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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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The Executioner Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991)

A simple little game that is a later reworking of the ancient game, Thrust. With the full effects of gravity...

Exed Exes NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), Wii (2010) and Arcade (1985)

On a planet 6000 light-years from earth, there were creatures called Exes, which resemble large insects, that were used for...

Exelinya Burst! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Exelinya Burst!, the sequel to Exelinya, is fast-paced single-screen arena shooter starring an anime character with a grappling claw. She...

Exerion NES Front Cover

Windows (2004), NES (1985), MSX (1984), Wii (2007), SG-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1983)

This is a shoot-em-up game with parallax effects in the background. It does have a simulation of inertia in the...

MSX (1984)

This is a shoot-em-up game is the sequel to Exerion again with parallax effects in the background. It does have...

Exile Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Amiga CD32 (1995), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

When a terraforming team on an unexplored planet sends some disturbing messages back to Earth and then stops responding altogether,...

Exile Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1991), MSX (1988), PC-88 (1988), PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X1 (1989)

After Sadler defeated the Caliph, he returned to his home village, greeted by his fellow assassins. A spy of the...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Exile: Wicked Phenomenon is a sequel to Exile, following once again the adventures of the series' protagonist, the Middle Eastern...

Exit PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Exit places you in the role of Mr. ESC, professional escape artist extraordinaire. As Mr. ESC, your job is to...

Exit 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

PSP (2006) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Mr. ESC returns in the sequel to the original Exit. Once again, the player must use a combination of platform...

Exit DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Exit DS consists of over 100 levels in which the player takes control of Mr. Esc who must rescue people...

Browser (2010)

In Exit Path, the player must run and jump through various deadly obstacles to reach the their freedom. If the...

Ex Machina Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In 1960s, a crashed scout space ship of the n'eri race was found by the USA in the desert near...

Genesis (1992)

In the game you have to stop mutant Lord Sluggo. You and five of your comrades are not mutants as...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are a UFO. You must shoot tall and short towers above ground. You can shoot the short ones on...

SAM Coupé (1993)

Earth is under siege by the 'Bugs United Terrorist Team' (B.U.T.T.) led by the evil Dr. Gub who is looking...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Exodus is a single screen shooter where your task is to stop creatures and objects from escaping 'The Pit', an...

Exodus from the Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The year is 2016 and it is suddenly discovered that Earth is in trouble. In less than 20 years, the...

Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), Genesis (1993) and NES (1991)

In Exodus you need to guide Moses through 100 different levels in order to reach the promised land. The gameplay...

Odyssey 2 (1983) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

In Exojet + the player controls a spaceship which has gone astray during a reconnaissance mission to an unknown planet...

Exolon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

This action game combines shoot 'em up and platform elements, as you control a flying man who can gain an...

Exolon DX Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Exolon DX is a remake of the classic Exolon on the ZX Spectrum.You are a cyborg named Vitorc and must...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Exorcist is a Pac-Man variant. The player takes control of Sparkie, a blobby yet spikey character who is lost in...

Genesis (1995)

Based on the American animated television series of the same name that ran between 1993 and 1994, this game puts...

Expect No Mercy Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

Based on the movie by the same name, Expect no Mercy follows the same plot. In a future world, The...

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