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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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Galactic Protector SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

As a ship that looks like the one in the Fantasy Zone series you must protect three planets from floating...

Nintendo DS (2010)

Galactic Taz Ball features Looney Tunes character the Tasmanian Devil (Taz) along with the game's antagonist, Marvin the Martian. Marvin...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

Galactic Trooper is a variant of the arcade game Astro Invader which is a shoot 'em up similar to Space...

Galactic Warrior Rats Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

Einstein, Newton and Darwin are the Galactic Warrior Rats, mutant hybrids who come under your control in this top-down multi-directional...

Amiga (1990)

A "snake" game written in compiled AmigaBASIC with a few unusual touches. When the worm eats the subterranean strawberries, it...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

GWfUM is a wrestling/fighting game developed by the same development team that did Def Jam Vendetta. There are 45 different...

Galactix DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Windows (1999)

Defend Earth from destruction from the onslaught of the Xidus fleet. Your state-of-the-art ship is equiped with a limitless supply...

BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Galaforce is a straight forward shoot-em-up. Your ships encounters wave after wave of alien ships which attack you in formation....

Galaga NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Atari 7800 (1987), MSX (1984), Palm OS (2006), Windows Mobile (2005), Xbox 360 (2006), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1985), Wii U (2013), Sord M5 (1982) and Arcade (1981)

Galaga is a vertical arcade shooter from Namco. You control a space fighter at the bottom of the screen, scrolling...

Galaga 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1984)

You control a ship that must shoot down a number of enemy ships that attempt to kill you with bombs...

Galaga '90 Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1991), TurboGrafx-16 (1988), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

Galaga '90 is a port of the arcade game Galaga '88.Galaga '90 takes the basic gameplay of Galaga and adds...

Amiga (1992)

Galaga '92 is a full-featured Galaga clone for the Amiga. It makes no attempt to emulate the look of the...

Galaga: Destination Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

The player chases the famous alien horde through space debris, asteroid fields and the rings of Saturn before orbiting the...

Game Boy Color (2000)

This handheld version is in the same spirit as its console cousins, excluding the graphics and the 3-D perspective. This...

Galaga Legions Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

The alien Galaga army is once again attacking Earth. Taking the same design philosophy as Pac-Man: Championship Edition, Galaga Legions...

Galaga Remix iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Play an enhanced remix of the classic, Galaga! Experience the classic fun of Galaga, with new features that change up...

Windows (1996)

Galagatron is a freeware space shooter developed using Klik&Play. The developer had enjoyed playing Deluxe Galaga on his Amiga and...

Galapagos Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Galapagos is a world of evil self-replicating robots. They have just created helpless Mendel, an insect-like little robot that will...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Galax Attax is a clone of Namco's Galaxian, which was one of the first shoot'em'ups to deviate from the original...

DOS (1996)

Galaxi is a shareware shoot 'em up arcade style game which is a homage to the classic game Galaxian. The...

VIC-20 (1983)

Galaxia is an arcade style shooter. You control a spaceship and need to earn as many points as possible by...

Galaxian PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), NES (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 5200 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1984), MSX (1984), Palm OS (2004), PC-88 (1983), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1985) and Arcade (1979)

Galaxian is a shoot 'em up in which the player is at the bottom of the screen, with an arrangement...

Atari 2600 (2002)

Galaxian Arcade is an alteration of the official Atari 2600 release of Galaxian. The graphics have been altered to make...

Oric (1983)

Galaxians is a fixed screen shoot 'em up most similar to Galaxian. Lately a number of freighters have gone missing...

ZX81 (1983)

Galaxians & Gloops is a double game pack that contains:Galaxians: Based on the arcade game, you control a craft at...

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