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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Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Macintosh (1991)

After adapting the original Dragon's Lair into two different games, Readysoft continued with the arcade sequel.Dirk the Daring is called...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Following the first adaptation of the laserdisc-based arcade classic Dragon's Lair, Software Projects followed it up with Escape from Singe's...

Game Boy (1991)

The Game Boy version for Dragon's Lair is actually a port of Roller Coaster, with its protagonist replaced by Dirk...

Game Boy (1990), MSX (1985), PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1985), FM-7 (1984) and Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986)

Dragon Slayer is commonly considered one of the progenitors of the action RPG genre. The premise is similar to Roguelikes:...

Game Boy (1992)

A spin-off from the successful Dragon Slayer series by Falcom, Dragon Slayer Gaiden casts you once again as the nameless...

Dragons of Flame DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1992), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Set in between the SSI's AD&D Dragonlance action games Heroes of the Lance and Shadow Sorcerer. This game follows the...

Dragon Spirit Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Princess Alicia of the kingdom of Mitgult is kidnapped by the monster Zawell. It's now up to the heroic warrior...

Dragon's Prophet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Dragon's Prophet is set in Auratias, a world made by dragons. One of the most important happenings of the world's...

Dragon's Revenge Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Dragon's Revenge is a sequel to Dragon's Fury (Devil's Crush).The table for this fantasy pinball game is three screens tall...

Dragonstone Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The pseudo-sequel to Darkmere, Dragonstone has a look and feel influenced by Zelda games. Agon is the villain whose hordes...

DragonStrike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

A dragon flight simulator set in the AD&D world of Dragonlance. Fly dragons through the War of the Lance. When...

NES (1992)

Unlike its namesake on computers, this version of DragonStrike is a straight action game with a top-down perspective. Set during...

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1994) and Jaguar (1994)

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is a action/fighting game in which you play Bruce Lee, the infamous martial arts master.As...

Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1995)

Based on the 1993 movie of the same name, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story has Bruce Lee learn that he...

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

After Maroc the mage defeated the Lord of Chaos a new power rose, Morog the Shapeshifter Witch Queen of the...

Dragon Valor PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Dragon Valor is a hack-and-slash medieval action game with some light rpg and puzzle-solving touches.You control a series of generations...

Dragon View SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Many years ago, four brave warriors have reclaimed the magical Drakkhen tears for humanity, liberating it from the yoke of...

VIC-20 (2002)

A simple but technically accomplished game for the VIC-20, Dragonwing puts you in a spaceship flying through a system of...

Drains Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

A man known only as the "King of the Seas" led a huge army and conquered the undersea world. Afterwards,...

Windows (1997)

All these years, you never realized that down your shower drain were a bunch of gruesome invaders preparing to take...

DOS (1995)

Another Tetris clone. In the phantasy world reconstructed after decadence, the favourite game was Drak - a game where you...

Drakan: Order of the Flame Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Many centuries ago, mankind and dragonkind fought each other, and chaos ruled. After many years, the conflict came to an...

Drakan: The Ancients' Gates PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

After the dragon rider Rynn returns to her home village, she finds it destroyed, and all its inhabitants massacred. Her...

Nintendo DS (2007)

You play as Drake & Josh (and Megan) in this action game in order to win the talent show, "Teen...

Drakengard PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Drakengard follows the story of a kingdomless prince named Caim who fights for the Union against the Empire. Under the...

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