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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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Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Poppycock! When the number one pompous adventurer, Henry Hatsworth, discovers a golden hat deep in the jungle, it makes him...

Henry's House Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

In this platformer, the player has to guide Henry through the numerous rooms of his house. Each room is a...

Heppoko Kishi Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A young traveler is has just arrived in a new city, when out of the blue, the king summons him...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Herbert's Dummy Run is the 4th game out of five in the Wally Week series (Automania, Pyjamarama, Everyone's a Wally...

Herc's Adventures PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Ahhh...ancient Greece. A fertile land, full of wine, women, and some of the best gyros you'll ever taste. Thanks to...

Hercules Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), BBC Micro (1987), Electron (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

The 16-bit box calls this ‘The Ultimate Challenge’ and they’re not kidding; this flick-screen platform game is one of the...

Hercules TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1982)

In this side-scrolling bomber, you pilot the good ship Hercules, flying over Land Rovers which are firing missiles at you....

Hercules: Slayer of the Damned! MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In this beat 'em up game you control Hercules, the illegitimate son of Zeus and the mortal woman Alcmene. Hera,...

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

Ares, Hercules' brother, forms a plan to dethrone Zeus with the help of Hera. Zeus mysteriously disappears, and a struggle...

Herdy Gerdy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Gerdy, an apprentice herder, embarks on a quest to rescue his father from an evil spell. His journey takes him...

Heretic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

The world has been attacked by the three Serpent Riders from the Abyss. Their mysterious power makes people obey and...

Heretic II Linux Front Cover

Linux (1999), Windows (1998), Amiga (2000) and Macintosh (2002)

The medieval land of Parthoris is swept by a mysterious plague. Its infected inhabitants descend into madness. Corvus, the protagonist...

Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2006)

Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition takes place in a land where religion is illegal and the Inquisitors do their best to...

Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (2007)

Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders is the expanded version of the original Heretic retail release with the addition of...

GP32 (2002)

Her Knights: All for the Princess is a spin-off of Geunyeo-ui Gisadan - Her Knights. Princess Lemian is forced to...

Windows (2007)

Hermes, messenger of the Olympian Gods, has been charged with delivering an important message to his father Zeus, chief of...

Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Hermie Hopperhead: Scrap Panic is a 2D platformer that takes inspiration from the classic Sonic and Mario games. Hermie Hopperhead...

Windows (2005)

Flip Hero is humanity's last hope against the might intergalactic warlord, Cruiser Tetron. Armed only with his wits and his...

H.E.R.O. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

There is trouble in the mines! Volcanic activity has trapped numerous miners, and it is your job to save them....

Windows (2011)

Roderick Hero, at your service but, please, call me R. Hero. Everyone else does. This Windows version of H.E.R.O. is...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

The Alliance of Space Pilots has stolen a dangerous weapon called Z-Ray. A rebel sector of the Alliance sends a...

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

This is a four game compilation featuring games with quite diverse fighting heroes in the range from James Bond to...

DOS (1994)

Heroes 1/4: The Tantalizing Trio is the shareware prequel to Heroes: The Sanguine Seven. The villainous Wild Hare and his...

Heroes in Guitarland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Heroes in Guitarland is a demake of the popular music/rhythm game Guitar Hero, created for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition....

Heroes of Loot iPad Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), Browser (2014), iPhone (2013), BlackBerry (2014), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Ouya (2013) and GameStick (2013)

Heroes of Loot is a fast-paced dungeon crawler with a pixel art visual style and influenced by the classic Gauntlet....

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