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Action games. Wide category of games that require reflex, accuracy and agility. It includes, among other things, shooters (e.g. Call of Duty and Battlefield series) and action-adventure games (Tomb Raider). First and third person perspective (FPP/TPP) is used. In most cases we are playing as a character who has to defeat some enemies and reach a specific point. We can use a wide range of weapons, including pistols, rocket launchers, swords, knives and like. Action-adventure is a particular category within action games genre. Such titles put less emphasis on action and combat, focusing more on story, exploration and puzzles. more

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (NDS)
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (NDS)

Action 10 May 2011

Another installment in the popular arcade action games series by the British studio Traveller’s Tales that re-imagines famous pop culture universes as LEGO bricks. This time around, it is the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Plot-wise, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game covers themes from four movies dealing with the adventures of captain Jack Sparrow, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl and ending with On Stranger Tides. The well-known events are presented with a light sense of humor that is typical of the series. In the title, around 70 characters with various skills make an appearance, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. There are also more than 20 levels full of arcade sequences (platformer levels, combat) and simple logic puzzles. Each stage is focused on certain events from the movie original and enriched with cinematic cut-scenes. One of the novelties of this installment is the possibility of visiting one location multiple times in search of additional treasures. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean can be played either solo or in cooperation mode with another player on a split-screen.

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings (NDS)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (NDS)

Action 13 November 2012

An action game, featuring elements of a 3D platformer, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is another "blocky" production from Traveller’s Tale studio. It lets us take the role of a chosen member of the Fellowship of the Ring and set out on a dangerous journey to stop Sauron and his minions. The campaign consists of a series of stages inspired by the most memorable scenes from the movies. The gameplay mixes elements of action, arcade, and logical puzzle games. Similar to previous LEGO-licensed productions from Traveller’s Tale, LEGO The Lord of the Rings offers a two-player cooperation in addition to single player.

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (NDS)
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (NDS)

Action 17 March 2009

A spin-off to the bestselling Grand Theft Auto series, at first developed for Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable handhelds and later converted to mobile devices as well. The story takes place in Liberty City, a place well known to the fans of the series. As Huang Lee, member of a Chinese criminal group, the player is trying to prove his worth, avenge the death of his father, and reclaim a valuable sword that for centuries was the symbol of his family’s power. The gameplay mechanics are similar to previous installments in the series, except for the missions being slightly shorter and the fact that the player can repeat failed actions. Other important changes include an auto-aim system, simplified driving mechanics, and the necessity of destroying police cars. A new interface and various mini-games were added to the game as well. The graphics of the game utilize cel-shading technology, combining the classic top-down view and isometric perspective.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (NDS)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (NDS)

Action 08 November 2011

The third part in the first-person shooter series being one of the spin-offs of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by Infinity Ward with the assistance from other development studios owned by Activision – e.g. Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games. The plot continues the action of the first two installments of the game. Players are presented with the further fates of the members of Task Force 141 as they try to eliminate the leader of the Russian Ultranationalists responsible for the outbreak of the international conflict. Developers draw on the well-proven formula employed by the previous installments, such as the spectacular, yet heavily-scripted single player campaign, dynamic shootouts and numerous multiplayer modes. The fourth generation of the IW Engine provides high-level audio-visuals.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (NDS)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (NDS)

Action 22 October 2013

An action-adventure game featuring the superheroes from Marvel comic books. The title was created by Traveller’s Tales Studio, experts at LEGO video games (e.g. LEGO The Lord of the Rings, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Harry Potter). Players can become Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and other superheroes, who are asked by Nick Fury from the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization to save the world from villains and other dangers. The developers stayed true to the well-proven gameplay mechanics that combines elements of action, brawler, and adventure game. As always, the game is filled with unlockable extras, and features a cooperation mode in split screen.

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (NDS)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (NDS)

Action 05 November 2007

The fourth installment in an overwhelmingly popular first-person shooter series from Infinity Ward. This time the developers from Encino, California, have decided to break away from the tradition of making World War 2 games and set the action of their new game in modern times. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s story features a conflict with Russian ultranationalist faction, led by an unpredictable individual named Imran Zakhaev. Players get to witness the events through the eyes of several soldiers, including members of the British SAS and US Marines. The main story campaign consists of a series of missions set in different parts of the world. Gameplay relies heavily on cinematic, scripted shooting sequences. In addition to the single player mode the game includes expanded online multiplayer. When it comes to technology, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is powered by IW Engine.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (NDS)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (NDS)

Action 15 November 2011

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the sequel to a 2010 release, an action adventure game by Traveller's Tales, combining the world of LEGO with the universe from the popular series of books and their movie adaptation. The plot of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is based on the last three books in the series, and the story is focused on Harry's fight against the powerful Lord Voldemort, who, after gathering more followers, becomes a real thread to the whole world of magic. During the game, the players can control various characters known from the universe created by J.K. Rowling, and visit a number of equally well-known locations, which at the same time feel completely new, since they are built out of LEGO blocks. The game is filled with adventure and arcade elements, but it also has its share of logic puzzles. Compared to the prequel, this game presents a gloomier and more serious world.

