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)

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Retro Game Challenge Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

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Retrograde Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989)

You are from the planet Choom in the Thwok solar system, which is under threat from a group of seven...

Windows (2006)

Retro II is a scrolling shoot-em-up game. The player's ship, shaped like a circle, can shoot a stream of bullets...

Retro Pinball iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Retro Pinball is a remake of Epic Pinball with improved graphics, sound, and with Game Center-based leaderboards. It includes three...

Retrovirus Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

In Retrovirus the player is an anti-virus program which has to deal with a massive invading virus. Luckily the anti-virus...

RETRY iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

RETRY is an arcade game with 8-bit visuals where the player must fly a plane from the beginning of a...

Return Fire Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Return Fire is the spiritual successor to Fire Power and it fits in both the strategy and action genres. You...

Return Fire 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Multiplayer madness continues in the souped-up sequel to Return Fire. The basic premise is the same: get your enemy's flag...

3DO (1995)

Return Fire: Maps O' Death is an add-on for the original Return Fire with over 100 new levels to choose...

MSX (1988), Wii (2009), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1988), Sharp X68000 (1988), Sharp X1 (1988), FM-7 (1989) and Arcade (1986)

The Return of Ishtar is a sequel to The Tower of Druaga. It is an action game with light puzzle-solving...

Atari ST (1993)

The Return of Jusse is a game set on the planet Vainox where you have to rescue survivors from a...

Atari 2600 (2002)

Return of Mario Bros. is an alteration of the official Atari 2600 release of Mario Bros. The graphics have been...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

In this sequel to the Boulder Dash clone, Rockman, you once again try to get all the diamonds in ten...

Arcade (1985)

Return of the Invaders is the third game in Taito's Space Invaders series. It's a more radical change from the...

Return of the Mutant Camels Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

Jeff Minter's third camel-themed game (after Attack and Revenge) is again a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up, taking place over...

DOS (1995)

In this sequel, the mutant space bats of doom return yet again to invade earth. Only you stand in their...

Return of The Ninja Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Return of the Ninja is a side-scrolling platformer with stealth elements set in Japan. On a day when Tsukikage and...

Return of the Space Warrior Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

Edward Egg, from the planet Egg, leads a difficult life. Living on Egg is a real headache since all the...

Return to Atlantis Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

Someone is trying to destroy the earth's oceans. As you are an expert on deep-sea diving and underwater combat, it's...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein Windows Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

Two secret agents are captured while they are investigating Nazi Germany's occult activities in Castle Wolfenstein. Agent One is subsequently...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

You return as B.J. Blazkowicz to stop Heinrich Himmler's genetic mutations from over-running the planet, in this sequel to the...

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Game of the Year Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Game of the Year release of Return to Castle Wolfenstein contains: Remastered game to version 1.33 7 new multiplayer...

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