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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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Ground Control II: Operation Exodus (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2013)

This Special Edition of Ground Control II: Operation Exodus includes a making-of DVD with developer interviews and other extras like...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

In Ground Force Zero the player controls a plane that is low on fuel as it approaches a built-up city...

Ground Zero Texas SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Space aliens are infiltrating the U.S. from a sleepy little town on the Texas/Mexico border, snatching bodies and paving the...

Windows (2003)

Grounstream is a freeware Japanese RPG, where the player controls the cat-like heroine, a novice sorcerer completing her training by...

Grow Android Front Cover

Android (2011), Windows Phone (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Grow is a fish survival game similar to Shark! Shark! and Feeding Frenzy. The player takes control of a tiny...

Grow Home Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015)

Grow Home is a vertically oriented platform game focused on exploration. The protagonist is a little robot called B.U.D. (Botanical...

Growl Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991) and Arcade (1991)

In the early part of the 20th century, a group of evil poachers recklessly hunted animals to the point of...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Growth is an arcade game loosely extending the Arkanoid principle, shifting the focus from the classic ball and bat schema...

Grudge Warriors PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

In the future, gang warfare is settled between gangs by using advanced armored vehicles. A mysterious figure called the Crimelord...

Grumpy Gumphrey Supersleuth ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Gilbert Gumphrey is a veteran store detective, whose tasks range from the complex to the mundane. They include putting out...

Gryphon Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Players control Gryphon, a mythical creature living in the Land of Dreams and Legend, a land consisting of Mystical Woods,...

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...

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