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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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Nintendo DS (2009)

Although James Cameron's Avatar: The Game is named after the movie, the story itself doesn't follow the plot of the...

James Cameron's Avatar: The Game PSP Front Cover

PSP (2009) and Wii (2009)

James Cameron's Avatar: The Game for PSP and Wii shares the setting with the blockbuster movie, but tells a completely...

James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (Collector Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The Collector Edition includes: James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Mattel Avatar Movie Masters figurine of main character Jake Sully with...

James Cameron's Dark Angel PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox (2002)

James Cameron's tv series in game form. Dark Angel has you playing as Max Guevera, a 'genetically engineered super-soldier' running...

James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PlayStation (2003), PlayStation 2 (2006), Game Boy (1993), Game Boy Advance (2004), SNES (1993), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1993), SEGA Master System (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), Nintendo DS (2005), Amiga CD32 (1993) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

In his second adventure James Pond must retrieve the toys Dr Maybe has stolen. Pond has been armed with an...

James Pond 3: Operation Starfish SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1994), Game Gear (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Unlike the first game of the series, that was a mission-based game, and the second one, where your character had...

James Pond: Underwater Agent Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1991)

"James Pond" is (obviously) a parody on the famous agent 007 stories. You control Pond, a fish-like creature, who has...

Jamestown: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Jamestown: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot is DLC (downloadable content) for Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony and requires the original...

Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony is a scrolling shoot 'em up game set in an alternative 17th century on...

Commodore 64 (1983)

You are Rankin Rodney and your task is to collect four instruments on a top view single screen and place...

Jam XM Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Jam XM is an arcade racing game that first looks like a Micro Machines clone.You take part in an intergalactic...

Jane's Combat Simulations: WWII Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You get to fly either as an Allied or German pilot during World War II. You'll only get to fly...

SEGA Master System (1992)

Janggun-ui Adeul is based on the Korean movie The General's Son (1990). It is set in the 1920's, during the...

SEGA Master System (1994)

Nazi followers have decided to conquer the world, and constructed a horrendous machine for that goal: a cyborg named Sell....

Janitor Joe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984)

Janitor Joe is an action platform game. On an automated space station all of the robots have gone crazy, and...

Janosch Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

A small bear and a small tiger live in their house by a river, minding their own business, when one...

Janosik Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994), Atari 8-bit (1994) and ZX Spectrum (2013)

Janosik wasn't afraid to stand against greedy nobles, avenging their cruelties done to simple folk living in Carpathian Mountains. When...

Windows (2002)

Jardinains! is a one player break-out game featuring 50 levels. Use the ball to break bricks and bounce nains. Some...

Windows (2007)

Jardinains 2! is a break-out game and sequel to Jardinains!.Use the ball to break bricks and bounce nains. Some bricks...

JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

JASF is a flight game with story-based missions, accessible physics and flight controls, first or third person camera views, co-op...

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Jaskiniowiec is a side-view action game similar to Prehistorik. The protagonist of the game is a caveman. The task is...

Jason's Gem ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Your mission here is to guide Jason through 15 screens in order to claim a legendary gem for himself. First...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Jasper the mouse must face 22 screens in this platform puzzler. Tonnes of objects are placed throughout the game, and...

Jasper's Journeys Browser Front Cover

Linux (2011), DOS (1997), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2013)

Jasper's cat has been nabbed by a nasty witch who intends to use him as an ingredient for her incredibly...

Java Jim in Square Shaped Trouble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Java Jim is trapped on a luxurious, but deadly, tropical island consisting of squares. In the middle of this island...

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