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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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is the third installment of the third-person shooter Army of Two series. In this...

Army Ranger: Mogadishu Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

You are the commander of a squad of Army Rangers deployed into Somalia during the famous "Black Hawk Down" incident...

Army Sniper Android Front Cover

Android (2011)

Army Sniper puts the player in the role of an elite army marksman tasked with taking out terrorists. The player...

Windows (2011)

Army Tanks 3 is a 2D tank shooter. The player controls a tank and destroys other tanks on several maps....

Amiga (1992)

A succession of terrorists must be wiped out to keep the planet safe. That job falls to Arnie, a big...

Arnie Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1992)

You play as Arnie, a one man army in this isometric multi-scrolling game where the screen scrolls when you move....

Arnie Savage: Combat Commando DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Commodore 64 (1993)

Arnie 2 is an isometric action game. Although it's obvious to which Hollywood actor the game's name alludes, Arnie 2...

Commodore 64 (1992)

Arnold is a well known Super Hero and all round good guy, and he has vowed to help his friend...

DOS (1996)

Aro is a platform game in which the player controls the titular character, a small red creature, who must traverse...

A Robot's Conundrum Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A Robot's Conundrum puts the player in the role of a robot named MAIS (machine artificial intelligence system) that is...

DOS (1997)

Aro II is a shareware one or two player platform game in the same vein as Aro.The player(s) control the...

Around the Planet Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Around the Planet is an arcade game. After many years of peace Earth faced a new threat from space. The...

BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

Around the World in 40 Screens is the first of three standalone expansion packs for Repton 3. As the title...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Arrow is a Snake variant. The player controls a snake with a variable length and has sixty seconds in which...

Arrow Flash Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

Arrow Flash is a side-scrolling space shooter. The player controls a female spaceship pilot who is sent on a mission...

Windows 3.x (1999)

The Arrow Man is an freeware arcade game, where you control an archer, who is trying to shoot down all...

Windows (2007)

Arrrrrr! is a fast-paced multi-player pirate game were you sail your ship by hovering your mouse cursor over the ship...

Artefakt Przodków Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Lieutenant Max Graham is sent to the Moon in order to search an old moonbase for a super-starfighter which is...

Artelius NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Long time ago, an advanced civilization existed in the Solar System. But one day, a black hole appeared nearby. Many...

Arthur and the Invisibles: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007) and PSP (2007)

Arthur and the Invisibles: The Game is an action-adventure based on the mostly animated film from director Luc Besson who...

Game Boy Advance (2007)

Arthur and the Invisibles is an officially licensed game for the French film of the same name (Arthur et les...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Arthur and the Invisibles is an officially licensed game for the French film of the same name (Arthur et les...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

Arthur Noid needs a new challenge after getting 10 million on the arcade game Breakin so he has decided to...

Arthur's Pet Chase Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Arthur's Pet Chase is a cartoon-style side-scrolling platform game starring characters from a popular children's book series by author Marc...

Arthur's Quest: Battle for the Kingdom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Play as Arthur in this 3D first-person action/adventure game in his quest to save the kingdom from evil. Play through...

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