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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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PC-88 (1984) and Sharp X1 (1983)

The player's goal in Harvest is to collect all apples on single screen level layout with his cat-resembling character, while...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

As Aipom, a monkey with a hand for a tail, you collect ripe fruits as they fall from trees. However,...

Harvey Headbanger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Rotund drinkers Harvey Headbanger and Hamish Highball are at war in this single-screen action duel with a strategic edge. Walking...

Hasbro Family Game Night 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and Wii (2010)

Hasbro Family Game Night 3 is the third installment in the board game-to-video game franchise by Hasbro and EA.All of...

The Hatchings iPad Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In a common formula for Orisinal, in this game a player competes against a declining time limit trying to rack...

H.A.T.E. Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Hostile All-Terrain Encounters await in this shoot 'em up notable for it's unusual diagonal scroll, which is similar to Costa...

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Extend PSP Front Cover

PSP (2011)

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Extend is the third game in the Project DIVA series and the last to be released...

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2012)

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F is a rhythm game starring Hatsune Miku alongside fellow Vocaloids Megurine Luka, Kaito, Meiko, and...

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2014) and PS Vita (2014)

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is the sequel to Project DIVA F, featuring many of the same gameplay elements...

SNES (1994)

Hat Trick Hero 2 is the follow up to Hat Trick Hero, and it is loosely based on the arcade...

Arcade (1988)

Haunted Castle is a 2D arcade platform game, part of the Castlevania game universe. It's the first game in the...

Windows (2001)

Haunted Castle 3: Trevor's Quest is a freeware game in the vein of Castlevania from Miguel Perez. CHC3 follows in...

The Haunted: Hell's Reach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

The Haunted: Hell's Reach is a multiplayer third-person shooter set in Hell. Each player takes the role of one of...

Haunted House Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1981)

Hidden throughout a haunted mansion are three pieces of a magical urn, and your goal is to enter the mansion...

Windows (2004)

Haunted House is a fanmade remake of the Atari 2600 title of the same name. Your job is to collect...

Commodore 64 (1983)

In Haunted House, players control a ghost who has the task of preventing 20 souls from escaping the haunted house....

Haunting Ground PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

In Haunting Ground you play as Fiona Belli, a young girl who has lost her memory. She awakens in a...

Haven: Call of the King PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

The King Athellion has left his homeworld to fight in an intergalactic crusade. He left behind a huge bell -...

Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Destroy tanks, turrets, and other enemies in a future world controlled by powerful corporations. It's quite similar to Battlezone. Your...

Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

Here's your opportunity to fly a Soviet gunship Mi-28 nicknamed Havoc. If you don't fancy flying a Soviet helicopter then...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The future. The year is 2024 and the global disarmament plan has been finally realized. World Peace Force maintains the...

Hawkeye Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

A bi-directional horizontally scrolling platform game, Hawkeye has the player in control of an SLF (Synthetic Life Form) controlled from...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Hawk F-123 is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up. There is no background story in the game and no cutscenes; the player pilots...

Hawk Moon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Hawk Moon is an arcade platform game. The player assumes the role of smuggler Johnnie. The aim is to find...

Atari 8-bit (1989)

The follow-up to Laser Hawk takes a wider view of the universe. Your aim is to take over several hostile...

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