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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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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Based off the third book and movie of the series, players now take control of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in...

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The PC game based on the third Harry Potter story is, like its counterpart on consoles, a three-dimensional action adventure,...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

Nearly everyone knows about Harry Potter, the little child wizard from the books by J.K. Rowling. In this action adventure...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

The first Harry Potter game for the Game Boy Advance is an action adventure that lets you play as Harry...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

One of several different games based on the first Harry Potter book and movie, the version for the PlayStation is...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Two years after versions on other platforms, the then-current consoles got their own adaptation of the first Harry Potter book...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This compilation bundles 3 games in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and...

DOS (1991)

Refusing to give up gracefully, with Terra a mere cherished memory among glowing particles of radioactive space dust, the pilot...

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...

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