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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Jawbreaker Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Unlike the Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions, the Atari 2600 version of Jawbreaker is not a Pac-Man clone. Instead,...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Unlike the Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions, the Commodore 64 version of Jawbreaker is not a Pac-Man clone. Instead,...

Jawbreaker Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

A clone of Pac-Man, where you as jaws must collect all points and escape lethal heads. There are also magical...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Jaws is a little Pac-Man clone, distinguished by its small graphics and the wide range of options for setting up...

NES (1987)

Loosely based on the fourth movie "Jaws: the Revenge", players take control of a ship to sail the ocean in...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

You are a helicopter pilot sent out to rescue survivors from a troop ship crashed into enemy waters. The game...

Jaws Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Jaws Revenge is an action game based on the Jaws franchise of movies. In this game the player gets to...

Jaws: The Computer Game ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

As Amity Island's Police Chief Brodie, it is your responsibility to stop the lethal shark Jaws from killing the residents...

Jaws: Unleashed Windows Front Cover

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

Based on the film series of the same name, players take control of the Great White killer shark known as...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A cross between Bugs Bunny and Han Solo, Jazz is up to his usual world saving tricks, although this time...

Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Jazz Jackrabbit is the PC world's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog. In this platform game, Jazz, the hero of the...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

Jazz the jackrabbit was just about to marry his girlfriend Eva Earlong, when his arch-nemesis, the turtle Devan Shell, stole...

Jazz Jackrabbit 2: Holiday Hare 98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Control Jazz (or his brother Spaz) blasting away all kinds of turtles and other creatures in this special edition of...

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...

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