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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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Arcade (1993)

J. J. Squawkers is a 2D arcade platform game with colorful graphics. The player controls an anthropomorphic green bird (the...

NES (1987)

JJ - Tobidase Daisakusen Part 2 is the sequel to 3-D WorldRunner, and was only released in Japan. Once again,...

JNKBombers Browser Front Cover

Windows (2014), Browser (2014) and Ouya (2014)

JNKBombers is small 2D top-down arcade game, based on the Bomberman games. It focuses on arena battles and also includes...

Joan of Arc: Siege & the Sword DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In the 14th century, England has a presence in France, and as Charles, it's up to you to get rid...

Job Man Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Job Man is a promotional Pac-Man clone for the British newspaper Guardian.The figure moves on its own and the player...

Joe Blade Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Tough guy Joe Blade must rescue six respected leaders from the madcap Crax Bloodfinger, who has kidnapped them in different...

Joe Blade II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988), Electron (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

As Players Software correctly predicted, London in 1995 is an unfriendly unsafe city ran by thugs. Innocent civilians who leave...

Joe Cable iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Joe Cable is reflex-based game where players control the clumsy power technician Joe. When his ladder slips away, he finds...

Joe Danger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2014)

Joe Danger is a motorcycle stunt racing game similar to Excitebike and Trials HD, but with a cartoon look. Players...

Joe Danger 2: The Movie Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2012) and PS Vita (2015)

Joe Danger 2: The Movie is the sequel to the game Joe Danger. In this game, the player controls Joe...

Joe Gunn Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2007)

Joseph J. Gunn is a passionate archaeologist, who in the desert of Egypt stumbles upon an unknown pyramid. Could it...

SNES (1994)

This sequel puts you back into the roles of the cavemen, Joe and Mac. This time, a caveman named Gork...

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1993), SNES (1991), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1992), NES (1991), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1991)

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja features the characters Joe and Mac as cavemen ninjas in a multi-level platform area where...

Arcade (1994)

After their exploits as Caveman Ninjas, you once again play as Joe or Mac trying to rescue various damsels in...

Joe Montana Football Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Joe Montana Football for the Genesis is an action-oriented football game starring Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana of the...

DOS (1993)

A fixed-screen platformer featuring a snowball as the title character, trapped in a series of caves where the chief dangers...

DOS (1993)

Another installment in the continuing adventures of our snowball hero, wherein he attempts to retain his solid phase despite the...

DOS (1993)

Joe Snow takes his wife Jill on a trip to Phlegm World, hoping to kick back for a bit after...

DOS (1993)

It's unclear who the aliens are and what they want, because we only have the title to go by, but...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

In this single screen platform game, you play the role of a kangaroo called Joey who must move around the...

Oric (1983)

Jogger is a clone of Frogger, where instead of a frog, you play a jogger who has to cross a...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Unlike the Oric version, and despite sharing the same name and publisher, Jogger on the ZX Spectrum is an unorthodox...

Supervision (1992)

John Adventure is a falling-block puzzle game cloned from Dr. Mario. Each stage presents the player with a bottle filled...

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

This racing game is viewed from above, with the circuits comprising junctions, multiple paths and a variety of corner types....

John Barnes European Football Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Released to coincide with the 1992 European Football Championships, and licensed around Jamaican-born Liverpool star John Barnes.The gameplay is superficially...

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