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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Arctic Tale Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

The Wii version of Arctic Tale offers similar gameplay to the handheld versions, but in full 3D. The player controls...

Arcus Odyssey Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Long time ago, an evil sorceress Castomira decided to conquer the world. But a good princess revolted against her, and...

Ardennes Offensive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Ardennes Offensive is a World War II first person shooter set during the Battle of the Bulge. The player takes...

Ardok the Barbarian Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Ardok the Barbarian is the US release of Asterix and the Magic Cauldron. Since the comic character Asterix is mainly...

Ardy Lightfoot SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

In this 2D platform game, you play as Ardy Lightfoot - a cat-like creature - with your friend Pec, a...

Ardy the Aardvark Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Ardy the Aardvark is a maze-game inspired by, and a near clone of, the arcade game Anteater. The player navigates...

Area 51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1995)

Using a light gun you blast your way through the secret base, Area 51, which has been taken over by...

Area-51 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Area 51, the urban legend, is a U.S. military-controlled base in the Nevada desert, apparently containing a secret aircraft testing...

Windows (2003)

aReaker Water can be best described as a mixture between a Breakout game and a Pinball game.Like usual, you have...

Amiga (1992)

Arena is a puzzle game with strong action elements. In each of the about hundred levels, the player controls a...

Amiga (1992)

Arena 2000 is a puzzle game in which the player character has to collect stones and put them into holes...

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), BBC Micro (1984), Electron (1984), Oric (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Fight for your life (and highscore) against endless waves of killer robots cornering you on the futuristic Galactic Arena of...

Game Gear (1995)

In the year 2026, a corrupt government has used a television broadcasting company called Astralnet Broadcasting Company to secretly control...

Arena Runner Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Arena Runner, you are controlling a craft, which must collect all spheres inside a level. Once that is done,...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda is the first chapter of a futuristic action platformer series. On 30th May 2094 a space ship...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda - Berzerker Suit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Berzerker Suit is a downloadable content pack (DLC) for A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda. It adds a new suit for the protagonist,...

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Xbox 360 (2013)

A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda EX is an updated version of A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda. For the Xbox 360 this is the first...

Ares Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A group of former Origin staffers and members of the original Privateer team got together to create this space sim,...

Argus NES Front Cover

NES (1986) and Arcade (1986)

Argus is a standard vertical shooting game like Raptor: Call of the Shadows or Tyrian; this game bears a strong...

A Ride into the Mountains iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

A Ride into the Mountains is a 2D action game controlling Zu riding horseback through a rural environment. His family...

DOS (1983)

Ario Bros is a single player, platform game that uses character graphics.In this game the player has to keep the...

Aritana and the Harpy's Feather Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

A powerful Spirit of the Forest took over Tabata's body and Raoni is preparing a ritual to save him, but...

DOS (1993)

Arka is the result of a programming exercise in implementing the popular paddle-vs.-wall hit Arkanoid: move a paddle left and...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

Arkadia is a simple action game. The goal is to rescue people from the planet threatened by destruction. As a...

Arkadian Warriors Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Arkadian Warriors is a hack-and-slash fantasy dungeon crawler blending arcade and RPG elements. Heroes battle their way through a dungeon...

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