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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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Game Boy Color (2000)

Go Go Gadget!!! Once again the evil Dr. Claw has brought misery onto the world by unleashing a horrible new...

Instinct Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Instinct is a story-driven first-person-shooter that takes place in a modern setting. The player will take the roles of three...

Genesis (1994)

Germany is growing its war machine to overtake the world. To reach this goal quickly, their evil leaders sent spies...

Insurgency Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Insurgency is a online-only multiplayer shooter set in the Middle East. Rebels and government troops fight each other on the...

Amiga (1990)

Intact is a vertically scrolling shooter. The player uses a space ship to fly through four levels. Of course there...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

The sequel to Intellivision Lives!, this compilation includes over 30 more emulated Intellivision games, primarily those originally published by Activision...

Intensity Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

The plot of Intensity deals with the space station Canis Major which was overrun by aliens. There is no chance...

Intensity XS Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire has conquered most of the galaxy's peaceful species and bio-engineered them into weapons. You are the...

Intensity XS: ReCharge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Mon Saanti Empire is broken and the galaxy is at peace. But a new threat looms. The Mon Saar,...

DOS (1993)

The aliens are here, and they're hellbent on razing city after city to the ground, by indiscriminately dropping bombs from...

Browser (2000)

Intergalactic Invaders is a shooter inspired by the classic Space Invaders. The mad scientist Jocaba, now calling himself Mr. Face,...

Internal Section PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Internal Section is a "tube shooter" in the tradition of Tempest and S.T.U.N Runner. The game uses a flat shaded,...

Windows (2003)

International 64k-rate is a remake of International Karate +. As in the original game 3 characters appear on the screen...

International Hockey Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Commodore 64 (1985) and Apple II (1987)

International Hockey is the sequel to Artworx's SLAP-SHOT! Hockey.The game features standard single player vs computer (3 skill levels) and...

International Karate 2000 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

International Karate 2000 is a remake of the classic beat 'em up International Karate in which you play as a...

International Karate Advanced Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

International Karate Advanced is a remake of International Karate 2000, with the three-way free-for-all from Internation Karate + rather than...

International Ninja Rabbits Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Having saved the day by destroying a chemical plant in Ninja Rabbits, Bugs must now travel the world and destroy...

International Open Golf Championship DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

Ocean presents in association with Pringle of Scotland an international open golfing experience. The game features many and varied forms...

International Rugby Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

The follow-up to Rugby: The World Cup. The game features more options than before, with an icon-driven menu system including...

International Rugby Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

Seven-a-side rugby union is brought to life in this budget game. The action is viewed from the side, although kicks...

International Sensible Soccer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), Jaguar (1995), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Released alongside the 1994 World Cup, this was the first version of Sensible Soccer to feature teams from outside Europe....

Game Boy Advance (2001)

International Superstar Soccer Advance brings the soccer series to battery-powered life, with gameplay resembling the original SNES game. The action...

International Tennis Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

This simple simulation of singles tennis follows the basic rules of the sport. The joystick is used to move each...

International Truck Racing Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1993)

This overhead view racing game is a serious simulation of the exciting sport of truck racing. This explains the apparently...

Interphase DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Dreams are made by The Dreamtrack Corporation, a group of evil subliminal-messengers whose intention is to destroy the minds of...

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