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Tomb Raider: Legend (NDS)
Tomb Raider: Legend (NDS)

Action 10 November 2006

The seventh major installment of the Tomb Raider series. As the previous parts of the game were not received very well, a new studio – Crystal Dynamics, with Toby Gard, the creator of the original series, in its ranks – was entrusted with the game. Setting-wise, the title goes back to its roots, which means exploring ancient tombs and catacombs. During the gameplay you will visit a number of exotic locations, including Himalayas, Bolivia, Peru, Japan, Ghana, Malaysia, England, and Kazakhstan. The production offers new skills, weapons, and a whole new range of useful gadgets unavailable before. Lara’s character has also changed, both mentally and visually. The graphics are powered by a new engine, which allows for bigger interaction with the environment and changing weather conditions.

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LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (NDS)
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (NDS)

Action 12 September 2006

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a continuation of one of the best made electronic and entertainment products of 2005. According to the subtitle, this time the developers focused on three episodes of the Star Wars film cycle, shot by George Lucas in 1977-1983.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops (NDS)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (NDS)

Action 09 November 2010

A first-person shooter, the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series, and a start of a new sub-series. The game was developed by studio Treyarch, the team responsible for Call of Duty: World at War. The story campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops is presented in the form of flashbacks suffered by the main protagonist, Alex Mason. Having previously worked for the CIA as a field operative, in his memories Mason returns to the age of Cold War. The game offers several single and multiplayer modes, including cooperation and zombie mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops is is powered by modified versions of IW Engine 3.0 and Demonware.

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (NDS)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (NDS)

Action 18 May 2010

Another major installment in the famous action adventure game series. In terms of story, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is set between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, and focuses on the events that caused the drastic, dark change within the Prince. Upon reaching his brother’s realm, the Prince finds the capital city about to fall, besieged by an enemy army. In an attempt to protect the citizens from a massacre, the city’s ruler resorts to using a powerful, yet dangerous magic that eventually turns against him. The game itself is based on the core mechanics of the series. Therefore, we can expect multiple platforming sequences, environmental puzzles, and battles against powerful enemies. An interesting addition is the ability to control the forces of natures, which comes in handy both in combat and when traversing subsequent locations. Of course the series’ landmark feature — the ability to reverse and slow down time — is back. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is powered by the Anvil engine, the technology previously used in the two first Assassin’s Creed games.

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Pokemon Conquest (NDS)
Pokemon Conquest (NDS)

Action 18 June 2012

Pokemon Conquest is an action game with tactical elements produced by Tecmo Koei studio, whose plot has been set in the popular anime universe. The player's task is to defend the Ransei region against the dangerous Nobunaga commander and his army. In order to do so, he must conquer and unite the divided kingdoms, and then awaken from sleep one of the legendary defeats.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (NDS)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (NDS)

Action 06 November 2007

Complete edition of two bestselling games from the LEGO series, based on the first six movie episodes of Star Wars (divided into classic and new trilogy). LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga consists of 2005’s LEGO Star Wars and its year younger sequel, LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy. They are no different from the earlier productions from TT Games studio (previously known as Traveller’s Tale), both games being colorful action adventure games with platformer features. During the game (alone or in cooperation for two players) we play as numerous characters from the legendary galactic saga and visit locations shown in the movies. Plotwise, both titles have been combined into a single, epic tale, with additional stage in episode V and completely new Challenge mode in the form of time trials, in which the players have to collect a required number of items as quickly as possible.

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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (NDS)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (NDS)

Action 22 March 2011

A 3D action-adventure platformer that came out as the third installment in the LEGO Star Wars game series. The story of LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is based on the popular animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Players can take part in the galactic conflict between the Republic and the Separatists. The developers prepared 3 campaigns, each consisting of 6 missions corresponding to the consecutive episodes of the TV show. The gameplay focuses on fighting opponents, overcoming obstacles, and solving puzzles. The game also features special levels, in which you pilot a space fighter or control the massive AT-TE walker. Moreover, the developers from Traveller's Tales implemented some improvements in visuals, including brand new lighting system.

