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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Supervision (1992)

Juggler is an action game where the player controls a magician who can create large floating bubbles. The object of...

Juice! Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Juice! is a single player side scrolling game with 6 levels of intensity, where Edison, the Kinetic Android (the player's...

Juka and the Monophonic Menace Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

A long time ago, the mysterious "Ancients" created machines across the land that were able to harness the power of...

Windows 3.x (1997)

A collection of five mini-games based loosely on the movie of the same name.All of the games are standard arcade-reflex...

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), MSX (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

This arcade game is a cross between Breakout and Space Invaders. Player controls an electromechanical robot, who walks along the...

DOS (1993)

Jump! is an arcade game of guiding a permanently bouncing ball through a vertically scrolling field of obstacles. The ball...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Jump!!! is a simple arcade game created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in the...

JUMP! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A giant Iron Crab has appeared, and is dropping bombs all over the place. Someone needs to stop it, and...

MSX (1984) and Arcade (1983)

You control a caped man who attempts to rescue his girlfriend while attempting to avoid running men and girls on...

Jump Duck Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

In Jump Duck the goal is to either jump or duck to avoid laser beams flying across the screen from...

Windows (2004)

Jumper! is a freeware platform game starring Ogmo, a creature created in a lab by the army as a weapon...

Jumper: Griffin's Story PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Jumper: Griffin's Story is an extension of the movie, Jumper, that starred Hayden Christensen. This version tells the story of...

Jumper: Redux Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Jumper: Redux is Matt Thorson's freeware remake of one of his earlier releases, a platform game starring a mutant creature...

J2ME (2007)

Jump: Free Running is a mobile game where the player has to perform the art of free running. The runner...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

You're a fun loving doduo out for a run, so you're not going to let those other pokémon get in...

Jumping Flash! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2006), PlayStation 3 (2006), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Jumping Flash is a first-person 3D action platformer where the player must use their triple-jump and special weapons to defeat...

Jumping Flash! 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Just like in the predecessor you jump around a 3D scenery and try to find all the Muumuus hidden in...

Atari ST (1992)

Jumping Ghost is a one screen multilevel platform game where the aim of each level is to make it to...

Jumping Jack Dragon 32/64 Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Reaching the tops of 20 screens is the aim of Jack's life. The ledges go right across the screen, with...

Jumping Jack Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Jumping Jack is an arcade puzzle-solving game. The player's task is to break all the tiles. The number of lines...

Sord M5 (1986)

"Inspired" by the ZX Spectrum game of the same name (also known as Leggit), Jumping Jack has you jumping upwards...

Arcade (2001)

Jumping Pop is a 2D arcade platform game, very similar to Nightmare in the Dark with colorful graphics. Player is...

Jumpin' Jack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The story in this game is about Timbergrotes which are yellow, muppet-like creatures who live in hollowed-out trees. The main...

Commodore 64 (1984), VIC-20 (1982) and MSX (1986)

A Frogger clone from Livewire Software. As usual, your goal is to safely guide the frog across the road, avoiding...

Jumpin' Jackson Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Jumpin' Jackson is a top-down puzzle game. Jackson hops around a game board, picking up records (anyone remember vinyl?) and...

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