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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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2 Games in 1: SpongeBob SquarePants - Battle for Bikini Bottom + SpongeBob SquarePants - Supersponge Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

This double pack has two of the SpongeBob GBA games combined on one cartridge: SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom...

Supervision (1992)

This multicart includes two games: Hash Blocks and Eagle Plan. This version of Hash Blocks lacks most of the game...

2in1 Pack: Battle Arena Toshinden - Fatal Fury 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This compilation includes two complete beat-'em-up games: Battle Arena Toshinden Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory.

2in1 Pack: Dragon's Lair - Space Ace Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This compilation includes the following 2 games on CD-ROM: Dragon's Lair Space Ace

Game Boy Advance (2005)

This compilation features the two games V-Rally 3 and Stuntman.

Commodore 64 (1992)

2K-Fighter is a vertical shoot-em-up where you scroll up the screen to blast a wave of baddies. Once the wave...

2onOne: L.A. Swat + Panther Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1988)

This compilation contains two shoot-em-ups: L.A. Swat Panther

Atari 2600 (1992)

An unlicensed multi-cart from the Australian-based game distributor HES. The two games featured on this cartridge are "Alien Force" (actually...

Atari 2600 (1992)

Another entry in HES's extensive line of "2 pak specials". This cartridge contains two reissued games from Imagic: Cavern Blaster...

Atari 2600 (1992)

This is a two-in-one cartridge with two Imagic games: Space Voyage (a renaming of Star Voyager) Fire Alert (a renaming...

2 Tasty Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and iPad (2011)

2 Tasty is very similar to Gourmania, another game that blends the hidden object and time management genres common to...

300: March to Glory PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

300: March to Glory is a 3D action game based on the Warner Bros. box office smash as well as...

30th Anniversary of PAC-MAN Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man's original launch in video game arcades, Google placed a themed version of the...

Windows (2003)

3105 A.D. is a freeware single-player arcade style game similar to Galaxian.It is keyboard controlled with the arrow keys moving...

360 Lines Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

360 Lines is a tile matching game in which the player has to move circles on the playfield to create...

3 Count Bout Neo Geo Front Cover

Neo Geo (1993), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1993)

3 Count Bout is a one-on-one fighting game. Choose from ten wrestlers who have their own power attacks. There are...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

3d24 is a side-scrolling puzzle solving action game, similar to Robbo. The player controls a robot. His goal is to...

The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The 3D Adventures of Sailor Moon is based on the TV anime series Sailor Moon. It is basically an interactive...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

You're tasked with defending your space station from wave after wave of incoming alien invaders in this more modern take...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

3D Bat Attack takes place in Transylvania where the player has ended up inside the tower of Count Dracula's castle....

BREW (2004)

3D Battle Tank is a first-person vector graphics tank game, based loosely on the classic Atari arcade game Battlezone. Each...

DOS (1998)

A freeware 3D version of Bomberman. You play as one of the "Bombermen" (cute spacesuit wearing anime characters) and your...

J2ME (2009)

3D Bomberman Atomic is a mobile version of Hudson Soft's long running series. Although the game uses three dimensional graphics...

Commodore 64 (1988)

3-D Breakout is based on the classic game Breakout where you have to deflect a ball with a paddle and...

3-D Brickaway Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

This is a racquetball-like game that is best described as a 3D variation of Breakout.You are at the end on...

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