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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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TRS-80 CoCo (1997)

Gold Runner 2000 is an expanded clone of Lode Runner, adding both vertical and horizontal scrolling to the gameplay, as...

Goldrunner II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

Goldrunner II is set 50 years after the events of its predecessor. Since then humanity has started to use robot...

Atari ST (1987)

Goldrush is a single screen multi-level Lode runner clone. The background story tells us that its the year 3081 and...

Gold Rush Treasure Hunt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2009)

Gold Rush Treasure Hunt is a tile-matching title with gameplay similar to the Collapse games, where the objective is to...

Gold, Silver, Bronze ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

This collection features Epyx's earliest Olympic games: Summer Games Summer Games II Winter Games

Windows (2002)

Gold Sprinter is a remake of the classic game Lode Runner. The player has to collect all the gold and...

SG-1000 (1984)

Golgo 13 is a scrolling shooter based on the manga of the same name, putting the player in control of...

Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Golgo 13 is a traditional side-scrolling game that uses a third-person view in cutscenes. You play as Golgo 13, the...

Golvellius: Valley of Doom SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988), MSX (1988) and iPhone (2009)

In this game, you play Kelesis, a warrior who is sent to seek out Golvellius and rescue the beautiful Princess...

Gomola Speed TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Gomola Speed is an action game featuring a robot snake. You must find the pieces of your body strewn about...

SNES (1994)

Gon is a side scrolling platform game based on the midget t-rex from the Japanese manga series with the same...

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Amstrad PCW (1989)

Gonzzalezz is a side-scrolling platform game from Spain. The main protagonist is a Mexican stereotype (complete with sombrero and huge...

Good Bye, My Love! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Atop the screen, a giant whirling asteroid approaches the Earth, sure to fall out of the sky and kill thousands...

DOS (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

In Goody you are a thief with a mission to break into a Spanish bank. In order to accomplish that...

Goody: The Remake Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006) and Windows (2005)

This remake of the Spanish platform game from 1987 updates the graphics, sounds, brick physics and controls, while remaining faithful...

Goof Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This colorful game combines puzzle elements with fast paced action. From labyrinth style puzzles to last man standing firefights; this...

Goof Troop SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Goofy and his son Max were enjoying a peaceful day of fishing, when Keelhaul Pete absconds with Pete and PJ....

Genesis (1993)

In Goofy's Hysterical History Tour, the player takes command of Goofy himself who gets his dream job as janitor at...

Browser (2013)

On September 27th, 2013, Google Inc. celebrated it's fifteenth birthday with this interactive Google doodle. You begin with a birthday...

Browser (2012)

In homage to the tactics of overwhelming forces employed by team Zerg in the StarCraft games, search engine giant Google...

The Goonies II NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1988)

In a movie released in the 1980s, a group of youngsters formed a special gang and called themselves The Goonies....

Windows (2010)

Those who never had a chance to play to The Goonies will have an opportunity to test a free, new...

NES (1986), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and Arcade (1987)

The Goonies is based on a movie of the same name from 1985. A group of youngsters from a neighborhood...

The Goonies Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Goonies is based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name, in which a motley crew of suburban...

MSX (1986)

While this MSX version of The Goonies borrows the basic concept from the Famicom (NES) version, it features completely different...

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