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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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Raiden DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1991), Genesis (1991), Jaguar (1994), Lynx (1997), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), TurboGrafx CD (1992), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), FM Towns (1991), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1990)

In the year 2090, Earth is invaded by extra-terrestrials. The World Alliance of Nations has developed a supersonic attack fighter,...

PlayStation (1997) and Arcade (1994)

Raiden DX is an arcade shoot'em up. It was only released in Japan. The game features similar vertically scrolling shooter...

Raiden Fighters Aces Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Raiden Fighters Aces is a collection of the three coin-op Raiden Fighters shooters: Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden...

Raiden II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Arcade (1993)

Three years ago the alien invasion was crushed and the few survivors fled back to space where they came from....

Raiden III PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Raiden III is the follow-up to the early 90's shoot 'em-ups Raiden and Raiden II. Once again you control the...

Raiden IV Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and Arcade (2007)

The legendary arcade shooter has returned once more! Raiden IV is another entry in the long-running series of vertical shooters....

Raiden Legacy Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2012), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Raiden Legacy bundles four games of the series. It contains: Raiden Raiden Fighters Raiden Fighters 2: Operation Hell Dive Raiden...

The Raiden Project PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

The Raiden Project contains two games: Raiden Raiden IIThis release features difficulty settings, credit limits, remixed music, on-screen text positioning...

Amiga (1989)

Raider is a Thrust variant. The player controls a space ship over planet surfaces with the goal to pick up...

ZX81 (1983)

Raider is a Scramble clone that has you flying over the surface of a planet before flying through a cavern...

Raid on Bungeling Bay NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Commodore 64 (1984) and MSX (1985)

Raid on Bungeling Bay is the first game designed by Will Wright. The game has the player controlling a helicopter...

Raid Over Moscow Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1986)

The USSR has launched a huge attack on the USA, and the only hope for the free world is for...

Rainbow Ball into Adventure Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Rainbow Ball into Adventure is family-friendly action game that bears a striking resemblance to cult hit Katamari Damacy. Rolling a...

Commodore 64 (1989)

The land of EggBugg is threatened by the evil witch, and the wizard has asked his bubble to collect all...

Rainbow Cotton Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Another shooter in the Cotton saga. Trouble brews in the homeland of Cotton's long time friend Silk, as the evil...

Rainbow Dragon Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Players control the Rainbow Dragon who is desperately trying to get out of the cave system. To do this, they...

Atari 2600 (2006)

It's the year 3006, and the evil “Rainbow Invaders” from the planet “Pacco”, are headed to Earth! They look like...

Rainbow Islands Amiga Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001), Amiga (1990), NES (1992), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Amstrad CPC (1990), J2ME (2005) and Arcade (1987)

Sequel to Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands sees Bub and Bob (in 2 player mode), who are now curiously small boys...

Rainbow Islands SEGA Master System Front Cover

NES (1988) and SEGA Master System (1993)

While on a search for treasure, Bubby and his brother Bobby travel to the Rainbow Islands. Instead of finding treasure,...

Genesis (1990), FM Towns (1992) and Arcade (1988)

Rainbow Islands Extra is a conversion of the classic Taito coin-op Rainbow Islands. Included on the cartridge are conversions of...

WonderSwan (2000)

A spin-off of the Rainbow Islands games, this title features Putty instead of the classic Bub & Bob. Like the...

Rainbow Islands Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Bubby and Bobby return in this Nintendo DS update to the popular arcade game, Rainbow Islands. The game takes place...

Rainbow Rapture Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and Windows Phone (2013)

Rainbow has had enough of humanity. It's time for a new start and a clean slate. Humanity must die! In...

Windows (2000)

The entire Rainbow Six series in one box including the original, award winning title, Rainbow Six plus: Eagle Watch (...

Rainbow Walker Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983) and PC-88 (1984)

This game is about a baby owl tasked with coloring of the rainbow high above the clouds. The rainbow is...

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