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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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Hydra Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1990)

If being the best speedboat racer in the world were all there was to life, you'd live on easy street....

Hydraulik / Snowball Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

This compilation includes the following titles: Hydraulik is an arcade platform game. The player's task is to repair pipes damaged...

Hydrofool ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

After his improbable success in Sweevo's World, the world's least capable robot is back, and must go to the heavily-polluted...

Hydrophobia Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

The player controls a frog who, for whatever reason, cannot abide touching water. Starting the game at one end of...

Hydrophobia: Prophecy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

In Hydrophobia: Prophecy the player takes the role of engineer Kate Wilson who works on the cruise ship Queen of...

Hydro Thunder PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (1999), Nintendo 64 (2000) and Arcade (1999)

Port of Midway's arcade boat-racer. The premise is non-existent, you simply rev up the engines and go on 13 water...

Hydro Thunder Hurricane Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a futuristic boat racing game. It is the sequel to Hydro Thunder from more than ten...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Hypaball is a two player futuristic sports game, played between the Hawks (human) and the Vipers (human or CPU). Choose...

hyper 3-D Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Tilt! is a pinball game. The 6 pinballs you can play in the 3D full screen-modus or in the classic...

Hyper 3D Taisen Battle Gebockers SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

Hyper 3D Taisen Battle Gebockers is a simplistic 3D shooting game. You choose one out of a cast of several...

Hyperballoid Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Hyperballoid Deluxe is a Breakout game, but no ordinary, at least two of the three game modes aren't ordinary.The Traditional...

Windows (2004)

The Survival Pack is an freeware expansion pack for the shareware game Hyperballoid Deluxe, which must be installed to be...

HyperBlade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

HyperBlade introduces the 3D battlesport of the future. Players engage in a futuristic street-hockey style game played out on the...

Hyperbowl Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Hyperbowl is a one-on-one futuristic sport viewed from above, with a small amount of the rectangular pitch visible at a...

HyperBowl Arcade Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), Browser (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

HyperBowl scores just like conventional bowling, but the style of play is entirely unique. In this virtual bowling game, you...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Your job is move along the circuits of various 6510 chips in the Commodore 64 and protect 35 Base units...

PlayStation (1996) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Hyper Crazy Climber has similar gameplay to that of the original game, but it has a few differences. Besides updated...

DOS (1995)

Hypercycles is a single-player, shareware, first-person action game with a plot that is reminiscent of the film Tron. The evil...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

The training as fighter pilot for the Federation took five years. Now you are finished. But there is a final...

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1993)

Hyper Duel is a 2D side-scrolling space shooter. The player controls one of three "Buster Gears” pilots: Keith Spader, Lisa...

Hyper Dyne: Side Arms Special TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1989)

Side Arms Special is, in essence, the same game as the regular edition of the arcade side-scrolling shooter Side Arms...

Hyperforce Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The player represents a space pilot whose STATRON system is heavily damaged by opposition fire. A single mission remains before...

Jaguar (2000)

HyperForce is an action sci-fi platform game with 2D graphics. You play a warrior who has been sent to destroy...

Amiga (1993)

Hyperion is an action game with similarities to Zarch (better known as Virus). The player's home planet was overrun by...

SNES (1995)

Hyper Iria is based on the anime prequel to the sci-fi movie Zeiram. As in the anime and movie Iria...

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