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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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Air Offensive: The Art of Flying Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Air Offensive: The Art of Flying is a 3D arcade flying shooter. The player controls a futuristic air fighter and...

Aironauts PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Aironauts is a flying aerobatic stunt action game for up to two players, set in a dystopian future society where...

Airport Mania: First Flight Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008), Wii (2010), iPhone (2009), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

Airport Mania: First Flight is a time management game where players get the chance to become an air traffic controller...

Air Power: Battle in the Skies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Air Power: Battle in the Skies is set in a fantasy world in which humanity lives on one big continent....

DOS (1992)

Air Puck is a shufflepuck game, where you try to slide a hockey puck on a small table, past a...

PlayStation (1999)

Air Race Championship is an arcade style racing game where you fly planes through imaginative tracks. The tracks lead you...

Atari 2600 (1984)

The object of this game is to defend the buildings at the bottom of the screen.There are four types of...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Goal of the game is to shoot as many enemies as possible (only visible from the side) while avoiding being...

Air Raid: This is Not a Drill Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

It's World War II and naval battleships have come under attack by enemy plains. It is up to the skill...

Air Rescue SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1992)

Air Rescue is similar to Choplifter!. You are a pilot of a helicopter and the object is to rescue hostages...

Arcade (1991)

Air Rescue is based on the game Choplifter but from a 1st person perspective as you must fly your helicopter...

Air Rescue I Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

The game is a remake of Chopper Rescue with the following changes: Game is rewritten in machine language and doesn't...

Air-Sea Battle Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1977)

Air-Sea Battle is basically a target shooting game. On most settings, you are positioned at the bottom of the screen...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Planet Cyclon's military force is centred in fortress Gemini. They are overpowering your people in an ongoing war - only...

DOS (1995)

Airstrike is a sidescrolling shooter featuring an Apache-like helicopter, taking part in a series of missions in a war between...

AirStrike 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Following the previous AirStrike game, the N.I.T.O. terrorists' main plan was defeated. However their terrorism remains a threat and when...

AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A mysterious terrorist organization named N.I.T.O. has alarmed the international community. Their factories and oil refinery production has suddenly gone...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

Airstrike II takes you back to planet Cyclon, armed with an improved Mark X fighter ship, with the aim of...

AirStrike II: Gulf Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Following the events in AirStrike 2, the N.I.T.O. terrorists are at it again and have set up a brand new...

Airstrike USA DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Airstrike USA is an arcade action flight game, where you fly the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) on various missions around...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Air Supply is a vertically scrolling shooter. Besides shooting enemies (mostly small but numerous), the player has to drop supply...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

Strategy based war game set in the future "where wars are fought in virtual reality". What this means is that...

Amiga (1994)

Air Taxi's basic premise involves running a taxi firm in outer space. There are no drunks or kissing couples to...

Atari ST (1992)

Air to Air Combat is a two-player dogfight game. The game area is one screen in size and if a...

Airwolf NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

In this game based on the TV show, you command a military helicopter on a mission to rescue hostages. The...

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