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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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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...

Rainbow Warrior Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Named after the Greenpeace ship that was sunk in the 1980's, this was an environmentally themed game. There were seven...

Rainmaker Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003) and iPhone (2011)

The player controls the actions of a diligent little celestial child, sitting on his mobile (pointer-controlled) cloud up in the...

Browser (2009)

Rain of Arrows is the third of three web games to promote the release of Mini Ninjas. The player has...

Windows (2007)

The restless soul of a roadkilled rabbit (doubtless the lagomorph ancestor of Gun-Nac's antagonists) gathers the discontent shades of other...

Raklem: War on Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Raklem: War on Earth puts you all alone out there on enemy territory with only one goal: to stay alive...

Rakugakids Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

It was school holidays, and the Twinkle gang of schoolkids sailed to an island where they found a cave with...

Rakugaki Showtime PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Somewhere out there, there lies an imaginary game world called Rakugaki. Many characters inhabit this strange land, like the hero...

Rallo Gump DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

You are Rallo Gump, saving the planet GUMP from Mr. Glump Gump the Third and his invading Glumpites.Rescue your fellow...

NES (1990), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1988)

There's a cross-country motorcycle rally going from San Francisco to New York. In Rally Bike, the player has but one...

Rally Championships DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

In the game you buy one of the best rally cars, like Lancia Delta of Toyota Celica, drive it on...

Rally-X MSX Front Cover

VIC-20 (1981), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1980)

You control a small car running around in a maze. What you have to is to pick up the ten...

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Fox is a member of the special corps CEO, and his next assignment is in the Soviet city of Chernovska....

NES (1987)

John Rambo is a Special Forces solder that is currently spending time in military prison, well until Colonel Trautman decides...

MSX (1985)

The first Rambo game in the series to be released on the MSX features Rambo with an arsenal of weapons...

Rambo: First Blood Part II Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Tough Vietnam veteran John Rambo is called back into action after some soldiers are taken hostage in a PoW camp....

Rambo: First Blood Part II SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986) and Wii (2008)

A vertical-scrolling shooter in the tradition of Commando, Ikari Warriors, and Guerrilla War. Rambo and his buddy Zane (who didn't...

Rambo III SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Play as Rambo in this light phaser friendly game. Battle your way through Afghanistan in a solo rescue mission. You...

Rambo III Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1989)

Based on the film of the same name, this game puts you in John Rambo's shoes as he travels to...

Rambo III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Rambo's mission is set deep in Afghanistan, in the days when the Soviets occupied it, and America was putting this...

Rambo: The Video Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2014) and PlayStation 3 (2014)

Rambo: The Video Game is a first-person shooter based on the three Rambo action movies starring Sylvester Stallone, released between...

Ram It Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

EEEEEK! Green is going wild! Red on your right! Blue at your back! Yipes, yellow! Quick! Jam it, slam it....

Rampage DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Lynx (1990), Amiga (1989), NES (1988), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (1989), Apple II (1988), Atari 7800 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), TRS-80 CoCo (1989) and Arcade (1986)

George, Lizzy and Ralph were just ordinary Americans, until an experiment went wrong, turning them into a Gorilla, Lizard and...

Rampage 2: Universal Tour PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), Nintendo 64 (1999) and Game Boy Color (1999)

While technology may improve graphics and sound, some things never change. Rampage 2: Universal Tour is very much in tune...

Rampage Through Time PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Rampage was a simple arcade game. There were three monsters and one goal: Smash stuff. Rampage Through Time, the fourth...

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