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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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FM Towns (1994)

Gekirin is a self-described "RPG without a story". The player takes the role of a nameless male adventurer in an...

Gekisō Sentai Carranger: Zenkai! Racer Senshi SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996)

This side-scrolling fighting platformer is based on the Japanese anime series called Gekisō Sentai Carranger. Going through the stages you...

SNES (1993)

One year ago they took from you your wife. Now it's time to pay them back, with interest.Gekitotsu Dangan Jidōsha...

Gel: Set & Match Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Gel: Set & Match is a puzzle game where creatures need to match wobbly, jelly blocks. It is the sequel...

Browser (2009)

This free, Flash-based tower defense game is a prequel to GemCraft: Chapter One - The Forgotten featuring upgraded graphics and...

Gem Goblin Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Gem Goblin is casual gem collecting game with roguelike elements. It features procedurally generated levels with numerous biomes such as...

DOS (1986)

Your remote controlled Gemini tank is a powerful weapon. Battle enemies on remote planets and try to kill three of...

Gemini Wing Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Arcade (1987)

Humans and aliens are living in harmony in the future, until a tabloid journalist stirs up hatred towards aliens. They...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Gem Smashers is an action puzzle game where the player has to rescue prehistoric creatures captured by a fearsome scientist...

Gem Smashers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Wii (2011), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This version of Gem Smashers is a remake of the 2003 Game Boy Advance game with the same name. The...

Gems Swap Browser Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Browser (2007)

Gems Swap in a match-three-items puzzle game. You must click any two gems to make them swap places in order...

Gems Swap II Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

In Gems Swap II the player's task is to swap adjacent gems in a playfield so that a horizontal or...

Gemstone Healer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

The Gemstone saga continues in Gemstone Healer, the sequel to Gemstone Warrior, where you braved the horrors of the Netherworld...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The evil wizard Vangor wants to set Kohi under his domination. But you, brave bird-rider, and your Magus are against...

Gemstone Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1985), Macintosh (1986), PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986) and FM-7 (1985)

Gemstone Warrior is an action game with adventure elements. Players work their way through an underground catacomb, doing three things...

Gems Twist Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Browser (2008)

Gems Twist is a variation on Gems Swap. You are still trying to make enough three-or-more gem matches before time...

Gender Wars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

After eons of fighting between the genders, men and women have broken into separate factions, each using genetic engineering to...

Genei Tōgi: Shadow Struggle PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

The Phillips Foundation is sponsoring a grapple tournament, and the prize is ten million dollars. Eight warriors have gathered to...

General Chaos Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

General Chaos is an arcade-style squad RTS where the player controls a team of five soldiers in a limited battleground,...

Generation of Chaos PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005) and Android (2011)

Generation of Chaos is the fourth game in a series with the same name and takes place in a fantasy...

Genesis (1994)

Generations Lost is a platform action game in which the player takes the role of Monobe, an adventurer on the...

Generator Rex: Agent of Providence PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

Based on the kids' show on Cartoon Network, Generator Rex: Agent of Providence is a beat-em-up action game where players...

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

An action game set at a time when nascent, insectoid life forms battled each other for survival and for domination...

Amiga (1998)

Genetic Species is an award winning first-person 3D shooter, set in the grim 22nd century. Ruthless corporations dominate the world...

Windows (2009)

Genetos by Tatsuya Koyama is a 2D vertically-scrolling space shoot-em-up, but also a retrospective of the shmup genre as a...

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