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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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Gravortex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gravortex is a 2D version of the Portal concept. In 20 levels all played on a single screen, the player...

The Great Circus Mystery starring Mickey & Minnie SNES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the two plan to spend the day at the Circus only to find that it's...

J2ME (2008)

Great Elude is a 3D game where the player commands a hijacked supersonic aircraft that has to escape from an...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In the space shooter, you move your ship by moving the joystick in the direction you want to go. You...

The Great Escape DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Great Escape is an isometric action-adventure game. Controlling a prisoner of war in a German camp, your goal is...

The Great Escape Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

In this game you play the role of an American fighter pilot who is captured by the Germans during the...

Commodore 64 (1988)

In the game you are a prisoner, who wants to escape and pass your way out undetected. First, you should...

The Greatest NES Games Ever! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

The Greatest NES Games Ever! is a compilation issued by Nintendo Official Magazine UK. It contains the following games; Super...

Browser (2011)

The Great Gatsby is a platform game inspired by the 1925 novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald....

The Great Giana Sisters Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and iPhone (2012)

The Great Giana Sisters is a 2D side-scrolling arcade game like Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. After a long and deep...

The Great Jitters: Pudding Panic iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Pudding Panic is a mix of a puzzle and an action game. The player takes the role of a scared...

Great Legends: Billy the Kid II J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The sequel to Billy the Kid places you once again in the shoes of the most dangerous gunslinger in the...

Great Legends: Vikings J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2009) and J2ME (2007)

Great Legends: Vikings is a side-scrolling beat-em-up in the style of Golden Axe. In the game's story mode, the player...

Windows (2008)

Great Magic of the Deep is a short game created for the VNGN competition starring a little ball exploring the...

Great Outdoors Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Great Outdoors Pack is a compilation featuring 3 games themed around outdoors sportsmanship and hunting. They are:Hunting Unlimited USA Bass...

Great Qin Warriors Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In the year 2164, a wormhole into an alternate realm was opened by accident, and malevolent creatures known as "replicators"...

Browser (2011)

Prince William and Kate Middleton have just got married and are celebrating by throwing gifts of the royal balcony, soon...

SNES (1993), Genesis (1992) and NES (1992)

Based on the popular Where's Waldo series of books, the player's goal is to find Waldo, who is hidden in...

Apple IIgs (1989)

In Great Western Shootout the player takes the role of the Lone Lawman who is on a mission to clean...

GREED: Black Border Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Welcome to the distant future. The alliance of the five planets is broken. Fifty years of peace destroyed through mistrust...

Green Berets Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Green Berets is a total conversion for Myth II that places player in the jungles of Vietnam. Like the original...

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude! Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (1993)

In this game you play the role of a surfer called Greendog who discovers a gold pendant while out surfing....

Windows (2000)

Have you ever played old Supaplex game for DOS? Well, this game is on the same idea, but much more...

Green Fingers iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Grow an assortment of flowers in pots on a windowsill with the game Green Fingers. Use the touch screen to...

Commodore 64 (1982)

Grow flowers in the greenhouse. Make sure they get enough water and dig out the weeds before they take over...

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