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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Janitor Joe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984)

Janitor Joe is an action platform game. On an automated space station all of the robots have gone crazy, and...

Janosch: Das große Panama Spiel Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

A small bear and a small tiger live in their house by a river, minding their own business, when one...

Janosik Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994), Atari 8-bit (1994) and ZX Spectrum (2013)

Janosik wasn't afraid to stand against greedy nobles, avenging their cruelties done to simple folk living in Carpathian Mountains. When...

Windows (2002)

Jardinains! is a one player break-out game featuring 50 levels. Use the ball to break bricks and bounce nains. Some...

Windows (2007)

Jardinains 2! is a break-out game and sequel to Jardinains!.Use the ball to break bricks and bounce nains. Some bricks...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

The Jar Game & Chaos includes two educational games: The Jar Game: The game presents the player with two jars...

Commodore 64 (2012)

Jars' Revenge is a single screen shooter which is a remake of the Atari 2600 bestseller Yars' Revenge where you...

JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

JASF is a flight game with story-based missions, accessible physics and flight controls, first or third person camera views, co-op...

Atari 8-bit (1995)

Jaskiniowiec is a side-view action game similar to Prehistorik. The protagonist of the game is a caveman. The task is...

Jason's Gem ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Your mission here is to guide Jason through 15 screens in order to claim a legendary gem for himself. First...

Jasper! ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Jasper the mouse must face 22 screens in this platform puzzler. Tonnes of objects are placed throughout the game, and...

Jasper's Journeys Browser Front Cover

Linux (2011), DOS (1997), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2013)

Jasper's cat has been nabbed by a nasty witch who intends to use him as an ingredient for her incredibly...

Java Jim in Square Shaped Trouble Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Java Jim is trapped on a luxurious, but deadly, tropical island consisting of squares. In the middle of this island...

Jawbreaker Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

A clone of Pac-Man, where you as jaws must collect all points and escape lethal heads. There are also magical...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Unlike the Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions, the Commodore 64 version of Jawbreaker is not a Pac-Man clone. Instead,...

Jawbreaker Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Unlike the Apple II and Atari 8-bit versions, the Atari 2600 version of Jawbreaker is not a Pac-Man clone. Instead,...

NES (1987)

Loosely based on the fourth movie "Jaws: the Revenge", players take control of a ship to sail the ocean in...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Jaws is a little Pac-Man clone, distinguished by its small graphics and the wide range of options for setting up...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

You are a helicopter pilot sent out to rescue survivors from a troop ship crashed into enemy waters. The game...

Jaws Revenge iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Jaws Revenge is an action game based on the Jaws franchise of movies. In this game the player gets to...

Jaws: The Computer Game ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

As Amity Island's Police Chief Brodie, it is your responsibility to stop the lethal shark Jaws from killing the residents...

Jaws: Unleashed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Based on the film series of the same name, players take control of the Great White killer shark known as...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Jawz is a race against time underwater hunting game. At the upper part of the screen there are several objects...

Jazz Jackrabbit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Jazz Jackrabbit is the PC world's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog. In this platform game, Jazz, the hero of the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A cross between Bugs Bunny and Han Solo, Jazz is up to his usual world saving tricks, although this time...

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