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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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Raptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

While you are guarding them, some pterodactyls stole all four of your eggs. The raptor leader has selected you to...

Raptor: Call of the Shadows DOS Front Cover

Linux (1994), DOS (1994), Windows (1997) and Macintosh (2011)

Raptor is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up. It features smooth scrolling VGA graphics, a variety of enemies on ground, air...

Raptor Copter iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Raptor Copter a loose follow-up to Off-Road Velociraptor Safari. Similar to the first game, players need to capture raptors and...

Rascal PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In Rascal you must rescue your kidnapped father, a professor, from the clutches of the evil Chronon. Chronon is using...

Rascals: Carnival Isles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Rascals: Carnival Isles is a set of five mini-games where players can be one of twelve animal characters and play...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are the pilot of a spaceship and you have been tasked to protect your planets power rail from an...

Rastan DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1990), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1987)

Rastan features five levels of hacking and slashing gameplay with a boss at the end of each level. Numerous enemies...

Rastan Saga II Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

The "Rastania" was a sacred place, in which the sacred temple, "Skyscraper", soared into the sky. It is said that...

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

Raster Blaster is one of the very first computer pinball simulations, created by Bill Budge. It was the foundation for...

Raster Runner Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Set in the future, the object of Raster Runner is to guide your bike around the arena while trying to...

Ratatouille Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox (2007), GameCube (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), Macintosh (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

This game is based on the award winning Pixar movie of the same name. Remy is a rat who dreams...

Rat Attack PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

Play as one of the Scratch Cats, an elite superhero team, who are out to save the world from Washington...

Ratchet & Clank PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Ratchet & Clank is a platform action game in a similar vein to the 3D versions of the Rayman, Sonic,...

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

This is a special edition of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time that also includes the following: Collector's...

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One takes place after the events of Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time,...

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012) and PS Vita (2013)

In this installment of the popular intergalactic franchise, Ratchet & Clank, along with the galaxy's own Captain Qwark, must stop...

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time is the final installment in Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank Future trilogy, following...

Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Clank has gone missing! Ratchet's backpack robot buddy has been kidnapped by the mysterious Zoni, first seen in Ratchet &...

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2007)

In Ratchet & Clank's first outing on the PlayStation 3, the duo is up against a robotic force led by...

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

What happens to heroes after they've saved the world? Going Commando follows Ratchet and his robotic sidekick Clank on a...

Ratchet & Clank: Going Mobile! BREW Front Cover

BREW (2005) and J2ME (2005)

Ratchet and Clank are teleported into your cellphone and must fight their way out. Maximillan escapes a secret agent clank...

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters PSP Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008) and PSP (2007)

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is the first game in the Ratchet & Clank franchise to appear on the PSP...

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

After word spreads of Ratchet and Clank's recent conquest in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, Clank finds himself recognized as...

Ratchet: Deadlocked PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Ratchet: Deadlocked is the fourth game in the Ratchet & Clank series by Insomniac Games. Deadlocked is different in its...

Rath-Tha DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Rath-Tha is a vertically-scrolling shoot-'em-up. In the far future the human race built a long tube that absorbed all of...

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