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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NES (1992)

Sutekh has gotten rid of local superhero Vortex, and now Metro City is in the hands of crime. You are...

Nightshade PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

The Nakatomi company is searching for the pieces of the Akujiki sword, shattered by Hotsuma in the predecessor, Shinobi. Luckily,...

Nightshade Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Between the Seas of the Seven Islands and the purple Mountains lies a valley. Time was that this area was...

Night Shift DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Macintosh (1990)

Night Shift is a strange platform/puzzle combo of a game. Thriving Toy Company seeks energetic employee to operate unconventional machine....

Nightshift Legacy: The Jaguar's Eye Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Once more, Mike and Isabel must go around the world searching for ancient artifacts. They must find the Jaguar's Eye,...

NiGHTS into Dreams... SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

It all started about two young kids. First there is this boy named Elliot Edwards who loves to play basketball,...

NiGHTS into Dreams... Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

This version of NiGHTS into Dreams... is a port of the Saturn version with identical gameplay, but also incorporates the...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

This special edition includes: NiGHTS into Dreams... Reprint of the picture book that was released in Japan alongside the original...

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams is a sequel to the 1996 Saturn title NiGHTS into Dreams... Like the original game, Journey...

NightSky Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

In NightSky a boy finds a glowing sphere on the beach. He brings it home, but ever since finding it...

Arcade (1993)

Night Slashers is a 1993 side scrolling beat'em up arcade game in a world full of zombies, vampires, and other...

Night Slave PC-98 Front Cover

PC-98 (1996)

A terrorist organization known as Slave Dog poses a threat to the entire world. Steel Fox is the name of...

Night Stalker PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Atari 2600 (1982), Intellivision (1982), Apple II (1983) and Mattel Aquarius (1983)

Robots, bats, and spiders chase you around a maze in Night Stalker, which boasts similar gameplay, if some what slower,...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Night Stalker is clone of Centipede. Rules are identical - the player controls small cannon (bottom part of screen) and...

Arcade (1986)

Night Stocker is a futuristic driving and shooting game where you must drive over various landscapes shooting aliens and avoiding...

NightStone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In NightStone you get the chance to play a Barbarian, Sorceress and Amazon, joining forces to wade your way through...

Night Striker PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), SEGA CD (1993), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1989)

Night Striker is a third-person shooter reminiscent of Space Harrier. Laser optics expert Dr. Lindvery Maska and his daughter have...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Night Walk is 2D side scrolling arcade game in dark fantasy world. The player controls an archer. He must go...

Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996) and Arcade (1995)

Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge is an entry in Capcom's Darkstalkers franchise. It is a one-on-one fighting game where a number...

Nihilist DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The premise of Nihilist is simple: The player controls a spaceship which has to beat deathmatches in an arena called...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Nihilist is 2D top-down shooter. Action takes place in seven-level complex patrolled by droids of eight different ranks: Alpha, Beta,...

Nihilumbra Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2012), iPad (2012), PS Vita (2015) and Wii U (2015)

Nihilumbra is a puzzle-platform game. The player takes control of the Born, an entity born out of the nothingness of...

Nijiiro Dodgeball: Otome-tachi no Seishun PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

In the near future, the sport of dodgeball has grown in popularity to rival soccer and baseball, and an international...

NIKKI: The First Adventure Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

NIKKI - The First Adventure is an adventure game with some action elements. The story takes place at Shady Pines,...

Odyssey 2 (1982)

Nimble Numbers Ned was one of the three games specifically designed to use the resources of the Voice. It is...

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