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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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Heist Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Tool yourself up with your lock-pick and your dynamite, get your crew together and embark upon a life of crime....

The Heist Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1983), MSX (1986), PC-88 (1984) and FM-7 (1985)

As a cat burglar, it's up to you to collect all of the valuable paintings from each level while avoiding...

Hektik Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), VIC-20 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

In Hektik, the object is to destroy all the monsters on screen that chase the player around the level, based...

Heli Attack Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

In this side scrolling shoot'em up you are playing as a soldier who has to defend himself from attacking helicopters....

Heli Attack 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

In this side-scrolling shoot'em up you play as an elite soldier whose plane was shot down and now he is...

Heli Attack 3 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

Heli Attack 3 is the third game in the Heli Attack series. The player has to shoot down the helicopters...

Helichopper ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Your people's clones are trapped behind an electric fence on each of the 23 levels of this action game. To...

Windows (1997)

The City of NeoTokyo has been infested by the criminal activities of the Nemesys syndicate. Out of control and with...

Helicopter Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

In this game you are the pilot of a battle helicopter of the Federal Armed Forces (Deutsche Bundeswehr) to fly...

Videopac+ G7400 (1983) and Philips VG 5000 (1984)

Games back in the early 1980s often had descriptive titles. Helicopter Rescue is one of them: you have to use...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Your countries Embassy in war-torn Moldavia is under siege and the people inside need urgent help. At this moment in...

Arcade (1980)

In HeliFire you control a submarine under attack by helicopters and aquatic undersea life. Your goal is to dodge the...

Heli Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In this arcade action game you control a helicopter. You have to blast all enemies. If you shoot enough of...

Helikopter-Jagd Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

In Helikopter-Jagd you fly a helicopter, boarded with a laser gun, over a seascape with small islands. In the sea...

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...

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