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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Jack the Nipper... II in Coconut Capers Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Naughty toddler Jack finds himself in Africa, with the aim of progressing through 192 screens of platform action. He starts...

Supervision (1992)

Jacky Lucky is a side-scrolling platformer starring a man who carries a big stick. The player controls this man as...

Jade Empire Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005) and Xbox 360 (2008)

A young apprentice of the old Master Li, a martial artist in the town of Two Rivers, is close to...

Jade Empire (Limited Edition) Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

The Limited Edition of Jade Empire adds a new default playable character, monk Zeng, with the exclusive Monk Spade fighting...

Jaffar Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Jaffar is an action arcade game. Year 1248, Baghdad. Grand Vizier Mohamed al-Rimon kidnapped the princess Miranda and imprisoned her...

Jagd auf die Vogelgrippe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Jagd auf die Vogelgrippe is a Moorhuhn variant. The player takes the part of a farmer who wants to protect...

Windows (2000)

Jagdverband 44: Screaming Eagles is a mix between action game and flight simulation and takes place during World War II....

DOS (1994)

Jageun Manyeo ("Little Witch") is a hybrid of a platformer and a role-playing game. The titular character is a little...

Supervision (1992)

Jaguar Bomber is a vertically-scrolling shooter where the player pilots a fighter jet against an invading alien army. Various types...

MSX (1987)

Jagur: Golden Triangle is something as unusual as a cross between Commando and an action RPG such as Ys or...

Jail Break Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Arcade (1986)

"The warden has been taken hostage. Free him, no matter what the cost."As a policeman, the object of the game...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Jail Break is a game based on the Arcade game Breakout where you control a bat at the bottom of...

Jail Trail BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005)

Jail break in progress! A slew of convicts have escaped from prison, and its your job to round them all...

Commodore 64 (1990)

Players control a criminal who has broken out of his prison and is making his way toward a helicopter. The...

Jajamaru no Daibōken NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Another game in the Ninja Jajamaru-kun series. Players once again take control of the little red ninja Jajamaru as he...

Jak 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

One year has passed since Jak and Daxter saved Haven City from Kor and the attacking Metal Heads, yet Haven...

Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier PSP Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009) and PSP (2009)

Story-wise, Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier picks up after the events of Jak X: Combat Racing. Jak, Daxter and...

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Jak and Daxter are two mischievous village friends who, despite of the wise (but grumpy) sage, Samos' warning sneak off...

SNES (1992)

Jaki Crush is the third game in the Crush Pinball series, with a distinct demon and a horror theme. It...

Jak II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

After completing their quest from the original title, Jak and Daxter are shot into another time and space and the...

Jak X: Combat Racing PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

After saving Haven City once again, Jak and Daxter find themselves poisoned forced into competition on the international car-racing circuit...

Jaleco Rally: Big Run - The Supreme 4WD Challenge SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991)

Jaleco Rally: Big Run - The Supreme 4WD Challenge is partly based on the arcade game Big Run. The player...

Jambo! Safari: Animal Rescue Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Based on the original Sega arcade game, Jambo Safari on the Wii allows the player to play as one of...

Nintendo DS (2009)

Based on the original Sega arcade game, Jambo! Safari: Animal Rescue allows the player to play as one of four...

James Bond 007 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998)

Bond is once again in the thick of things, this time travelling the eastern hemisphere in order to stop an...

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