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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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...

Jet Moto 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

The third entry in the Jet Moto series once again places you in the driving seat of a futuristic hoverbike,...

Jetpac ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Jetman has crash-landed on a distant planet, with ledges suspended in mid-air and populated by various nasties, and he must...

Atari ST (1992)

First assemble your rocket by collecting the three rocket pieces with your jetpack, then fill it with fuel by collecting...

Jetpack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You are an explorer trying to gather green gems from more than 100 small dungeons. You have a jetpack and...

Jetpack Brontosaurus Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Jetpack Brontosaurus continues the development studio's fascination for dinosaurs in unusual settings. After Off-Road Velociraptor Safari this game tells how...

DOS (1993)

Jetpack Christmas Special is a freeware edition of Jetpack featuring new, Christmas themed levels from the original developers. In this...

Jetpack Jackass Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

In Jetpack Jackass, the player controls a man with a jet pack. The man tries to get as high as...

Jetpack Joyride PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), Browser (2012), iPhone (2011), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2013), PS Vita (2012) and Windows Apps (2012)

In Jetpack Joyride the player controls Barry, a young man who steals an experimental jetpack from supposedly evil scientists and...

Jetpac Refuelled Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

As a delivery pilot for the Acme Interstellar Transport Company, you're sent to far off distant planets to deliver rocket...

Jetpak: Solar Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This remake of the platform game of 1983 completely updates the presentation, replacing the graphics and sounds with new ones...

Jet Power Jack Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

In this platform-action-game based on Jet Pac you have to collect the fuel pods for Jack's flying saucer. To do...

Jetracer PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Jetracer is a one or two player game, four with multitap, in which players compete in performing tricks on jet...

Jet Set Willy Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1998), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Xbox 360 (2012), Dragon 32/64 (1985), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2012), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

Cult hero Matthew Smith followed up Manic Miner with a seminal platform game. Having struck it lucky in the first...

DOS (1999), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

This freeware remake of the 8-bit classic from 1984 updates the graphics and sounds, adding a unique classical melody for...

DOS (2001)

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier is the remake of the second chapter of Miner Willy's adventures. In the...

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), iPhone (2011), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986), iPad (2011) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

This platform game is the sequel of Jet Set Willy. Again has each room its own hazards, such as spikes,...

Windows (2006)

Jet Set Willy: Online is an online multiplayer version of Jet Set Willy. Each player chooses a name and avatar...

Dragon 32/64 (1988)

JSW Screen Designer starts out by letting you transfer the tape-only Jet Set Willy to disk, and, as its main...

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