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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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Amstrad CPC (1985)

The first thing the player/players of Gutter must do is inserting credits, using them to access the ball. In turns,...

G.U.T.Z. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

You must destroy a giant alien being in orbit around the earth ... from the inside!The game is a shoot-em-up,...

Guwange Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and Arcade (1999)

Guwange is 2D vertically scrolling shoot'em up played with a character moving on foot. The game takes place during the...

Guxt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Guxt is a tiny Shoot-Em-Up created by independent developer Pixel, who previously released Cave Story.Gameplay is simple. You fly your...

Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1993), Macintosh (1992) and CDTV (1993)

In this interactive cartoon you are a brave English soldier, who must stop Fascist Von Max, who wants to build...

Commodore 64 (1984), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

You are Greedy Guzzler and your task is to move about various top view mazes shown on the whole screen...

SG-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1983)

In Guzzler, you play a small transparent character trapped in a maze filled with walking flames, born from stationary fires....

GW Chef iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

GW Chef is a remake of one of the 1981 Wide Screen Game & Watch games that came on a...

Sinclair QL (1985)

Gwendoline is a French 2D platformer about a knight who needs to rescue his fiancée Gwendoline who has been kidnapped...

GW Fire iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

GW Fire is a remake of one of the 1980 Fire Game & Watch games that came on a single,...

GW Helmet iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

GW Helmet is a remake of one of the 1981 Gold Game & Watch games that came on a single,...

GW Octopus iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

GW Octopus is a remake of one of the 1981 Wide Screen Game & Watch games that came on a...

GW Parachute iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

GW Parachute is a remake of one of the 1981 Wide Screen Game & Watch games that came on a...

Gyossait Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Gyossait is a side-scrolling platform game with a horror theme. The player controls Oyeatia, the creator and god of mankind....

GYPSY Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

"A bug has to eat." These words of wisdom set the premise for the unlikely elevation of the gypsy moth...

Gyroball Browser Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Browser (2005)

In Gyroball, you control, um, a "gyroball".All you have to do to complete a level is to move your gyroball...

NES (1986), MSX (1986), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and Arcade (1984)

Gyrodine is a basic vertical scrolling shooter. You pilot a helicopter and have to shoot as many enemies as you...

Gyromite NES Front Cover

NES (1985)

In Gyromite, you need to help a mad scientist deactivate all of the dynamite in his laboratory before time runs...

Gyropod Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Gyropod is a one or two player shooter for the Commodore 64.The player controls a space ship, the Galaxy Ranger....

Gyroscope Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Releasing a game which resembles a well-known arcade game before any official license can be released was always a challenge...

Gyrostarr Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Gyrostarr is a fast-paced tube shooter for the Wii. There are 50 levels of shooting action, plus bonus levels. There...

Gyruss NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), Xbox 360 (2007) and Arcade (1983)

The entire solar system is being attacked by the vicious Gyrusians, and it's up to you to save the day!...

BBC Micro (1985) and Electron (1985)

You are Hank and to gain access to the main Central Computer Games Library you have developed a sprite called...

.hack//INFECTION - Part 1 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

.hack//INFECTION is the first in a four part game series. It's a single player adventure / rpg that "simulates" an...

.hack//MUTATION - Part 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

.hack//Mutation is the second in a four-part game series. It is a single-player RPG that "simulates" an MMORPG (such as...

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