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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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F-Zero GX GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Join Captain Falcon and a host of drivers from around the galaxy in this, the return of F-Zero.Along with the...

Windows (1996)

An add on to Fury³ for Windows, this adds additional levels to the game. Graphics and gameplay are identical in...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

The game is a combination of two genres, platformer and quiz game. Gadget, the main character, has invented a time...

Genesis (1992)

Late one night, the malevolent Thump enters the Gadget Kingdom's castle and steals the Gadget King's gem. The king wakes...

SEGA Master System (1993)

Gaegujangi Kkachi is a Korean-made platform game starring Kkachi, the rebellious kid and the protagonist of Lee Hyun-se's cartoon A...

Arcade (1993)

Gaiapolis is 2D top-down arcade game mix beat'em up and light RPG elements, with the action set in the world...

Gaiares Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

It's the year 300x. The Earth has been ravaged by careless humans, leaving an uninhabitable, polluted wasteland. The space terrorists,...

PC-98 (1993)

The hero of this game, named Zenith, has borrowed too much money. The village inhabitants just beat him up, but...

Gain Ground Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1991), SEGA Master System (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1988)

Gain Ground is an arcade style action game with a bit of strategy thrown in. The goal is get all...

DOS (1992)

Gamplay is similar to Galaxian and Galaga, Galacta gives you a top-down space shooter just like the arcade games.Move back...

Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power is a science fiction 3D turn based strategy game based on the 1971 novel Prisoners...

Apple II (1980)

Galactic Attack is a real-time space combat game which combines arcade elements with strategic planning. Using keyboard commands you control...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In this game, players have to launch a spaceship from a vessel that moves left and right repeatedly until the...

Galactic Attack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), SEGA Saturn (1995), iPhone (2012) and Arcade (1994)

Galactic Attack is a top-down shooter, there are seven levels to play, ranging from battles in the atmosphere of planets...

DOS (1990)

This Space Invaders-style shooter pits the player against eleven different waves of alien opponents which recur over the course of...

Galactic Command: Echo Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Galactic Command: Echo Squad is a realism focused spaceship simulation game in the vein of Battlecruiser 3000AD.The player takes control...

Galactic Command: Echo Squad (Second Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Galactic Command: Echo Squad (Second Edition) is the same game as Galactic Command: Echo Squad with the following changes: Support...

Galactic Conqueror DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

As rebel forces close in on the space station Gallion, you launch strikes against enemy-controlled planets in the most sophisticated...

NES (1990) and Supervision (1992)

Your starship is alive! A metamorphic creature that can transform from a huge flying insect into a metallic destroyer. Face...

Acorn 32-bit (1992)

In the far future the peaceful moon of Lygon has been invaded by an robotic alien race known as the...

Galactic Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In this game you have to roam the space with your spaceship to conquer the universe. Progressing from one star...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Ten power flowers have been stolen and hidden in a set of caves. As the gardener in charge, it is...

ZX81 (1983)

Galactic Gunner is a shooting game where the player has to shoot down as many ships from an enemy space...

Galactic Patrol Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

Galactic Patrol is a 3D homage to the classic arcade hits of the early 80's, and embodies the look and...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

You are the commander of a spacecraft and your mission is to seek and destroy as many Klingons as you...

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