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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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Horror Zombies from the Crypt DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Horror Zombies from the Crypt pays homage to the horror genre of the 1950's by creating Count Frederick Valdemar (our...

Horse Race Starter Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Horse Race Starter is a very simple "race game", where the player takes the part of the signaler for a...

DOS (1982)

An adaptation of Snake where your multi-segmented character represents a garden hose: move it about in four directions across the...

Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Apple IIgs (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Macintosh (1989), BBC Micro (1990), Electron (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Terrorists have overrun an embassy and hold the people inside as hostages. You control six counter-terrorists whose mission is to...

Atari ST (1990)

Hostile Reception is a multi screen shoot'em-up game written in STOS.You must destroy the evil Slians and restore peace to...

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The year is 2032. The world is at peace, after having banished war in the final battle long ago. All...

Hotel Dash: Suite Success Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and iPad (2011)

Quinn - of Wedding Dash fame - has started booking honeymoon's as a new line of business, in addition to...

Amiga (1989)

In this game you play the role of a detective who is hunting murderers in a hotel. The gameplay involves...

Hotel Mario CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

This is a puzzle game based on the Nintendo character Mario. The Princess has invited Mario and Luigi to a...

Hotline Miami Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Hotline Miami is a violent top-down action game set in Miami, Florida in 1989. The protagonist is a hitman, nicknamed...

Hot Pixel PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Hot Pixel is a casual game happening in a pixellized universe mixed from street culture, digital lifestyle and old-school style...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Reminiscent of the original arcade style games, players steer a bus with a group of multicolored spuds on it. As...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Hot Rod is a top-view racing game influenced by Super Sprint, in which three miniature cars race to complete a...

Windows (2004)

From Hot Rod Magazine, here's a game giving you the ability to buy used cars, fix them up, and then...

Hotshot Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

A simple two-player game released to much marketing fanfare, Hotshot places you and another player (either another person or an...

NES (1986)

In Hottāman no Chitei Tanken, players help guide Hottāman as he explores fifteen different underground locales. The most important part...

Hot Throttle Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Hot Throttle is an absurd racing game about a man in a midlife crisis who decides to leave behind his...

Hot Wheels: Beat That! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

In Hot Wheels: Beat That!, the player can take the controls of 30 authentic Hot Wheels cars and compete in...

Hot Wheels: Crash! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this game you are a stunt driver. Your goal is to produce the most spectacular crash possible. Drive one...

Hot Wheels: Extreme Racing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Based on the Hot Wheels toy car collection, this racing game takes you on a wild ride though various, rather...

Windows (2001)

Hot Wheels: Jetz puts the player in the cockpit of one of seven available jet fighters. The mission: Save your...

Game Boy Color (2000)

A side-scrolling stunt racer where the player is rewarded with speed bonuses for each stunt. Tracks are based on the...

Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Driver Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This is adventure racing with over 12 different cars including adventurous tracks through greenhouses, living rooms, sandboxes, while doing insane...

Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Driver 2: GET 'N DIRTY Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Stunt Track Driver 2: GET 'N DIRTY is the second in the Hot Wheels racing series, geared toward kids. It...

Hot Wheels: Ultimate Racing PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Ultimate Racing is the first game in the series of Hot Wheels licensees to appear on the PSP platform. Just...

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