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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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Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), Game Boy (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Game Gear (1996)

This game is a linear beat 'em up Final Fight type game with the choice to play as one of...

Iron Phoenix Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

Iron Phoenix is a Wuxia/Hong Kong Cinema style fighting game that allows Xbox Live battles with up to 16 players....

Iron Sight iPhone Front Cover

Symbian (2010), iPhone (2009), Zeebo (2010), Android (2009) and bada (2011)

Iron Sight is a 3D turn based action/strategy game, based in a post-apocalyptic world. The player has the option of...

Iron Sky: Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Iron Sky: Invasion is a space action simulation based upon the movie Iron Sky. In the year 1945 a Nazi...

Iron Sky: Invasion - Meteorblitzkrieg Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Meteorblitzkrieg is a DLC for Iron Sky: Invasion. In this game the player changes sides. Now the player controls a...

Iron Soldier Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1994)

It is the future, and the earth has been covered with wastelands and cities. The powerful, faceless Iron First Corporation...

Iron Soldier 2 Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1997)

Iron Soldier 2 puts you back in the pilot's seat of a 42 foot tall humanoid war machine. The old...

Iron Soldier 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Nuon (2001)

Iron Soldier 3 once again puts you in the driver's seat of a 42 foot tall killer robot. It is...

Iron Storm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The year is 1964, and World War I still continues. The Russian Baron von Ugenberg (based on the real-world Baron...

IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

The mighty warrior Kuros has defeated the evil wizard Malkil in the previous game. However, Malkil did not perish, and...

Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

In 1944 the United Forces are preparing their final assault on the Normandy coast. The mission is to break through...

Iron Trackers Atari ST Front Cover

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

Transport on Quad bikes is the only available form of transportation in a post nuclear disaster world, and it is...

Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

T-72: Balkans on Fire! is a highly realistic Russian tank simulation that takes place in a historical European war zone....

Irritating Stick PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Ever played that thing at carnivals were you have to maneuver a metal rod through a maze without touching the...

Irukandji Linux Front Cover

Linux (2009), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Irukandji is a vertically scrolling bullet shooter set in an abstract underwater trench. The player controls a ship battling waves...

iRunner Android Front Cover

Android (2011)

In iRunner the player takes control over Mr. I, a yellow character with a feather on his head whose goal...

Browser (2012)

i saw her standing there but then she was a zombie is a game about a young man's relationship with...

Windows (2011)

I Shall Remain: Prologue is a portion of the 3D action and survival RPG I Shall Remain. It was made...

Windows (1999)

Isin-Densin Zero is a freeware vertical shooter from Japan where the player controls a small spaceship equipped with a claw...

DOS (1989)

Iskib is a 2D side-scrolling, arcade-like action game. The player's objective is to run a whole level, avoiding being shot...

DOS (1998) and Palm OS (2004)

Classic style plane shooter. Move up a vertical scrolling environment and shoot anything that moves.

Island Peril DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

A "2.5D" DOOM-era shooter with FMV sequences, set on Lorgina Island. Your girlfriend "Sweet Cheeks" has been kidnapped, and you...

DOS (1991)

When the pirates of mad Emperor Louis the 30th capture your best friend Jean you must venture through to the...

Islands of Diamonds iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Islands of Diamonds is a third-person partially isomeric physics puzzler. Players control a central character called Seamus, a round coconut,...

Atari ST (1996)

Island Strike: The Ultimate Conflict is a shoot'em-up game in which you control a helicopter. You have to rescue lost...

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