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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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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), Wii (2009), 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...

Arcade (1993)

Welcome aboard the Starship Dragoon, gunners! From now on, you are no longer 'I', you are 'we'! We will fight...

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...

DOS (1997)

The Galaxians is a freeware clone of the classic shoot 'em up game Galaxian. The objective of the game is...

Galax-i-Birds Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

In this Galaxian-style shooter, players control a ship who must dodge wave upon wave of birds such as vultures, chickens,...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Galaxions is inspired by the arcade game Galaga where you control a spacecraft at the bottom of the screen moving...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Galaxy is a Galaga variant that builds on the ideas explored in the Commodore PET game Galaga, an earlier unlicensed...

Galaxy 5000 NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Galaxy 5000 is an isometric-perspective space racing game where 4 spaceships compete head to head in outer space races. 1...

Amiga (1989)

Galaxy 89 is a Galaga clone. The player controls a spaceship that can only move left and right at the...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Earth is the most beautiful planet in the galaxy, and its peaceful existence is threatened by the criminal mastermind Ballas....

Supervision (1992)

Galaxy Fighter is a vertically-scrolling space shooter. Many kinds of enemies appear in waves to attack the player, piloting an...

Galaxy Fight: Universal Warriors PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1995), Neo Geo (1995), PSP (2010), Neo Geo CD (1995), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2010), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1995)

As the millennium nears in the far future, a being of ultimate power named Felden will make his appearance in...

Galaxy Force SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1989) and Arcade (1988)

Made in the hey-day of SEGA's sprite scaling hardware (After Burner, Out Run) in the arcades, Galaxy Force is a...

Galaxy Force II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2009), Nintendo 3DS (2013), FM Towns (1991) and Arcade (1988)

You are strapped into a spaceship to take on five dangerous settings, ranging from a pleasant garden to hostile fire...

Arcade (1971)

Galaxy Game is a conversion of one of the earliest video games ever produced, Spacewar. Released in September of 1971,...

ZX81 (1981)

Galaxy Invaders is a Space Invaders clone where you control a craft on the bottom of the screen moving left...

Galaxy Invaders Browser Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Browser (2005)

Galaxy Invaders is a clone of Space Invaders. You control a small ship which can move left and right at...

ZX81 (1983)

In Galaxy Jailbreak the player takes control of some kind of man of law who has just captured some evil...

Galaxy Of Games: Kids Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Galaxy Of Games: Kids Pack is one of a series of game compilations in eGame's 'Galaxy Of Games' series.Typically these...

Galaxy on Fire iPhone Front Cover

J2ME (2005), Symbian (2010), iPhone (2009) and Zeebo (2009)

It is the 4th millenium and mankind is at war with the Vossk Empire for the control of many star...

Galaxy on Fire 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), J2ME (2009), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Galaxy on Fire 2 continues the adventures of the mercenary/bounty hunter Keith T. Maxwell. As he's on his way to...

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