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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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Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Hamtaro and his friends are back for another installment of the ever-so-popular Hamtaro craze. This time, Spat threatens to cause...

Game Boy Color (2001)

It's Hamtaro time! Boss has a big secret in store for the Ham-Hams, but he's gotta find them first! The...

Hamtaro Rainbow Rescue Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Lots of mini-games in a cute world filled with talking hamsters, each with their own specialities.Prince Bo fell off his...

Windows (2001)

The protagonist of this game is a bastard son of a rich man. Your father has died, and his legal...

SNES (1994)

Hana no Keiji: Kumo no Kanata ni is a weapon-based versus fighting game based on the manga of the same...

NES (1987)

Two musicians, Moeta and Goro, travel across Japan trying to gain musical stardom. Their journey in Japan takes them to...

Windows (2009)

Handball Manager 2010 is a managerial simulation of handball where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success...

Windows (2000)

You are Jacob Streiker, and you're getting mighty fed up with things. A vicious cartel of mutant mechanistic animals controls...

Game Boy Color (2001)

As the young Sebastian, gamers take the role of the son of a brilliant scientist who has discovered a means...

Windows (2004)

In Hanfbaron the player takes the role of Ronny who cultivates hemp all over the city. The goal of the...

Hang-On & Astro Warrior SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

Two games included on one cartridge. Hang-On is a motorcycle racing game where the player must race against time and...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

One day, Hani (sometimes known as Honey), who is a phallic objet d'art from stoneage Japan, is summoned by the...

Hank Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Hank is an old-school treasure hunter, digging his way through the soil. Unfortunately, the treasures he seeks belong to the...

Windows (1995), CD-i (1993) and Macintosh (1995)

Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Carnival is a children's game featuring familiar Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters such as the Flintstones, Scooby Doo and the...

Hanse 1480: Das Vermächtnis Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Hanse 1480: Das Vermächtnis is the successor of Hanse: Die Expedition and is a managerial strategy game set in the...

MSX (1987) and PC-88 (1987)

In our universe matter and anti-matter co-exist with each other. However, prevalence of anti-matter may create chaos and eventually disrupt...

Hans Kloss Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and Atari 8-bit (1992)

Hans Kloss is a platform game unofficially based on the Polish TV series "Stawka Większa niż Życie". The protagonist, an...

NES (1987)

Once there lived a sorcerer's apprentice named Hao who, day after day, did every thankless task the Great Wizard asked...

SNES (1994)

Ryu Knight is based on an anime series of the same name. The story of the game is simple: you...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

The Headmaster of a private school has his wallet stolen one day and blames one of the school boys for...

Happy Feet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), GameCube (2006) and Wii (2006)

The Happy Feet game features the voices of Elijah Wood and Brittany Murphy, who reprise their roles from the movie....

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Happy Feet Two: Erik's Adventure is a game based on the 2011 animated film Happy Feet Two. The game follows...

HappyLand Adventures Macintosh Front Cover

DOS (2000), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2011)

HappyLand is a side scrolling platform jumping game that requires you to gather and lead happyland animals to the happyzones....

Windows (2000)

HappyLand Adventures: X-mas Edition is a Christmas-themed follow-up to the original Happyland Adventures with a special set of levels with...

Supervision (1992)

Happy Race is a top-down arcade driving game, strikingly similar to Namco's Rally-X sans the scrolling. Each stage consists of...

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