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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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Atari 2600 (1983)

You are a rabbit who is just trying to get to where you can get a mate and make like...

The Race Against Time ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

The Race Against Time is a game based on Sport Aid '88, a global program of sport, music, and carnival,...

MSX (1988)

In this top view racing game, your are driving around in a town with a maze-like road infrastructure. Your goal...

Race Mania DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Race Mania brings you fast and furious 3D action racing. In this racing game there is no such thing as...

DOS (1982)

Racer Jammer is a variation on Head-On: you drive your Racer clockwise around the five-lane circuit, and rack up points...

The Racetrack TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1983)

This simple ASCII-graphics TRS-80 game has you guiding a "Grand Prix" race car down a twisting racetrack that is filled...

PlayStation (1999)

Racing as the title suggests is a simple racing game. It features both a short and a long distance race...

Racing Aces SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

The cold war has ended. Big defense contractors, specifically the ones that make fighter planes, organize a new sport. Pilots...

Racing Megapack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Racing Megapack is a collection of five games released on steam. Pack includes: 4x4 Hummer A.I.M. Racing Classic Car Racing...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Racing Pack is a compilation that includes the following 4 games on one disk: 5th Gear Days of Thunder Mountain...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Mattel Media's Tyco R/C Racin' Ratz for Game Boy Color features Mattel's small-scale radio-controlled toys. In Racin' Ratz, players take...

Atari 2600 (1981)

You have been challenged, or maybe you challenged, someone to a game of racquetball.To serve, press the red button. You...

DOS (1995)

R-Activ is a remake of the 8-bit game Pongo. The rules of this game are simple. Each plan contains a...

NES (1988), MSX (1987), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1987)

The game tells another story in Ninja-kun series. This time it’s a platform game with some twists. There are two...

Radar Lock Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1989)

Radar Lock is an arcade style action game. The player is the pilot of a delta-wing fighter and their objective...

Radar Rat Race VIC-20 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982) and VIC-20 (1981)

Radar Rat Race takes the gameplay of Rally X and puts it into a rodent context. You control a rat,...

Arcade (1980)

In Radar Scope, Earth is being attacked by Gamma Raiders, and it's your job as Captain to destroy their ships....

Radiant Silvergun SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998), Xbox 360 (2011) and Arcade (1998)

The story of Radiant Silvergun begins with the end of the world. As the pilot of the starfighter Radiant Silvergun...

NES (1991)

The hero wakes up in the middle of a forest. His head hurts. He doesn't remember anything: he doesn't know...

Radiata Stories PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Young Jack Russell wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, a renowned member of the Royal Radiata Knights...

Radical Fishing Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Radical Fishing is a fast-paced fishing game that consists of two parts. First the player lowers the hook as low...

Radical Rex SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

Radical Rex is a fire-breathing Tyrannosaurus on a skateboard who has to save the dinosaur race under the spell of...

Radikal Bikers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and Arcade (1998)

Radikal Bikers is a game set in a Mediterranean environment in which players show off their motorbike skills while delivering...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Although purporting to feature radio controlled cars, this is essentially a standard Super Sprint style racing game, which one or...

Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Dreamcast (2006), GameCube (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Radirgy is a vertical-screen top-down bullet-hell shooter originally developed by Milestone for Naomi arcade system and later released on console...

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