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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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Eternity's Child Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

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Windows (2002)

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DOS (1997)

A minigame for a three-hour Blender competition (#19) demanding works incorporating the three subjects "E.T.", "being scared" and "Stonehenge", this...

Sharp X68000 (1993)

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E.T. Phone Home! Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1983)

In E.T. Phone Home! the player controls Elliott, the hero of the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. He has to search...

Etrom: The Astral Essence Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In this sci-fi action/rpg, you take the role of Etrom, an officer in a futuristic dystopia world of Syghundia. During...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

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J2ME (2007)

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Interplanetary Mission Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation (2001)

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Windows (2004)

The Euchmich Legacy is a naval-themed action game created for the 2004 72 Hour Game Development Competition with pirates as...

DOS (1994)

Euijeok: Im Kkeokjeong, more commonly known as Legend of the Seven Paladins, is a first-person 3D shooter set in feudal...

Windows (2007)

Euphonics is a futuristic shoot-em-up set in the year 2420. Aliens that feed on electronic music have stolen earth's techno...

Sharp X1 (1987)

Euphory is a medieval-themed action game with light role-playing elements. The protagonists of the game are the brother and sister...

Eureka! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

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Windows (2005)

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Eurofighter Typhoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

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Eurofighter Typhoon: Operation Icebreaker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

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European 5-A-Side Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

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European Football Champ Commodore 64 Front Cover

SNES (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and Arcade (1990)

European Football Champ was released to coincide with the 1992 European Championships. The game scrolls horizontally at a slight angle,...

Europe Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2001)

Caesar, a former top driver, now organizes illegal car races and invites the player to join Europe Racer, a race...

Windows (2010)

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Windows (2009)

It begins with a simple electrical fault and leads to the total destruction of a building and a mad dash...

Atari ST (1993)

Evasion 2 is a maze game where you have to collect all the dots before the time runs out. To...

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