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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Neutopia II TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

Some years have passed since the brave hero Jazeta destroyed Dirth, the Emperor of Darkness. Peace has returned to the...

Commodore 64 (1989)

It was never going to be an easy job being the commander of the Nebulax Trilogy which contains three hostile...

Neutral Zone Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

The player is taken to the outer edges of the galaxy, and their mission is to protect Alpha IV from...

Odyssey 2 (1984) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

In Neutron Star the player controls a spaceship trying to defend a system of satellites from being hit by planet...

Neutron Zapper VIC-20 Front Cover

VIC-20 (1983)

You are the pilot of the fastest starship in the galaxy armed with dual anti-gravity thrusters and a powerful laser...

Never Alone Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2015), PlayStation 3 (2015), Wii U (2015), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is an action platform game with puzzle elements. It is developed in collaboration with the IƱupiat,...

Neverball Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003) and Windows (2003)

Neverball is a 3D game, in which you must guide a rolling ball through various levels of obstacles, while collecting...

NeverDead Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

NeverDead is a third-person shooter starring protagonist Bryce Boltzmann. He is a demon hunter of over 500 years old who...

The Neverending Story II: The Arcade Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

The Neverending Story II is a platform game which is largely based on the movie. The concept is simple: you're...

Nevermore Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Nevermore is a short fighting game set in the playground of a school where all the big boys are bullying...

Browser (2005)

Nevermore is a very short side-scrolling platformer. The object of the game is simply to get to the end of...

Neverwinter Windows Front Cover 1st version

Windows (2013) and Xbox One (2015)

Neverwinter is a MMORPG set in and around the Dungeons & Dragons city Neverwinter. It is a dark time and...

New Adventure Island TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

Somewhere on the peaceful Adventure Island, Master Higgins weds Tina, the new "Miss Island". Everyone who was invited to the...

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley is a puzzle platforming game featuring Mary-Kate, Ashley, and their dog Clue. In...

Arcade (1992)

New Atomic Punk: Global Quest (Bomber Man World in Japan) is part of the Bomberman series and the direct sequel...

MSX (1988)

New Boggle Boggle is an arcade-style platformer very similar to Bubble Bobble. In a single-player game the player controls a...

SEGA Master System (1989) and MSX (1989)

New Boggle Boggle 2 looks and plays identically to New Boggle Boggle. It features 150 stages, most of which are...

NES (1990)

New Ghostbusters II loosely follows the plot of Ivan Reitman's original film. You start out by selecting two ghostbusters out...

Newgrounds Rumble Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Inspired by the Super Smash Brothers series, this is a hectic 2D fighting game that brings together many known characters...

New International Track & Field Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

New International Track & Field is a 21st century update of the NES game that features 24 events to compete...

New Legends Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

You are Sun Soo, a young noble fighting to free the Soo Kingdom and the rest of China from the...

New Rally-X Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2004), Xbox 360 (2006), Wii (2009), Sharp X1 (1983), FM-7 (1984) and Arcade (1981)

New Rally-X is a sequel to Rally-X. The player controls a blue racing car in a maze using a top-down...

New Super Luigi U Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

New Super Luigi U is an expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U. It replaces Mario with Luigi as Player...

New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006) and Wii U (2015)

In an all new 2D side-scrolling adventure, Mario and Luigi return after nearly fifteen years. The first traditional Mario Bros....

New Super Mario Bros. 2  Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, but this time, Mario has another objective. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with...

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