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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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Alex Kidd in Shinobi World SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1990) and Wii (2009)

Alex Kidd continues his adventures in Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, featuring remixes of the music you heard from Shinobi,...

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1989) and Wii (2007)

Alex Kidd, resident of planet Aries, is the king's brother. One day he comes across a rumor that his long...

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1986)

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars has similar gameplay like in the other Alex Kidd games, but this one's easier and...

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

Ian Rider is a spy for the British government, investigating Herod Sayle. Herod Sayle has offered to give every schoolchild...

Nintendo DS (2006)

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker is a game based on the British movie Stormbreaker. The story features a a fourteen year-old orphan...

Linux (2004), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Alex the Allegator 4 is a classic-style side scrolling jump'n'run complete with boss fights. The player has to help Alex...

ALF SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989)

Help ALF try to get to Mars to see his friends Skip and Rhonda! ALF's latest adventure takes him out...

Atari 2600 (1998)

As Alfred, you must run, jump and climb ladders to reach keys to open the doors to get to the...

Alfred Chicken Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), SNES (1994), Amiga (1993), NES (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

Alfred the chicken must rescue his friends and his bird (pardon the pun) Floella from the Meka Chickens. The result...

Alfred Chicken PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Oh no! Alfred's girlfriend Floella has been chicknapped by the malevolent MekaChicken! Navigate Alfred through worlds of cheese, playing cards,...

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...

Amiga (1991)

Aliantor is a Defender variant, but instead of side-scrolling in a 3D-environment. Besides the usual alien attack on a space...

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...

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