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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 (1990)

The final installment of the Alfredo series; the namesake being an animated stick figure who gets into all sorts of...

ALF: The First Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1987)

This was a budget release computer game based on the popular '80s television show of the same name. The player...

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

When Earthlings decided to stop wars and explore the outer space, another menace threaten them. The Aliants species, who came...

Alias Windows Front Cover

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

Based on the successful television show, Alias lets players take on the role of Sydney Bristow, a stealth operative working...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the tenth and final episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

ABC Television released this promotional episodic videogame to hype the TV show starring Jennifer Garner as an undercover CIA spy...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the second episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the third episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the TV show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the fourth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the fifth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the sixth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the seventh episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the eighth episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show starring Jennifer...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

This is the ninth and second-to-last episode of the promotional episodic 3D third-person stealth/action videogame to hype the tv show...

MSX (1984) and Arcade (1982)

Alibaba and 40 Thieves is a Pac-Man style game. Your goal is to catch the thieves... while being chased by...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Follow the adventures of Alice as she enters Videoland. There are four games to be completed to get Alice back...

Windows (2010) and Wii (2010)

Alice in Wonderland is a licensed game based on the 2010 movie of the same name. The story takes place...

Alice: Madness Returns Windows Front Cover

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

The events of Alice: Madness Returns begin where the previous game America McGee's Alice left off: desperately struggling with her...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Alice's Tea Cup Madness has a plot which is based loosely on the novel Alice in Wonderland and is somewhat...

Alien Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

In this game based, loosely, on the movie of the same name, you have to move through a maze (the...

Commodore 64 (1990)

30 Billion colonists live on the planet Hegira. The planet's major source of energy, the EFU (Energy Fusion Unit) is...

Alien Supervision Front Cover

Supervision (1992)

Alien is a basic side-scrolling shooter where the player controls a fighter jet and must shoot down a variety of...

Alien³ Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1992) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Alien³ is a video game based on the movie of the same name. The plot of the movie picks up...

Game Boy (1993)

The Game Boy version of Alien³ differs significantly from the console games based on the third Alien film. Unlike the...

Alien³ SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Lt. Ellen Ripley is sleeping in the cryogenic chamber aboard the spaceship Sulaco. A fire breaks out in the chamber,...

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