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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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Odyssey (1973)

One of four add-on games released for the Odyssey in 1973, Interplanetary Voyage lets players pretend they are space pilots...

DOS (1996)

In this game you are overlynx, ancient inhabitant of Earth and Atlantis. Your race is a very peaceful and very...

Interstate '76 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In a dark alternate vision of 1976, the Federal U.S. Government has faltered and the world suffers from the effects...

The Interstate '76 Arsenal Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Interstate '76 Arsenal is a combo pack of Interstate '76 and the Nitro Pack with added support for 3D...

Interstate '76: Nitro Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Nitro Pack is an expansion to Interstate '76, featuring special missions for Taurus, Jade, and even Skeeter! It also adds...

Interstate '76: Nitro Riders Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Interstate '76: Nitro Riders is a stand-alone version of Interstate '76: Nitro Pack, which is an add-on for the vehicular...

Interstate '82 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Much like the original Interstate '76, Interstate '82 has the player driving beefed up cars and blasting away the enemy...

In the Hall of the Mountain King TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1983)

In a sister game to Voyage of the Valkyrie, developer Leo B. Christopherson puts you back in the role of...

In the Hunt PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995) and Arcade (1993)

A 2D side scrolling shooter in which you take control of a small attack submarine and engage in underwater combat....

Windows (2000)

Step into the boots of a fireman in this action shooter. The overall objectives are to put out raging fires...

In the Pit Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

In the Pit is a game where the player controls a blind monster at the bottom of a pitch-black pit....

DOS (1989)

The game takes place during the First Intifada, and casts the player as an Israeli soldier who has to stop...

Into the Eagle's Nest DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Pandora's first game combines the Gauntlet style with the World War 2 setting, and specifically the Eagle's Nest building which...

DOS (1995)

Into the Sun: Projected Distruction (sic) is a Korean-made horizontally-scrolling shooter similar to IAS. The player controls a fighter craft...

Arcade (1983)

Controlling an agent, your mission is to enter an embassy, maneuver throughout each of the embassy's first four floors using...

Atari ST (1989)

Intruder is a side-scrolling shooter. The player controls a space ship, flies from left to right and shoots everything on...

Intrusion 2 Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2012)

Intrusion 2 is a fast-paced action-packed sci-fi platformer set on a 'reserve' planet occupied by a hostile military corporation conducting...

InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

InuYasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale is mainly a 2D anime fighting game based on the anime TV series of the...

Atari 2600 (1998)

This is an Atari 2600 version of Space Invaders designed to have eleven rows of invaders. It also adds three...

Atari 2600 (2004)

This is an updated version of the game INV. The following items were corrected or added: Scoring more closely matches...

Invader Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Invader is a vertical scrolling shoot-em-up for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. There are 8 levels to shoot through each...

Invader Attack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Invader Attack is a 3D, top-view, one-screen shoot-them-up game. There are many different types of levels, enemies, bosses and power-ups....

Atom (1981)

Invader Force is a Space Invaders clone. The player moves a laser cannon left and right and has to shoot...

Atari ST (1991)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone. A large group of aliens ordered in 5 rows with 9 columns moves back...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Invaders is a Space Invaders clone, that tries to be as accurate a colour version ever possibly can be for...

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