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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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Windows (2003)

Explodin Crapola: Helicopter Cacophony II is an action game, where the player controls a helicopter and must perform several missions,...

Exploding Fist + Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

As with IK+, the main addition of this Way of the Exploding Fist follow-up is a third player during the...

Windows (1999)

Commodore 64 (1990)

Exploding Wall is inspired by the arcade game Arkanoid where you control a bat at the bottom of the screen,...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Your aim in this single screen platform game spread over 15 levels is to collect all the money that was...

Explorer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

After attempting to simulate orienteering with The Forest, Graham Relph takes things a step further by creating a game-world with...

Express Raider Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

Your aim in life is to be the greatest train robber in the Wild West, a multi-stage task. Your character...

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

The screen display in Extase depicts a symmetrical network of wires, some buttons, some fuses, some switches, and a picture...

Windows (2007)

Exteel is an on-line sci-fi third person shooter where giant Mechanaughts battle each other using both melee and ranged weaponry....

Amiga (1986) and Atari ST (1986)

Extensor is a light cycle game played from a first person perspective. Taking place on the planet Spazm it sees...

Atari ST (1990)

Exterminate is a side scrolling shoot em up game. On a far away planet the forces of evil have begun...

Extermination PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

On December 24, 2005, Sergeant Dennis Riley, member of the special U.S. Marine Team Red Light receives a distress call...

Exterminator Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Of all the mundane tasks which've been turned into action-packed games, bug-repelling must be up there with being a Paper...

Exterminator TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1982)

Wandering, vicious bugs are on the loose. Your object is to trap them in seven boxes as they fall through...

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

The Exterminator is essentially a clone of the arcade game Centipede. A centipede forms from the top of the screen...

Extinction iPad Front Cover

Windows (2010), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Extinction is a top-down 3D shooter with zombies, guns and cars in a free-roaming environment inspired by the early Grand...

Windows (2008)

Extra Brain Power is the sequel to Brain Power. This game features additional game modes and difficulty levels. New game...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Extra-Terrestrial is a single screen side view shooter where it is your mission to destroy an alien invasion that is...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Your task in Extreme essentially involves wiping out alien pirates, across 3 distinct sections. This was essentially a spare-time pet...

Extreme Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Extreme Assault is an arcade shooting game in which the player takes control of two different vehicles: a fictional Sioux...

Extreme-G Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Blazingly fast futuristic motor cycle racing. Blast your opponents off the track with laser cannons, homing missiles and an assortment...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

When Extreme Ghostbusters Roland and Garrett have been kidnapped by the half-demon, half human Count Mercharior, it's up to the...

Extreme Paintbrawl Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In Extreme Paintbrawl, you get a chance the play America's up and coming sport, paintball. Using the Build engine, it...

Extreme Paintbrawl 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The sequel to the laughter inducing Extreme Paintbrawl is just that: a sequel to a critically ragged on game. Experience...

Extreme Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1996), PSP (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Extreme Pinball is Epic Megagames' successor to Epic Pinball. It contains four pinball tables: Rock Fantasy, Medieval Knights, Urban Chaos,...

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