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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Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Christmas Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The Christmas Chronicles is the third re-release of Jazz Jackrabbit 2, following Jazz Jackrabbit 2: Holiday Hare 98 (1998) and...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2: The Secret Files Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The Secret Files contains Jazz Jackrabbit 2 and an additional separate episode. It features nine new levels containing new textures,...

Jazz Jackrabbit CD-ROM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This special CD-ROM edition of Jazz Jackrabbit contains the original six episodes, plus three new ones. These episodes ("Outta Dis...

DOS (1994)

Jazz Jackrabbit: Holiday Hare 1994 is a side-scrolling platformer starring the titular hare. Jazz must survive three areas of Holidaius...

DOS (1995)

Played all six episodes of Jazz Jackrabbit and still can't get enough? Then play this special "Christmas" edition of Jazz....

PC Booter (1983) and Commodore 64 (1983)

J-Bird is a conversion of the arcade game Q*Bert. The object of the game is to change all tiles in...

ZX81 (1982)

J.D. Arcades is a collection of three games that contains:UXB: You have to move around a maze to catch four...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Oric (1984)

Jeep is an arcade action game similar to Moon Patrol. You are in command of lunar jeep and need to...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Jeepers Creepers is a top view single screen game where you control a spider who has to infect seven rows...

PC-88 (1987)

Jehard is a simple action role-playing game. The Holy Ark was stolen by a powerful demon king, and it's up...

Jekyll & Hyde Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

A mysterious epidemic ravages the slums of London in 1894. Only Children are spared by the deadly plague. Young Dr....

Jekyll & Hyde Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

An action game loosely based on the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll's daughter, Laurie, has been kidnapped...

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,...

Game Boy (1994)

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

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...

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...

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