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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Iznogoud DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Thomson TO (1987)

This game from 1987 is based on the adventures of the French comic book character Iznogoud. You are in the...

SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings is the official game of the mascot of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta....

Jackal NES Front Cover

DOS (1988), NES (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

The enemy army has captured too many of your forces. Being held in P.O.W. camps, these soldiers are effectively out...

Jack and the Beanstalk Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Jack and the Beanstalk has the player controlling Jack, a young boy determined to steal the giant's treasures. The game...

Jackass: The Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and PSP (2007)

The Jackass crew (minus Bam Margera) is in a jam, while getting ready to begin shooting for their much anticipated...

Jack Attack Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

This is a simple action game where your aim is to crush 8 spinning heads in each level. This can...

Jack B. Nimble iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Jack B. Nimble is a fast paced platform action/arcade game with a retro/Game Boy colour palette and a more than...

Jack Bros. Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

Once a year, on Halloween, the portal between the World of Fairies and the human world is open, allowing the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In this crosshair game you should shoot the gangsters appearing in the windows of the night city. You should move...

Jacked Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Reminiscent of the classic Road Rash, Jacked is a high-octane arcade motorcycle racer featuring over-the-top combat elements. In Jacked, the...

Jack Flash DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Typical mid-90's side scroller. You are Jack Flash and you must "suck" the energy from all the evil inanimate objects...

Jack Frost Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Jack Frost is a platform game where the object is to cover the entire level in order to proceed to...

Jackie Chan Adventures PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

The insidious Dark Hand clan, lead by Valmont, a man possessed by a Chinese demon called Shendu, are planning to...

Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Jackie Chan Adventures: Legend of the Dark Hand is a side-scrolling brawler reminiscent of Double Dragon or Final Fight. Players...

Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu NES Front Cover

NES (1990) and TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Jackie Chan and his twin sister Josephine were great kung fu fighters in China and trained under a great master....

Jackie Chan's Stuntmaster PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Jackie's grandfather has been kidnapped. To rescue his grandfather, Jackie must find and deliver a package to the kidnappers.The player...

Jackle & Wide Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

As you go from room to room you have to find the items which will stop you changing into Dr...

Jack's Boulder Match Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Jacks Boulder Match is a classic Jump`n´Run game with all of the common ingredients. The graphics of the figures and...

Jack's Crazy Cong Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), Macintosh (2006) and Android (2014)

Jack's Crazy Cong is a traditional jump-and-run game. It features more than 30 levels; additional levels can be downloaded from...

Jackson City DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Jackson City is a vertically scrolling space shoot'em-up game. The player, as spaceship pilot, must fight along the game levels...

Jack's Sokoman Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Jack's Sokoman the task is to move boxes and other items to their designated places in a warehouse. It...

Jack the Nipper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Jack the Nipper is a platform game that contains 50 screens packed with action.Jack is an evil and wicked toddler....

Jack the Nipper... II in Coconut Capers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Naughty toddler Jack finds himself in Africa, with the aim of progressing through 192 screens of platform action. He starts...

Supervision (1992)

Jacky Lucky is a side-scrolling platformer starring a man who carries a big stick. The player controls this man as...

Jade Empire Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005) and Xbox 360 (2008)

A young apprentice of the old Master Li, a martial artist in the town of Two Rivers, is close to...

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