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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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Everyone's A Wally (The Life of Wally) Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Wally Week's third game introduces us to more members of his gang. As well as his lady Wilma, his mates...

Evil Core: The Fallen Cities Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In the year 20,000 AD humans have long since moved away from the planet Earth to a mysterious planet called...

Evil Days of Luckless John Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Evil Days of Luckless John is a mix of genres, having the point and click adventures as a main reference....

Evil Dead iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Evil Dead is a twin-stick, 3D hack & slash game based on the 1981 horror movie of the same name....

Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Ash returns for another round of killing, slashing and destroying the undead.On this occasion, with a brand new story based...

Evil Dead: Hail to the King Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

Ash, the square-jawed, insult-spewing, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed hero from the cult classic Evil Dead trilogy is back. Picking up eight years...

Evil Dead: Regeneration Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Taking place right after the events depicted in the movie,Evil Dead 2, Ash is arrested for the murder of the...

Evil Dead (Special Movie Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

This combined release includes: Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick (game) Evil Dead 2 (movie)

Commodore 64 (1984)

Based on the horror movie of the same name released a year earlier, here you take on the role of...

Apple II (1987)

You are an eyeball in outer space. You shoot at the floating objects in your quadrant until they're all gone...

Amiga (1989)

Evil Garden is a Centipede variant. As with the original, the principle is that a centipede roams around the playing...

EvilQuest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2012)

EvilQuest is 2D retro action role-playing game. The player controls Galvis - an evil Dark Knight who wants ultimate power...

Windows (2008)

Evil Resistance: Morning of the Dead is a survival horror-FPS in modern Moscow setting. The main character - policewoman Natalia...

Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (2002)

Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles is a surrealistic 3D platformer from France. The player guides the orphan boy Cyprien through a...

The Evil Within Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

The Evil Within is an action survival horror game that draws inspiration from the Resident Evil series with a grimy...

Evil Zone PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Evil Zone is a 3D / 360 degree movement anime style fighting game. It has Story Mode, One Player Battle...

Evochron Alliance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Evochron Alliance is a sci-fi action game where the player controls a space ship. Aliens want to conquer the earth...

Evolution PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1982), ColecoVision (1983) and Apple II (1982)

Evolution is an arcade style action game with six levels where you need to evolve from an amoeba to a...

Evolution Windows Front Cover iwin.com release

Windows (2007)

Using the mouse to move, you start the Evolution game at the microscopic level : eat microbes and amoebas that...

FM Towns (1989)

Evolution is a simple first-person perspective 3D shooter set in an abstract environment. The protagonist represents an evolving creature who...

Evolution SHMUP Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The game's intention is as its title suggests -- to randomly present a shoot-'em-up, in which a player-controlled sprite at...

Evolva Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Evolva is a third-person action game with a difference. After a bizarre biological menace falls on an alien world and...

Evolva / Giants: Citizen Kabuto  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Dual-CD re-release of Evolva Giants: Citizen Kabuto

Evolve Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Evolve is an asymmetrical multiplayer game for five players. It is played with a team of four humans against a...

E. V. O.: Search for Eden SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

The storyline of E.V.O.: Search for Eden follows the same patterns as modern Evolution theories. The players first controls a...

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