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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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Gry Platformówki 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Gry Platformówki 2 (Platform Games 2) is a compilation of freeware and shareware platform games (as well as a couple...

Windows (2000)

G-sector is a freeware 3D shooter game set in the future. The game is a third-person shooter with "extreme sports"...

GS Mikami: Joreishi wa Nice Body SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

It's a quiet day at the Mikami Ghost Sweeping Company until a mysterious package arrives. It seems the kindly old...

DOS (1994)

G-stones III is a shareware game Breakout variant. The game area consists of an arrangement of bricks at the top...

G-Switch Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

G-Switch is set in a seemingly futuristic setting, where you control G-Switch man equipped with gravity-switching boots. It is a...

Guacamelee! PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Juan Aguacate, a former wrestler, now lives in quiet, Mexican town. At least until Carlos Calaca, the ruler of the...

Guacamelee!: Gold Edition Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Guacamelee!: Gold Edition is a compilation of: Guacamelee! Guacamelee!: El Diablo's Domain (DLC) Guacamelee!: Costume Pack 1 (DLC) This is...

Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014), Wii U (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Guacamelee!: Super Turbo Championship Edition is the third version of the game, following the PlayStation exclusive Guacamelee! and the PC...

Gua-Le-Ni, or: The Horrendous Parade iPad Front Cover

iPad (2011)

Gua-Le-Ni; or, The Horrendous Parade, is an action-puzzle casual videogame for the Apple iPad.One of its most distinguishing traits is...

Guard Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Guard is a side-scrolling space shooter. The player assumes the role of the space fighter pilot in the Galactic Corps....

Atari 2600 (1982)

Guardian is an arcade action game for one or two players. In an intergalactic war, an enemy ship called Dromeda...

Guardian Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Resembling Starfox in many ways, Guardian is a fast and furious shoot 'em up. You skim over the surface of...

VIC-20 (1981)

The name "Guardian" sounds like a euphemism for "Defender", and indeed there are similarities. This is a side-scrolling shooter with...

Guardian Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

In this Defender clone, you are a spaceship that must protect humanoids on the mountainous terrain from approaching aliens. To...

Guardian Heroes SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Ages ago, the spirits of Earth and Sky waged war on each other. Neither could win, and eventually the Sky...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

The mutants are back and this time they're faster. In your Mk.II Fighter you have to stop the Raiders flying...

The Guardian Legend NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

In the far future, Earth is a peaceful place with very few worries. To ensure it stays that way, a...

The Guardian of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

Guardian of Darkness is an action game with puzzle-solving elements. Ekna is an exorcist monk from the "The Gate", an...

Arcade (1992)

When three street Gangs (The Dreads, The Shavers and The Dragons) terrorize a neighborhood, four members of a local Gym...

Guardic MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Guardic is a top-down 2d shooter based on the classic premise of pitting a single starfighter against a horde of...

Gubble Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1998), Macintosh (1998) and PS Vita (2012)

An arcade game in which you have to break apart levels in order to free your planet from an enemy...

GudeBalls iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2008) and iPhone (2009)

GudeBalls is a skill (or puzzle-action) game based on the concept of Logical game. The main idea is very simple,...

Sharp X68000 (1990)

After World War III, humans have finally achieved world peace - or so they thought. Malevolent aliens have infected the...

Guerrilla Bob Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Guerrilla Bob is a third-person shooter shown from an almost top-down perspective. Choosing one of the four available characters (not...

Guerrilla War PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), PSP (2011), Amstrad CPC (1988), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Arcade (1987)

A tropical island (specified as Cuba in the Japanese original) is being oppressed by a dictator, but fortunately one or...

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