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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Dr. Blob's Organism Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2007)

Dr. Blob's Organism is a unique shooter game that combines the lightning-quick gameplay of games like Tempest with the artificial...

Dr. Brain: Action Reaction Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Dr. Brain: Action Reaction is a 3D puzzle game for children. The player takes on the role of Dr. Brain...

Dr. Brain Thinking Games: IQ Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Dr. Brain Thinking Games: IQ Adventure is an educative action game with lots of puzzle elements. The player takes on...

Dr Carter and the Wheels of Salvation Browser Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Browser (2005)

Dr. Carter is trapped at the bottom of a gem mine and eventually the whole mine will slowly fill itself...

Dr. Chaos NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Dr. Chaos was your typical mad scientist. He owned an extensive mansion and spent his time experimenting within it on...

Dr. Daisy: Pet Vet Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007), Macintosh (2007) and Android (2013)

Dr. Daisy: Pet Vet is an action and time management game which simulates work in a vet clinic.The player has...

The Dreadnaught Factor Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

The Zorban Dreadnaughts are spaceships that are 140,000 feet long and weigh 970 megatons, making them the largest, most heavily...

DreadOut Linux Front Cover 1st version

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

DreadOut is a third-person horror game about a group of high school students (Doni Maulana, Linda Meilinda, Shakira Irawati, Shelly...

Windows (2006)

In Dreamcube the player takes the role of Jack who receives a cube for birthday. When he goes to sleep...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Drowzee loves to eat dreams and unfortunately the only things about are belligerent primeapes that don't take kindly to having...

Dreamer Series: Babysitter Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Let's Play: Mums is another game of the Let's Play series. The series give the possibility to girls between 6...

Dreaming Sarah Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

Dreaming Sarah is a 2D platformer with gameplay similar to the titles in the Dizzy series. The player controls a...

Dreamkiller Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Alice Drake is a psychologist, who has the ability to enter her patients' dreams and treat mental sicknesses not only...

Dream Mix TV World Fighters GameCube Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

A television program is facing low ratings and they are told by their TV network that they are on the...

Dreams PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In this game you are Duncan - a man, who must save the worlds of Dream and Reality from dark...

Dreamside Maroon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Dreamside Maroon is an exploration game about Aster who wants to travel to the moon after seeing its reflection in...

Windows (2001)

Dreamstars is an involved space shooter arcade game similar to Asteroids. It allows the player to build up a space...

DREAMS to Reality DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

In this game you are Duncan - a man, who must save the worlds of Dream and Reality from dark...

SNES (1992)

A mystical television has challenged 2 kids to complete quests on various worlds. The first world is the Medieval World,...

Dream Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In the future, the world is controlled by corporations rather than governments, and wars are fought in a dream world...

DreamWorks Puss in Boots Xbox 360 Front Cover

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

Puss in Boots is game based on the computer-animated film of the same name. The film in turn is a...

DreamWorks' Shark Tale Windows Front Cover

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

Shark Tale is a game based on the Dreamworks animated film. You play as Oscar the speedy, talkative, little fish,...

Dreamworks' Shark Tale Fintastic Fun! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This game is not to be confused with Dreamworks' Shark Tale. It is a collection of several mini-games without any...

Supervision (1992)

Dream World is a side-scrolling platform game starring a girl with psychic powers. She begins with only a regular energy...

Drelbs Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Drelbs is loosely inspired by the paper-based game played on a grid of dots, in which players draw lines alternately,...

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