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 (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)

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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)

Kamakazi is a side view single screen shooter that has you controlling a spacecraft at the bottom of the screen,...

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...

Kameo: Elements of Power Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2005)

Kameo: Elements of Power was one of the Xbox 360 launch games and puts you in the role of the...

Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1991)

In Kamikaze, the player flies their small plane toward the left edge of the level, shooting or avoiding other planes,...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Kamikaze is 2D vertical scrolling shoot'em up, very similar to Flying Shark. The player is pilot of fighter, he has...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Kami-Kaze is a side view single screen shooter where you control a battle-cruiser of the Xenon Fleet at the top...

DOS (1982)

A very simple and primitive spaceshooter.Shoot aliens before they reach your spaceship. The ship is equipped with two weapons: plasma...

Kane Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

There are four fairly distinct sections to this Wild West themed action game, two involving shooting and two putting you...

Kane 2 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

The notorious Black Hole Gang caused Marshall McGraw a lot of trouble back in the old days, almost causing an...

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days is the sequel to the 2007 game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. This time...

Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Limited Edition includes: Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Exclusive multiplayer maps Exclusive Radio Tower multiplayer map 8 exclusive...

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Kane is on his way to the execution with another prisoner called Lynch when the transport gets attacked by a...

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Limited Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

This limited edition comes in a cardboard slipcase and contains: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Soundtrack disc with music from...

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