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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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iRoll Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

iRoll is a Marble Madness variant. The player guides a marble through the 60 labyrinths with the mouse. The basic...

Iron Aces Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Iron Aces is fictional World War 2 flight simulator. What that "fictional" means is that great liberties have been taken...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The first Iron Aces game took place using World War II era planes. Iron Aces 2: Birds of Prey ignores...

Iron Aces: Heroes of WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Iron Aces: Heroes of WWII is an action-oriented simulation of being a WWII fighter pilot. Focused on the Eastern conflict...

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

The box for Iron Angel of the Apocalypse describes itself as an "Action Role-Playing Movie." Apparently this is the phrase...

Iron Angel of the Apocalypse: The Return 3DO Front Cover

Windows (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Tetsujin returns in this sequel to Iron Angel of the Apocalypse. The story picks up shortly after the events of...

Iron Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Iron Assault is a "light" simulator of big robots. As in any other mech-sim, game actions take place in a...

Iron Blood DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Iron Blood is a side-scrolling action game where the player is given the opportunity to control two different robots through...

Iron & Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

In this fighting style game, the player assumes the personas of various character types from the Ravenloft setting of the...

Iron Brigade Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

After World War I a strange radio signal later just known as the Broadcast appears and kills many people. Two...

Iron Brigade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This Windows version is the first release of the game for the platform and bundles the base game with the...

Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Rise of the Martian Bear is DLC for Iron Brigade. It contains a new campaign set on Mars where the...

Windows (2006)

Iron Chef is a single player timed platform game.Cookie and Bread are two cute characters living in the village of...

Ironclad Wii Front Cover

Neo Geo CD (1996) and Wii (2009)

Ironclad is a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up for the Neo Geo CD. Use your war ship to save the Kingdom...

SNES (1995)

Iron commando is a brawler beat-em-up like Final Fight or Streets of Rage with lots of weapons and big end...

Windows (2005)

Iron Fist is a side-scrolling martial arts game. Using your keyboard, walk along the land, punching or kicking crates to...

Iron Front: Liberation 1944 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Iron Front: Liberation 1944 could be described as "ArmA II in World War II". The reason is that the game...

Iron Grip: Warlord Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The imperialist Confederation has set its eyes on conquering the band of city-states that make up Atelia. You must fight...

Iron Helix Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993), SEGA CD (1994) and Macintosh (1993)

A rogue navy ship, Jeremiah Obrian, threatens to start a war. A virus has wiped out its crew, but the...

Arcade (1986)

You play the role of a cowboy who must stop train robbers from escaping on trains on various stages. The...

The Iron Horse iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

The Iron Horse is a game where the player needs to build a long train by connecting train cars. Shown...

Iron Lord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Iron Lord is a strategy game with action and light adventure elements, set in the Middle Ages and featuring hand-drawn...

Iron Man Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Mostly based on the 2008 movie Iron Man, this videogame of the one-man-army hero has been released for seven different...

Iron Man Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Mostly based on the 2008 movie Iron Man, this videogame of the one-man-army hero has been released for seven different...

Iron Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), PSP (2008) and Wii (2008)

Mostly based on the 2008 movie Iron Man, this videogame of the one-man-army hero has been released for seven different...

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