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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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Rival Turf SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Wii (2010)

When a ruthless gang led by Big Al invades their turf, it's up to the Brawl Brothers to take back...

River City Ransom Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

The evil Slick has kidnapped Ryan's girlfriend and taken over the high school. The player is cast as either Ryan...

Atari 2600 (1984)

You are captain of the boat trying to make it upriver while saving the drowning people lost in one of...

River Raid PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1984), Intellivision (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1984)

River Raid is a vertically scrolling action game. You fly a jet up a river in an attempt to destroy...

River Raid II Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1988)

You're the pilot of an F-14 assault jet, assigned to the dangerous mission of taking out an enemy bridge at...

River Rescue: Racing Against Time Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1982)

River Raid with side-scrolling? Exactly, that's what River Rescue like. A team of important scientists have become trapped in a...

RNFF: Running Naked in a Field of Flowers MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

J-war, Eisbaer23 and Tapeworm, three MSX sceners, have borrowed Snout's holiday house. Each day, they run naked through the fields...

Windows (2008)

Rnixa's Secret 2 is an adventure game where the player takes control of the phoenix Rnixa. Rnixa is a phoenix...

Road Avenger SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992) and Arcade (1985)

Road Avenger dates from the era when interactive movies (e.g. Dragon's Lair, Escape from Cybercity, Time Gal...) with film-quality graphics,...

RoadBlasters Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Lynx (1990), Amiga (1988), NES (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1987)

RoadBlasters is a futuristic racing action game. The goal is to reach the finish line in one piece throughout each...

Commodore 64 (1988)

Players control a Corvette that is navigating a busy road, using its built-in missiles to destroy car opponents, angry pedestrians,...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Oric (1983)

Not to be confused with that other Frogger clone, Road Toad, this is one of the earliest games released by...

Roadkill Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Set in the future, Roadkill is a racing game featuring all manner of gruesome additions. There are 9 computer opponents...

RoadKill Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Long into the future, where the world is a wasteland full of crime and filth, driving is the only way...

Roadracer Bowler Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Sports Illustrated added its name to this pairing of auto-racing and bowling, an early graphical release for both genres. Roadracer...

Road Raider Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

It is the future, and a holocaust has swept over the world.Now, in a post-apocalyptic environment, you are set to...

Road Rash Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1996), Game Boy Color (2000), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1994)

Road Rash is an aggressive motorcycle racing game where the player assumes the role of a biker who takes part...

Road Rash Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1994)

This is a remake of the original Road Rash from the early nineties. For those who have not played the...

SEGA CD (1995)

Road Rash for Sega CD is another title in the series, this time it's an attempt to mate the classic...

Road Rash 3-D PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Road Rash 3-D is a 3D installment of the motorcycle racing game in which participants utilize violent tactics to win....

Nintendo 64 (1999)

First version of Road Rash for any Nintendo system. The game was originally supposed to be a port of Road...

Road Rash: Jailbreak PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Spaz, the greatest rasher ever, is in prision and you need to get him out!. Once again Road Rash the...

Road Rash: Jailbreak Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Road Rash: Jailbreak for the GBA features the classic Road Rash gameplay; motorcycle racing on busy streets, with dirty tricks...

Road Runner DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), NES (1989), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

In Road Runner, the player takes control of the Road Runner. The Road Runner must run along the road, avoiding...

Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

The cartoons of Road Runner trying to flee Wile E. Coyote (and inevitably cause him to fall into a trap)...

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