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The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (NDS)
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (NDS)

Action 13 January 2009

An action game set in the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien. The game shows a vision of the aforementioned universe inspired by the movie trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. Developed by Pandemic Studios, The Lord of the Rings: Conquest allows the player to participate in a number of battles determining the fate of Middle Earth. One can side with the forces of good and fight side by side with the characters from the books and movies, or join Sauron as he conquers consecutive territories and enslaves the peoples of Middle Earth. The gameplay mechanics have been based on the formula featured in the first two installments of the Star Wars: Battlefront series. During the battles, one controls standard units diversified in terms of their specialties - the players can become warriors, archers, scouts, or mages. Occasionally, one can also assume the role of giants and characters known from the movie adaptations. The two available single-player campaigns (one per each faction of the conflict) have been divided into several diverse missions - the multiplayer experience, however, features three game modes – Skirmish, Conquest, and Capture the Ring. The game delivers high-quality visuals - the player is bound to appreciate the character models highly resembling the actors who starred in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

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Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles (NDS)
Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles (NDS)

Action 05 February 2008

Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles is the prequel to the familiar Assassin's Creed game. The player's task is to find a secret object, which allegedly has the power to end the wars plaguing the Holy Land.

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Call of Duty: World at War (NDS)
Call of Duty: World at War (NDS)

Action 11 November 2008

A spectacular first-person shooter (FPS) set during the Second World War. The game was developed by Treyarch, Activision’s subsidiary. It’s three-chapter campaign spans across the years 1942-1945, being set on Southern Pacific and the Eastern front. We observe the events from the perspectives of three soldier (two Americans and one Russian), and we get to take part in such military operations as the defense of Stalingrad or the Battle of Okinawa. As usual in the Call of Duty series, the missions are heavily scripted to make the action seem more cinematic. Gameplay boils down to shooting sequences, in which we use a variety of historical weapons. In addition to a single player campaign the game also includes online multiplayer with new game modes: co-op and Nazi Zombie.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (NDS)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (NDS)

Action 26 June 2007

Published by Electronic Arts, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a game based on the fifth movie following the adventures of a young wizard. Similarly to all the previous installments, the game is available on multiple platforms and follows the formula developed by the previous Harry Potter games – the players are given an action adventure game, in which they observe the action from the third person perspective.

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Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (NDS)
Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp (NDS)

Action 21 October 2008

Barbie Horse Adventures: Riding Camp is a simulation and skill game produced by the Swedish studio Pixel Tales for young lovers of horses and the famous doll. The player can play the role of Barbie, who during her stay at an equestrian camp gets to know the charms of horseback riding and visits the surrounding area.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (NDS)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (NDS)

Action 12 July 2011

An adaptation of the extremely popular series of books about Harry Potter's adventures. This is the last adventure of the famous sorcerer, in which he faces a decisive confrontation with Voldemort. The authors put emphasis on dynamic battles, and the fun is additionally diversified by adventure elements.

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Assassin's Creed II: Discovery (NDS)
Assassin's Creed II: Discovery (NDS)

Action 17 November 2009

Assassin's Creed II: Discovery is an action-packed game created with the technical capabilities of the Nintendo DS side-scroll console in mind, referring to the story of Assassin's Creed II. The player directs a member of the assassin guild, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who travels through Renaissance Europe trying to free his compatriots from the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. The title was produced by Griptonite Games studio.

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Toy Story 3: The Video Game (NDS)
Toy Story 3: The Video Game (NDS)

Action 15 June 2010

Toy Story 3: The Video Game is an action game produced by Avalanche Software, based on the motifs of the popular animated film by Pixar. The player directs the actions of Buzz and Woody, who are trying to remedy the difficult position of toys they found themselves in after their owner - Andy grew up and went to college.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (NDS)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (NDS)

Action 16 November 2010

An action game based on the highly-popular series of books and movies about the adventures of Harry Potter. The newest interactive adaptation makes the young wizard face the merciless Lord Voldemort. The developers focused on dynamic battles and some additional action-adventure features.

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Code Lyoko (NDS)
Code Lyoko (NDS)

Action 15 May 2007

Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity is an action adventure game based on the fourth season of a popular animated series of the same title.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (NDS)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (NDS)

Action 16 September 2008

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Tomb Raider: Underworld (NDS)
Tomb Raider: Underworld (NDS)

Action 18 November 2008

Developed once again by Crystal Dynamics, another installment of the third-person perspective adventure series started in 1996. Tomb Raider: Underworld is a continuation of the events from previous parts of the series and concentrates on the search for artifacts connected with the Nordic god Thor. On her journey, Lara Croft visits new locations, like Thailand and south Mexico, and dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The game offers elements characteristic for the series, like exploring tombs in places associated with mythical realms of death: Xibalba, Valhalla, or Niflheim. The game’s mechanics remain mostly unchanged, but the gameplay has become more non-linear. Lara has a new set of tricks and a useful gadget – a rope with a grappling hook. Graphics were changed also and now they have more dark and gloomy atmosphere.

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