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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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PlayStation (1999), PSP (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Relive all the classic adventures of the Blue Bomber with Capcom's new Rockman Complete Works series! All 6 NES/Famicom games...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Rockman Power Battle Fighters is a Japanese-exclusive compilation which features the two arcade-only entries in the series:Rockman: The Power BattleRockman...

Rock 'n Ball NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Rock 'N' Ball is a pinball game with several gameplay options. The first is regular pinball game for one to...

Rock n' Bolt Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ColecoVision (1985) and MSX (1985)

Louie The constructor struts pieces to their location. The Girders are constantly moving back and forth. It is your job...

Rocknor's Bad Day Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Rocknor's Bad Day is a puzzle-oriented action arcade game. The little robot Rocknor is lost and wants to find his...

Arcade (1986)

It's another sold out show for one of the world's greatest rock bands - but this night is far from...

Rock'n Riders PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Rock'n Riders (or simply R) is an action extreme sports (snowboarding simulation essentially) video game centered on a Japanese rock...

Rock'n Riders (Limited Edition) PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

This limited edition contains: Rock'n Riders Photo Album disc Eight artists trading cards Original mini character key chain gift lottery...

DOS (1992), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Rock'N Roller is a game similar to the game Rally X, in Rock'N Roller the player takes control of a...

Rock of Ages Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

In Rock of Ages the player takes the role of a rock who battles against famous figures of world history....

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Rock of the Dead uses existing Guitar Hero and Rock Band guitars and drums in an on-rails experience, essentially combining...

Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Rock-Ola's Nibbler is an arcade game that plays like a mix of Pac-Man and Snake. The player controls Nibbler, a...

Rock-On TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

You are a Buster and your mission is to make your fortune by finding FISA (Mysterious Fortune Hidden by the...

Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Rocko's Modern Life is a side-scrolling action game where the player takes control of the Nickelodeon character, Rocko, as they...

Rocko's Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rocko's Quest (known as Grouch in Europe) is a Spanish-made 3D action platformer, in which the player controls the titular...

Rock Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Like the console versions, Rock Revolution for the DS simulates the various instruments of a band. Songs can be played...

Linux (1998), DOS (1998), Windows (1998), Amiga (2005) and Macintosh (2002)

Rocks 'n' Diamonds is a puzzle game, based on the concept of Boulder Dash. The player's goal on each level...

Rockstar Games Double Pack: Grand Theft Auto Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

In this compilation, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City come packed together in one package. Xbox...

Nintendo DS (2008)

In Rock University Presents the Naked Brothers Band, the player takes on the roles of the members of The Naked...

Rocky Balboa PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Rocky Balboa is a boxing game inspired by the motion picture of the same name. Rocky Balboa for the PSP...

Amiga (1992)

Rocky (or RockyClone) is a multitasking-friendly clone of Boulder Dash for the Amiga. The graphics are colourful (at least given...

The Rocky Horror Show Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 128 (1986)

Play as either Brad or Janet to rescue the other, in this computer adaptation of the hit Broadway Musical The...

Rocky: Legends PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Be Rocky, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, or Ivan Drago in this fighting game prequel to the movie series. Using classic...

Rocky Racers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rocky Racers is a top-down 2D space racing competition. A number of space crafts compete through a series of asteroid-bounded...

SNES (1993)

Mafia member Don Garcia has kidnapped Melody, the daughter of the owner of the Rose Restaurant. Rocky Rodent agrees to...

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