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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DOS (1991)

In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots,...

DOS (1991)

In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots,...

DOS (1991)

In the year 1997, the maniacal Dr. Proton has developed mechanical creatures known as Techbots. Commanding an army of Techbots,...

The Dukes of Hazzard II: Daisy Dukes It Out PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Nearly identical gameplay to Dukes of Hazzard: Racing For Home, this game is 18 more levels of racing around the...

The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (1999)

Boss Hogg is foreclosing the farm. Bo and Luke are the prime suspects of the robbery of the County Bank....

The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

You play gold old boys Bo & Luke Duke as you fight to rescue Uncle Jesse from jail and save...

Windows (1997)

Contains: authorised editions of DUKE Xtreme, Duke!ZONE II and a free T-shirt. Requires full version of Duke Nukem 3D Atomic...

Duke Xtreme Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Duke Xtreme is an add-on for Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition or Duke Nukem 3D: Plutonium PAK,...

Duke!ZONE DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Duke!ZONE is a set of 500 (five hundred) add-on levels for the original Duke Nukem 3D.

DOS (1997)

Duke!ZONE II is an add-on to Duke Nukem 3D. It contains three new episodes: Arctic Assault, Monkey Shines, and Alien...

Dumb Ways to Die iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

This game contains various characters who resemble jelly beans with arms, legs, and faces. Each is engaged in various unwise...

Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Those bumbling (and brainless) characters from Dumb Ways to Die are back. And still headed for trouble.Just like before, Dumb...

Dun Darach ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Dun Darach may be the first ever videogame prequel – to Tir Na Nog. As such, it features the warrior...

Dunes of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Dunes of War is a stand-alone add-on for Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory. This expansion adds two new campaigns...

Dung Beetles TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and PC-6001 (1983)

Sneak through unique maze after maze gobbling white dots while being hunted by the Mega-Bugs. Their job is made easier...

Windows (2009)

Dungeon is a platform game where you control a white man running through a dungeon. On your way, you encounter...

Dungeon Defenders Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Dungeon Defenders is a tower defense variant with action elements. Just like in every tower defense game, the goal is...

Dungeon Escape! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

A loving homage to Dragon's Lair and its FMV ilk, this game puts the player in control of "Guy" the...

Dungeon Explorer SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1995)

The Goddess of Ambition is locked up in the mazes beneath the Darkling tower. A legend is told that once...

Dungeon Explorer TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2007)

The former king of Oddesia has entrusted you with an important, dangerous task. You must find the sacred ORA stone,...

Dungeon Explorer II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993), Wii (2008) and Wii U (2015)

Dungeon Explorer II is a continuation of the story told in Dungeon Explorer. After the fall of the Darklord Natas,...

Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

A revamped update of the TurboGrafx-16 game. This story has the player head to a lost kingdom called Westoria which...

Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts is a remake of the original Dungeon Explorer released on the TurboGrafx-16 in 1989.Warriors...

MSX (1989)

Dungeon Hunter is a First Person Shooter dungeon horror game that is played using a gun joystick. There were three...

Dungeon Keeper 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Dungeon Keeper 2 is a genre-defying blend of real-time strategy, god sim, first-person action and fantasy role-playing. DK2 turns the...

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