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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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...

Arkanoid DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1987), NES (1986), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Apple IIgs (1988), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), TRS-80 CoCo (1989), Macintosh (1988), BBC Micro (1987), PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1987), Thomson TO (1987), Arcade (1986) and Thomson MO (1987)

The original Breakout concept involves controlling a bat at the bottom of the screen and using it to catch and...

Arkanoid iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and iPad (2010)

When Earth was made uninhabitable by a massive war, humanity set in search for another home in outer space on...

Arkanoid 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Arkanoid 2000 is a Breakout game, so you are in control over a paddle, and with that paddle you control...

Arkanoid 4000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Arkanoid 4000 is a Breakout game. So your job is to use your paddle and bounce the ball so that...

Windows (1998)

Arkanoid for Win32 is yet another Breakout game. The game is for Win32, hence the title, and it is released...

Arkanoid Live! Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Arkanoid Live! is a modern update of the classic ball bouncing game from the eighties. Player steer a paddle (called...

Arkanoid: Revenge of DOH DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1989), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), Sharp X68000 (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Revenge of Doh is a direct sequel to the original arcade smash Arkanoid. Along with improved graphic engine, better sound...

Arkista's Ring NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

An evil character named Shogun has stolen the Elven ring of Arkista, and in so doing has plunged the whole...

ArkLight Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The X52-ArkLight is the last hope of a sieged planet, a spaceship capable of destroying the forces of the invading...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Life as a pirate was great until the residents of a remote island imprisoned you for the rest of your...

Ar'Kritz the Intruder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

While Jack was drinking a simple beer, he wasn't thinking that he was absorbing Ar'Kritz a microscopic extra-terrestrial police officer....

Arktyczne Polowanie Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Arktyczne Polowanie (Arctic Hunt) is an action game which puts you in the metaphorical shoes of Emil the penguin. His...

ArmA: Armed Assault (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This Gold Edition contains: ArmA: Combat Operations (base game) ArmA: Queen's Gambit (expansion pack)

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