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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Drunken Robot Pornography Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014) and Windows (2014)

Drunken Robot Pornography is a first-person shooter set in small arenas where you fight giant robots (Titans) who bring the...

Atari ST (1987)

Dr. Zock is a one player break-out game. You start the game with three balls and you get an extra...

DS Dengeki Bunko: Inukami! feat. Animation Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Based off of the anime series of the same name, Inukami! is a visual novel with story, artwork, and voice...

Dstroy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Dstroy is a Bomberman-like game. There are several gameplay modes. This includes single player, cooperation, and deathmatch. Up to four...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Dstroy is Bomberman-like game, and a remake of the original Dstroy for DOS/Amiga for Windows, Linux, Nintendo DS, and Gp2X.The...

Dual Blades Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Dual Blades is a side-scrolling fighting game which takes place in 150 B.C amid the Hun Empire. The worlds greatest...

Dual Hearts PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Long, long ago, the real world and dream world were one and the same. But because of the dark thoughts...

Dual Heroes Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Battle to be the ultimate hero against as one of eight fighters, each with unique fighting style.Train a robot with...

Dual Zone Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Dual Zone is a fast-paced action game with space ships on a disc in space. In the Solo mode the...

Duck Guardian One Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

The people of Vexar VII are hungry! Solve their problem by guiding ducks onto a waiting spaceship—but first, they'll have...

Duck Hunt NES Front Cover

NES (1984), MSX (2004), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1987)

Duck Hunt is a shooting simulation where the player goes out with his faithful dogs to hunt ducks. It requires...

DOS (1993)

Loosely inspired by Duck Hunt for the NES, for lack of a light gun this game instead demands an itchy...

DOS (1995)

This unofficial DOS version shoots for a faithful reproduction of the Nintendo original - that is, as faithful as possible...

ZX Spectrum (1989) and MSX (1989)

Duck Out! is 2D side-scrolling beat'em up. The player controls a cartoon duck with frying pan, who escapes from restaurant...

Ducks Ahoy! Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Ducks Ahoy! is a simple arcade game which takes place in Venice. On the screen you see some houses, the...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Duck Shoot brings you all the fun of the fair on a shooting range as you try to remove six...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

Duckshoot, Minefield & Zapem is a collection of three games that contains the following:Duckshoot: All the fun of the fair...

Windows (1995)

Duck Shot is a single player 'Whac-a-Mole' variant in which the player 'shoots' ducks as they appear randomly on the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In Ducky Dan, the player controls Ducky Dan flying in the bubble to the heavens to rescue his beloved female...

NES (1990)

The dudes with attitudes are on a mission to uncover buried jewels on Caribbean islands. These dudes being referred to...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Duel is an action game based on the Steven Spielberg movie of the same name. The player drives around in...

DOS (1989)

Dueling Dragons is a shareware game for two people, or one person vs the computer. In concept this game plays...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A loose adaptation of the 1986 pair of fantasy gamebooks, this game gives a solo player the opportunity to control...

Duet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), iPhone (2013), Android (2014), iPad (2013) and tvOS (2015)

Duet is a fast-paced game about avoiding shapes through rotation similar in concept to a title like Super Hexagon. You...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

A Dig Dug clone with a prehistoric theme, which sports updated 16-bit audio visuals. Game can be played by one...

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