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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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Jellyboom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Jellyboom is the first game from the Singaporean publisher/developer Boomzap. It's similar to a number of Japanese falling block games,...

Jelly Boy SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Jelly Boy is a gelatinous humanoid pink blob on a mission throughout some strange worlds. He travels throughout such landscapes...

Game Boy (1994)

Jelly Boy is a platformer in which the player controls a pink blob with transformation abilities. In comparison to the...

Jelly Wars iPad Front Cover

Symbian (2011), iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2011), iPad (2011), bada (2011), Maemo (2011) and MeeGo (2011)

Jelly Wars is a battle game seeing 2 players struggle for win in a randomly chosen arena. Playing characters are...

Jenny's Fish Shop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Jenny's Fish Shop is a time management game, similar to other Diner Dash clones, but with a few unique twists.Jenny...

Jersey Devil PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Jersey City is in trouble when evil Dr. Knarf and his pumpkin headed-assistant Dennis, rule. Dr. Knarf creates evil mutant...

The Jet Action Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

The Jet Action is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up. Player is a modern fighter pilot. The aim is to cross...

Jet Ball iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Jet Ball is a Breakout-variant very similar to Arkanoid. Using a paddle and a ball, the player has to destroy...

Jetboat Superchamps 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In Jetboat Superchamps 2, the player must steer a jet-power boat and blast through the water at up to 200...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Music notes have escaped throughout the world, and Jet-Boot Jack must collect them up. There are ten levels, the first...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The discovery of rich mineral deposits on Saturn's moons has made our solar system one of the most hotly contested...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Jetbrix is a single screen side view shooter where you control a spaceman with a jet-pack who has to make...

Arcade (1975)

In Jet Fighter, two planes fly around with the goal of shooting the other as many times as possible in...

JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Somewhere between Jetfighter 3 and 4 came Full Burn, a game that takes a turn towards arcade action over simulation...

JetFighter III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

The Jetfighter series returns once again, albeit this time it is released by Mission Studios, a spin-off from Velocity, the...

JetFighter III Enhanced Campaign CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

New scenery, missions and game features for the JetFighter III Combat Flight Simulator. Adds 5 million square miles and 70...

JetFighter IV: Fortress America Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Defend the USA! Take the high-tech arsenal of F-22 Raptor, F/A-18 Hornet, and F-14 Tomcat against terrorists and invading armies!...

JetFighter V: Homeland Protector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

While on a routine training mission, you've been suddenly called back to base. It seems that an invasion fleet has...

Jet Force Gemini Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Twins Juno and Vela, and their dog Lupus, are Jet Force Gemini, intergalactic police. Their mission? Stop the evil space...

Jet Grind Radio Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Dreamcast (2000), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Tokyo-to, a city not unlike Tokyo, somewhere in Asia, in the near future. This is the story about the GG's,...

Jet Grind Radio Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Dreamcast cult classic Jet Grind Radio's adaptation to the Game Boy Advance takes the concept of the original game and...

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Jet Ion GP is set in the year 2040, a time when petrol prices have risen as oil-wells start to...

DOS (1991)

Remaking the classic Spectrum game 'Jetpac' from Ultimate Play the Game, the titular hero must fly around shooting aliens, initially...

Windows (2008)

JetMizzy is a platform game where you control a jetpack-riding smiley face. On each level, the goal is to assemble...

Jet Moto 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

In Jet Moto 2 you once again are racing the hoverbikes of the future. Race in over 15 extreme tracks...

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