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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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Atari ST (1992)

Headlong is a game where you have to navigate a fast moving space ship through narrow passages.The evil Magnaran people...

Arcade (1979)

Head-On is an arcade racing game and the first known game where the player has to collect dots (a year...

Arcade (1979)

Head On 2 is the sequel to the original Head-On. The gameplay is the same as in the original but...

Arcade (1979)

Head On N is Nintendo's version of Sega's Head On. They had bought a license to use the idea. The...

Head Over Heels Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), iPhone (2012), iPad (2012) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Two distinct characters called Mr Head and Mr Heels are played in this arcade adventure. They are separated at the...

Head Over Heels Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2003)

Two distinct characters called Mr. Head and Mr. Heels are played in this arcade adventure, originating on the Sinclair Spectrum...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

When you first play this game, you'll be forgiven for thinking that your Atari's collision detection has failed. The space-suited...

ZX Spectrum (1989)

Heartbroken is 2D side scrolling action game. An evil warlock kidnapped Princess Mertha and created an army of fearsome creatures....

Heartland Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Heartland's meta-referential plot involves a struggle between good and evil, as depicted in a book, the last six pages of...

Heartlight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993) and Atari 8-bit (1991)

A game that's very similar to Boulder Dash - the basic idea of collecting things while avoiding being crushed is...

Heart of Darkness Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1998)

Andy is a child who likes playing with his dog Whiskey, doesn't particularly enjoy going to school, and has a...

Heart of the Alien: Out of this World parts I and II SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Heart of the Alien is the sequel to the game Out of this World, also known as Another World. The...

Heart of the Dragon Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

Heart of the Dragon is a beat-em-up game with and exploration section where you wander around the map collection magical...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Heart's Desire is an action game in which the player must try to catch the heart, while avoiding the obstacles...

Heatseeker PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007) and Wii (2007)

Heatseeker is an arcade aerial blaster in which the player flies nearly 40 fully-licensed modern jet fighters at supersonic speeds,...

Heatseeker Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990)

On the planet Tantris are the Triphylios of Nem plants, which help keep the populous alive and the vast forests...

Heavenly Sword PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

Nariko is a young woman whose clan has sworn to protect a legendary hero's weapon (called the Heavenly Sword) from...

Heavy Barrel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), NES (1990), Apple II (1989), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1987)

Heavy Barrel is a shooter with a top-down view similar to Commando and Ikari Warriors. Terrorists have seized the underground...

Heavy Bullets Linux Front Cover

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

Heavy Bullets is a first-person shooter with eight maze-like levels and a minimalist visual style with bright, psychedelic neon colours....

Browser (2000)

In 2014, scientists on Earth succeeded in developing a new breed of artificial soldiers, the Gen-Troopers, designed to feel no...

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2011)

Heavy Fire: Afghanistan is a first-person rail shooter set during the US operation in Afghanistan starting in 2011. The player...

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear is a first-person shooter. It is the sequel to Heavy Fire: Afghanistan and the fourth game...

Heavy Gear II Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000) and Windows (1999)

As the leader of the special ops group Dark Talons, lead your squad mates on a series of dangerous missions...

Heavy Metal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

This multi-genre military action game puts player in the seat of tactical commander of mechanized forces. Starting as Cadet, you'll...

Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2001), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2 is a third-person Action/Adventure, based on the Heavy Metal franchise (the comic books, movie, cartoon, etc.).The...

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