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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Sharp X1 (1983)

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PC-98 (1998)

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NES (1991)

One day, a mysterious theme park called Karakuri Land appeared in Edo. In it were various mechanical attractions, built around...

NES (1993)

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Windows (2004)

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Arcade (1980)

Kaitei Takara Sagashi is an arcade game set at sea. The player controls a ship and diver. The ship floats...

Kai Temple ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Kai Temple is a simple platform game. The player is trapped inside the temple and must escape. Their only weapons...

Kaiten Patissier! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Pipi is a girl who loves children. She travels from village to village, making delicious sweets and giving them to...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989) and Wii (2007)

The evil robot Dark Skull has escaped Doc's control and now threatens to destroy the city with his army of...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Third game in the Shubibinman series of action platformers. Cyborgs Tasuke and Kyapiko have taken a vacation from all their...

SNES (1997)

A sequel to the Shubibinman Turbografx action platformers developed exclusively for the SNES.A new gang of cyborg-enhanced goons threatens peace...

Windows (1997)

Kakoong is based on the Korean cartoon series of the same name (also known as Kung Fu Jungle Boy). The...

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In the desert, the giant cactus is now becoming extinct and it is your task to save one of the...

Kakuge Yarō: Fighting Game Creator PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Kakuge Yarō is a fighting game construction set similar to Fighter Maker. Choose from one of seven characters, then change...

Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Kakuto Chojin is a hand-to-hand melee fighter, where you fight with your hands and feet instead of weapons and powermoves.There...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

Kakutō Haō Densetsu Algunos is a fighting game. It doesn't have a developed story; rather, it tells background stories of...

Kaleidoscope Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Kaleidoscope is a side-scrolling platformer in which three "Pigments" may be collected in each level and accumulated to unlock any...

Kalimba Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015) and Xbox One (2014)

Kalimba is a puzzle platformer in which the player controls two pieces of a totem pole. Each piece has its...

Kalin no Tsurugi NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

The kingdom of Altenia was a peaceful place until monsters began to roam the land, terrorizing its inhabitants and striking...

Kalm Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Kalm is a side-scrolling platform game starring a man with a gun. This man can run, jump, double-jump, and fire...

Electron (1984)

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Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009)

Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes is a 3D crossover fighting game featuring the heroes of 10 different Kamen Rider TV series,...

Wii (2009)

Climax Heroes W is an updated release of Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes released to tie in with the then-recent premiere...

SNES (1993)

Kamen Rider SD: Shutsugeki!! Rider Machine brings together all ten showa era Kamen Riders to do motorcycle combat with an...

PlayStation (2001)

Kamen Rider: The Bike Race is a bike racing game based on the iconic Japanese TV shows with the same...

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