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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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Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru! Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

First portable title in the Ganbare Goemon series which tell the wacky adventures of the mystical ninja Goemon as he...

Ganbare Goemon: Tōkai Dōchū Ooedo Tengurigaeshi no Maki Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Disaster strikes when Goemon and Ebisimaru are sent to jail for crimes they didn't commit! After being freed from jail...

Ganbare Goemon: Uchū Kaizoku Akogingu PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

First 32-bit title in the Ganbare Goemon series of platform/adventure games in which you take control of the heroic Goemon...

Ganbare Natsuki San Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Ganbare Natsuki San is a puzzle platform game that bears a remarkable similarity to the cult classic Umihara Kawase. The...

Neo Geo Pocket Color (2000)

In this game you keep watch on the wacky Neo Poke-kun, a cartoony programmer thing that lives locked in his...

DOS (1997)

Gandalf is a side-scrolling labyrinth action game. The protagonist of the game is a gnome named Gandalf. The sorcerer called...

Gandalf the Sorcerer Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Gandalf the Socerer is a single screen shooter viewed from behind the castle walls looking out into the land, where...

MSX (1988), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988), Sharp X1 (1987) and FM-7 (1988)

Gandhara refers to the capital of the Kushan Empire, (today's Pakistan and Afghanistan), founded in 1st century BC, whose rulers...

Browser (2001)

In an implausible game premise, five sexually-adventurous people, perhaps patrons of sponsoring Danish hook-up site Scor.dk, huddle beneath the blankets...

Gangland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

The story begins when Chico Mangano dies by a gunshot. There were witnesses who saw Chico's three brothers kill him.Their...

Gangs of London PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

In Gangs of London the player takes the role of a crime gang member who wants to take control over...

Commodore 64 (1989)

Gangster is a single screen shooter using a LightGun where you play the role of a Downtown Cop who has...

Gangster Alley Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

S.B.I. (Spectravision Bureau of Investigation) file on Chicago Joe and his gang: We apprehended Chicago Joe but in retaliation, his...

Gangster Town SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

In Gangster Town, you must use the Light Phaser to shoot unruly mobsters from the town, starting with a car...

Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

Gang$tar: West Coast Hustle is an open world game largely inspired by the Grand Theft Auto series. The player takes...

DOS (1998)

You are John Parker, Rastafarian soldier, trying to defend your herb/pot/weed/marijuana/ganja field against American soldiers. You stand on your Volkswagen...

Arcade (1999)

One month has passed since Musashi defeated his sworn enemy, Kojiro. Musashi is on his way to Kyoto to meet...

Ganso Jajamaru-kun WonderSwan Front Cover

WonderSwan (1999)

Ganso Jajamaru-kun is a remake of the NES platformer Ninja Jajamaru-kun. It includes new levels and bosses that stretch the...

Ganso Saiyūki: Super Monkey Daibōken NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

This game is based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West. The goal of the game is to survive...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Ganzen Schieten is a shoot 'em up game for one player. Geese will enter the screen and the player must...

GapKids Adventure Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

The GapKids Adventure allows the player to select between a male or female player, dress them, and embark on a...

DOS (1986)

A straightforward Amidar clone, Gapper adds a little twist, acknowledged in its name. As in its predecessors, the goal here...

Garage Inc. Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2010)

Garage Inc. is a time management game set in Chicago during the 1920s. The game is about a young husband...

DOS (1989)

Garden is a shareware arcade type of game which, in concept, is a bit like a playing Whac-A-Mole with invisible...

Garden Defense Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Garden Defense is an action / strategy game that involves protecting flower beds from being eaten by hungry insects and...

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