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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Windows (2008)

This is the second Jimmy's Lost His... title by Petri Purho but the gameplay and graphics are entirely different in...

Jim Power in "Mutant Planet" TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Jim Power was a hero who one day while travelling through the forest, encountered a dimensional rift into a strange...

Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3D SNES Front Cover

DOS (1993) and SNES (1993)

In in this altered and expanded port of the original Amiga title, Earth has always blocked "The Lost Dimension" and...

Jinks Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 7800 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Jinks added a largely new concept to the Breakout type games, offering much freer paddle movement (both horizontally and vertically),...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Jinmu Denshō is a game based on the style of Space Harrier where you play a Samurai who must run...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Golden City is being run by the evil Ilfreet who lives in an inner sanctum surrounded by guards. Problem...

Jinx PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Jinx is a 3D platformer for the Playstation in the vein of other 3D platformers like Spyro. The main character...

Jisaeneun Dal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Jisaeneun Dal takes place in medieval Korea, where a peasant boy Dusu has to save his love from the grasp...

J.J. & Jeff TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1987) and Wii (2007)

Kato & Ken Detective Agency are assigned the task of locating a missing rich man, and you can choose either...

Arcade (1993)

J. J. Squawkers is a 2D arcade platform game with colorful graphics. The player controls an anthropomorphic green bird (the...

NES (1987)

JJ - Tobidase Daisakusen Part 2 is the sequel to 3-D WorldRunner, and was only released in Japan. Once again,...

JNKBombers Browser Front Cover

Windows (2014), Browser (2014) and Ouya (2014)

JNKBombers is small 2D top-down arcade game, based on the Bomberman games. It focuses on arena battles and also includes...

JNKPlat: Xmas 2013 Ouya Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Ouya (2013)

JNKPlat: Xmas 2013 is a Christmas-themed 2D platform game. The main hero Platdude, a pixelated character from many others games...

Joan of Arc: Siege & the Sword DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In the 14th century, England has a presence in France, and as Charles, it's up to you to get rid...

Job Man Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Job Man is a promotional Pac-Man clone for the British newspaper Guardian.The figure moves on its own and the player...

Joe Blade Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Tough guy Joe Blade must rescue six respected leaders from the madcap Crax Bloodfinger, who has kidnapped them in different...

Joe Blade II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988), Electron (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

As Players Software correctly predicted, London in 1995 is an unfriendly unsafe city ran by thugs. Innocent civilians who leave...

Joe Cable iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Joe Cable is reflex-based game where players control the clumsy power technician Joe. When his ladder slips away, he finds...

Joe Danger Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2014)

Joe Danger is a motorcycle stunt racing game similar to Excitebike and Trials HD, but with a cartoon look. Players...

Joe Danger 2: The Movie Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 3 (2012) and PS Vita (2015)

Joe Danger 2: The Movie is the sequel to the game Joe Danger. In this game, the player controls Joe...

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf HD Remastered Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf HD Remastered is an enhanced port of Joe Dever's Lone Wolf. Unlike the episodic release of...

Joe Gunn Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2007)

Joseph J. Gunn is a passionate archaeologist, who in the desert of Egypt stumbles upon an unknown pyramid. Could it...

SNES (1994)

This sequel puts you back into the roles of the cavemen, Joe and Mac. This time, a caveman named Gork...

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Game Boy (1993), SNES (1991), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1992), NES (1991), Zeebo (2010) and Arcade (1991)

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja features the characters Joe and Mac as cavemen ninjas in a multi-level platform area where...

Arcade (1994)

After their exploits as Caveman Ninjas, you once again play as Joe or Mac trying to rescue various damsels in...

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