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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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Roland in Time Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1985)

Roland In Time is a single player platform game in the Roland game series from Amstrad.In this game Roland has...

Rolando iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Rolando is a platform adventure in which the player must rescue small creatures called Rolandos. The Rolandos are moved by...

Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Rolando 2: Quest for the Golden Orchid is the sequel to Rolando. Like its predecessor the player controls Rolandos by...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Roland Rat, star of British breakfast TV in the 80s, is late for work and his car won't start so...

Rolan's Curse Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Once the people of Rolan was terrorized by the evil ruler King Barius before he was imprisoned in a castle...

Rolan's Curse 2 Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

There was much rejoicing in the land of Rolan! King Barius, who had placed a curse on the poor land,...

DOS (1995)

In the age of the crusades, eight noble cavaliers founded the Order of the Temple to fight as crusaders in...

Rolemaster: Magestorm Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Rolemaster: Magestorm is an online-only 3-D arena battle game based on the Rolemaster rule system by Iron Crown Enterprises. Matches...

Rollaround Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

In Rollaround you roll around (surprise) 20 levels, in a game which comes across as a more cerebral version of...

Roll Away PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

In Roll Away, the player controls a beach ball navigating a series of cubic-grid labyrinths suspended high above various locales....

Rollcage Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

Rollcage is a fast, furious 3D racing game from Psygnosis, combining elements from Death Rally with elements from Bullfrog's classic...

Rollcage: Limited Edition PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This limited edition contains: Rollcage Soundtrack disc

Rollerball NES Front Cover

NES (1988), MSX (1984), PC-88 (1985) and Sharp X1 (1985)

Rollerball is a pinball simulation for one to four players. There are two different game variations included. The first is...

Rollerblade Racer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and NES (1993)

In Rollerblade Racer your goal is to enter (and hopefully win!) the super rollerblade challenge. In order to enter the...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Rollercoaster is a action game in which the player controls a security guard that must protect a rollercoaster from bandits....

ZX Spectrum (1985)

A theme park may not seem like a typical platform game setting, compared to standards such as magical islands, abandoned...

Roller Coaster Rumbler DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Nearly 5 years before Rebel Assault and other fully-rendered CD-ROM titles popularised the rail-shooter gameplay, Tynesoft used it for a...

Rollergames NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

This is a platform game in the same fashion as Turtles II, that is that it's a sidescroller were you...

Roller Rush Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Roller Rush is a time management game focused on a roller-skating carhop. Take orders, deliver orders, and clean up afterward....

DOS (1995)

You're transformed into a ball by an evil scientist. Now you must roll your way through various mazes if you...

Commodore 64 (1983)

In Rollin, you must move through a maze arranged in a grid-like pattern. Each of the boxes has a number...

DOS (1994)

Rolling Jack is a Boulder Dash clone. On each level, the protagonist (a smiling, red ball), who can move freely...

Windows (2005)

Rolling Madness 3D is an enhanced freeware remake of Marble Madness, which builds on Atari's original arcade version. Roll your...

Rolling Ranch iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Rolling Ranch is a physics-based game that mixes mini-golf, billiards and pinball. The story begins when a toxic spill contaminates...

Rolling Ronny DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Who says being an errand boy is dull ? Take Rolling Ronny - he's the coolest dude in town. Help...

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