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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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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...

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...

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