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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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Realm of the Trolls Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The trolls are posing a threat to humanity, and it's your job to sort them out in this traditional-style platform...

Realm of the Undead ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The action in Realm Of The Undead takes place over three stages. In the first stage, the player finds himself...

Realms DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Realms is a medieval real-time strategy game located in a fictive kingdom where the player just has been named king....

Realms of Chaos DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Realms of Chaos is one of the many action 3D Realms made back in the days they called themselves Apogee.Endrick,...

Realms of the Haunting Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1997), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2013)

Realms of the Haunting is a combination of first-person shooter and three-dimensional adventure game with quite a bit of live-action...

Realms of the Haunting (Limited Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

The Limited Edition of Realms of the Haunting features the following additional content: Director's cut extended 8 minute video introduction...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

REALPLAY Puzzlesphere is an action puzzle game in the vein of Marble Madness and Super Monkey Ball using the Realplay...

RealSports Baseball Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 7800 (1988)

Baseball is an action game which can be played by two players or one player against the computer. The game...

RealSports Boxing Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1987)

This features one or two player action, with a wide range of moves. There are 4 distinct players - unusual...

The Real Texas Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

The Real Texas is an action-adventure game inspired by the gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the...

Windows 3.x (1995)

Real Video Blackjack is a very realistic simulation of a video blackjack machine like those found in casinos. The object...

Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1994)

Real Video Poker is a realistic simulation of a video poker machine like those found in casinos. Three separate poker...

Reaper Arena Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Reaper Arena is a side-scrolling action game wherein the player takes the role of a nameless commando sent on missions...

Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Windows Phone (2013), Windows Apps (2013) and Ouya (2013)

The black swordsman stands in the midst of a war between the Imperium and the savage tribes of the Wilderness....

The Reap Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The Reap is a classic arcade shooter in Zaxxon style. The game has 4 stages. First you shoot enemies in...

Rear Guard TRS-80 Front Cover

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

A side-scrolling space shooting game, a bit like Defender, in which you must blast enemy drones and their missiles before...

Reaxxion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Reaxxion is a Breakout variant with a twist. While it asks you to destroy all blocks on a level, using...

Rebel Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

In the future, working conditions in agridustrial combine compounds are a step back to slavery, with no prospects, long hours...

Rebel Assault & X-Wing Collector's CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

A Special collectors double pack featuring X-Wing & Rebel Assault.

DOS (1995)

Rebel Moon is a first-person shooter bundled exclusively with the Creative Labs 3D Blaster PCI or VLB 2D/3D accelerators. The...

Rebel Moon Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Rebel Moon Rising is a first person shooter where the player takes on the role of a rebel colonist on...

Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Wii (2008)

Rebel Raiders: Operation Nighthawk is a futuristic action flight simulator. In the future mankind has taken control of the solar...

DOS (1996)

The planet Ranax is under attack from the evil Maaron empire. The last Ranaxian soldier must find and use a...

ReBoot PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

This 3D action game is based on the computer animated cartoon ReBoot. It's an over-the-shoulder perspective shooter comprised of 19...

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Guide Flip Ogart, a continually bouncing blob-like creature, through several maze-like dungeons in order to rescue all the other Ogarts...

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