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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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Elite Electron Front Cover

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

The tape versions of Elite were part of the original release, alongside the first BBC disk release. They differ from...

Elite Beat Agents Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Elite Beat Agents is the spiritual sequel to Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! In this rhythm-based music game, the Elite Beat Agents...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A darts game pure and simple. You view the board from a 1st person perspective and through a mouse motion-based...

Elite Forces: Navy SEALs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

As an elite US Navy SEAL, you will tackle some of the toughest missions the military has to offer in...

Elite Forces: WWII Normandy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In preparation for the most ambitious frontal assault in the history of modern war, the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles)...

Elite Heli Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Elite Heli Quad you control one of the two helicopters that are available in the main menu. One is...

Elite Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and PC-98 (1992)

Elite Plus is a VGA re-make of Bell and Braben's space trading flight simulator, Elite. It is an updated conversion...

Browser (2010)

Elite Sniper is a simple 2D sniping game where the player must work for the mafia and completely random missions....

Elite Starfighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Elite Starfighter is a remake of the classic Elite. Except for technical aspects, it stays very close to the original,...

Linux (2000), Windows (2000), Atari ST (2001), Macintosh (2002) and GP32 (2002)

Elite TNK is a rewrite in C of the original assembler source code for the original BBC Elite. As such,...

Elite Warriors: Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Elite Warriors: Vietnam is a squad-based shooter in the vein of nFusion's Deadly Dozen. The missions are based around the...

Elixir Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The starting point of Elixir is an ancient prophecy about a long extinct tribe, the Ingoles, which were brutally murdered...

El Matador Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

A new narcotics cartel destroyed the local DEA-office in Bogotá. And now as DEA special agent Victor Corbet, codename El...

El Matador (Games Convention 2006 Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

You play as Victor Corbet, nickname El Matador, a special agent employed by the DEA. Your goal is it to...

PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Elm Knight is set in a futuristic world, dominated by the totalitarian regime of the Empire, which hunts down the...

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The story of El Shaddai takes place in a fantastical interpretation of biblical themes, taking primary inspiration from the apocryphal...

ZX Spectrum (2014)

You are El Stompo, TV repair thing of some considerable repute. Your job is to fix all TVs on each...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera is a side-scrolling platform adventure title developed by THQ. The game is based...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

The Black Witch has been caught and burnt until there was nothing left along with her possessions. An Elf creeps...

Elves in Paradise: Elf Bowling 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The Great Elf Strike of 1999 brought the North Pole to it's knees. Several demands had to be met like...

El Viento Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

In 1930s New York, a dark cult plans the resurrection of their master, the Dark Prince Hastur, in order to...

Elvira: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

A platform game starring the well-known Mistress of the dark popularized by Horror Soft's RPGs, Elvira: The Arcade Game consists...

Windows (2002)

There are many merchandise articles about Elvis and one of them is a "Jiggle-Elvis" which played an important part in...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Emaze, short for electronic maze puts the player in a rapidly changing electronic maze. The goal is to find the...

Emberwind Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Emberwind is a fantasy retro platformer inspired by the 8-bit era of games. It is set in the land of...

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