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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PlayStation 2 (2003)

This limited-edition release of Ichigeki Sacchū!! HoiHoi-san includes the game along with a 1:1 scale poseable HoiHoi-san action figure that...

Commodore 64 (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Christmas is getting close and Santa has a big problem. After returning from holiday he finds all his presents scattered...

ICO PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ico is a boy with horns. At the age of twelve, when his horns grew large enough, the elders send...

ICON: Quest for the Ring DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984)

Beautiful maidens live in the river Rhine, protecting the gold that lies there. It is said that the owner of...

I.C.U.P.S. Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

You want to become a special agent for I.C.U.P.S. (International Commission for Universal Problem Solving), but before they can accept...

Icy Escort Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2013)

In this online flash game your goal is to help Mother Penguin to collect her kids that have gone missing....

DOS (1992)

Icy Metal is a mouse-controlled game with three variants of capturing or throwing a ball through moving targets, somewhat like...

Icy Tower Android Front Cover

Windows (2001), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Icy Tower is seen in a traditional platform side view and players control Harold the Homeboy as he attempts to...

Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

In this ID4 Mission Disk you'll pilot a alien space fighter craft as it softens up earth defenses for its...

ID4 Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This arena-based action game is a follow-up to the sci-fi movie Independence Day where an alien invasion is vanquished by...

id Anthology DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

The id Anthology is a collection of all the games id Software made up to Quake. It also contains collectables,...

#IDARB Xbox One Front Cover

Xbox One (2015)

#IDARB is a multiplayer arena ball game set in a 2D platform environment in which players compete on teams to...

Windows (2000)

Idinaloq is an arcade style, 4 level space shoot-em-up with 3D graphics.Earth is under attack by unknown enemies and it...

SEGA Saturn (1999)

Idol Janshi Suchie-Pai Secret Album, as the title might suggest, is an album of sorts, in more ways than one....

iDrop Dead iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

iDrop Dead is a ragdoll game where the player must throw around the ragdolls and cause as much damage to...

Iffermoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Iffermoon is a freeware RPG entirely created by a single developer, Scott Cawton and set in a fantasy steampunk universe....

If It Moves, Shoot It! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Amiga (1988)

It is up to you to combat the Korts and free the lost settlers in this classic-style top-down shooter. Newer...

I-Fluid Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In I-Fluid the player controls a tiny drop of water. Watching the environments from its eyes (or rather a camera...

ExEn (2002)

IF Racing is a formula one racing game. You will be one of the competitors of the formula one championship...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

During the Edo period in Japan, the ninja clans from Iga and Kōga were fighting each other. A mysterious foreigner...

Iggle Pop! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2006)

In this fast-paced, arcade-like game, players choose to be one of the four available characters (with different difficulty levels) to...

Iggy's Reckin' Balls Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

It's a race to the top of the tower, as you control a collection of ball like characters up spiral...

I.G.I-2: Covert Strike Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

You're the undercover agent David Jones who's part of the secret agency IGI and in charge to protect the world...

Igneous Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Igneous is a very fast action platformer where the player controls a tiki totem that tries to escape from an...

Ignite Assembly Line Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Ignite Assembly Line is a game conceived to be a playable extension of the (no longer online) Ignite Games Factory...

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