Burst! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Exelinya Burst!, the sequel to Exelinya, is fast-paced single-screen arena shooter starring an anime character with a grappling claw. She...

NES (1985), MSX (1984), Wii (2007), SG-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1983)

This is a shoot-em-up game with parallax effects in the background. It does have a simulation of inertia in the...

MSX (1984)

This is a shoot-em-up game is the sequel to Exerion again with parallax effects in the background. It does have...

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