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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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DOS (1993)

Helious is a game where you must maneuver a balloon through levels without popping it. As you maneuver the balloon,...

DOS (1993)

Helious II is the second part of Helious. The first part was available without charge as a shareware "teaser" where...

Helix Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Helix is a platform game. The player's task is to crawl through a hundred chambers of an old castle to...

Hellbender Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Councillor, we have a big problem. The Bion commandos have just destroyed our fighter pilot training school. ALL of our...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

In Hell Bent, set in 3530, the player takes the role of Captain Drak Hellbent who has to drive off...

Browser (2009)

Hellblades is a multiplayer action game which runs in a browser. The player takes the role of a helicopter pilot...

Hellboy: Dogs of the Night Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2003)

Hellboy: Dogs of the Night (also released as Hellboy: Asylum Seeker) is a third-person action game in which the player...

Hellboy: The Science of Evil PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008)

Hellboy: The Science of Evil is the second game adaptation of Mike Mignola's popular comic book character (now also featured...

Hellboy: The Science of Evil Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

You take on the role of Hellboy, the demon from hell who was raised by humans. The story centers around...

Browser (2011)

Hellbreed is a fantasy hack-and-slash game set in the world of Manjuri. The player can choose one of three character...

Hell Cab Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

In Hell Cab the player controls a traveler who was about to board a plane in the JFK airport when...

Hell-Copter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Hell-Copter flying squadron and its leader Robert Fortune are feared around the world. You play Fortune in these 20...

Helldorado Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Helldorado is a tactical 3D strategy game set in the Wild West. It was originally designed as an expansion for...

Hellfire Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Hellfire is an add-on to the action RPG Diablo.It adds two new dungeons to the game: the Demon Crypt and...

Hellfire Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Arcade (1989)

In the year 2998, humanity has finally reached the stars, and was able to build a prosperous, peaceful society. However,...

Hellfire Attack Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Your SuperCobra assault helicopter is the most advanced of its kind, oozing with missiles and full of power, ready to...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

Hellfire S is an updated version of the horizontal space shooter Hellfire.Basic gameplay, level layout, and graphics are for the...

Hellfire Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

As a pilot of an Apache Helicopter you have to fly through enemy terrain and save captured F-14 pilots. A...

Hellforces Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In the future, after a doomed experience with alternative power sources (using the soul of human beings to extract energy),...

Commodore 64 (1984) and VIC-20 (1984)

The Zzyaxians want to destroy Earth but don't want to appear near the planet as the chances of success are...

Hellgate: London Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

It's the year 2038 and London lies in ruins. The nearby Hellgate has turned the sky gray and it's presence...

Hellgate: London (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Collector's Edition includes: Hellgate: London Map poster A Darkhorse Hellgate: London graphic novel Bonus DVD with making-of and official...

Windows (2003)

Hellhog XP is a 3D Orbital Combat Shooter playing in the futuristic NAG universe. You control an orbital combat drone...

Hell Hole Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1991)

A side scrolling platformer that casts you as a soldier dropped behind enemy lines. Battle aliens and navigate platforms to...

The Hell in Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In The Hell in Vietnam the player takes the role of a US-soldier during the Vietnamese war. In eight unrelated...

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