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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Commodore 64 (1988)

Ricochet is based on the classic arcade game Breakout which has you tasked to complete various levels to destroy the...

Ricochet Infinity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and iPhone (2010)

As with the other Ricochet games, Infinity is in every way the spiritual successor to the classic game Arkanoid. You...

Ricochet Lost Worlds Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Xbox (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

This game is the successor to Ricochet Xtreme. It's a Breakout variant, so you have your little ship (the paddle)...

Riddle of the Sphinx Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

As the Pharoh's Son, it is up to the player to lift the curse of Anubis, God of the Dead,...

VIC-20 (1983)

In Riddle of the Sphinx the player must find his way through a maze to gain access to the Sphinx'...

Ridegear Guybrave PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Colonel Dahar, leader of the Mars Imperial Army, has brought his forces to attack Earth, seeking to take the remains...

Ride or Die iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Ride or Die is a top-down action game where the player takes control of a bicyclist riding against freeway traffic....

Rider ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

As an MI5 agent (at one of seven skill levels, 001 to 007) you must infiltrate enemy terrain to explore...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Cleffa must make its way to the Clefairy on the opposite size of a ravine. For the pink little puff...

Ride to Hell: Retribution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Ride to Hell: Retribution is an action game that incorporates different gameplay elements. The game is set in 1969 in...

Ridge Racer Unbounded Windows Front Cover

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

Ridge Racer Unbounded is an entry in the long-running Ridge Racer racing series and the first to be developed entirely...

Ridiculous Fishing iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Ridiculous Fishing is an enhanced version of the browser game Radical Fishing for mobile devices. It is a fast-paced fishing...

Riding Champion: Legacy of Rosemond Hill Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Legacy of Rosemond Hill is part of the Swedish Rosemond series of games. It tells the story of Annie, a...

Riding Star Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Riding Star is an equestrian simulation where the player has to take care of a horse and ride it in...

RIFT Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

RIFT is a 3D MMORPG set in the fantasy world Telara and requires a monthly subscription to play next to...

RIFT: Storm Legion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

RIFT: Storm Legion is an add-on for RIFT. The story is about the Infinity Gate which can be used to...

Rig Attack Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Rig Attack is a side view horizontal game where the screen scrolls left or right when the player moves. The...

PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

The continent of Riglas is inhabited by two races: Miria and Galt. For years they have been fighting each other...

Rikki and Mikki to the Rescue! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Rikki and Mikki discover that their grandfather has been kidnapped. This great scientist was apparently abducted by forces from the...

Rimrunner Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

An insectoid race travels the galaxy and colonizes uninhabited and long dead planets. Force shields were created to protect their...

Ring II: Twilight of the Gods Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Twilight of the Gods is the second installment continuing Richard Wagner's opera about the Ring of the Nibelungen, based upon...

Windows (2014)

Ringman is a competitive fast-paced 2D side-scrolling endless runner. The player takes control of the character Ringman or Ringpig flying...

Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages combines space combat action with RPG elements of skill progression and storytelling. The player...

The Ring: Terror's Realm Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

When Robert, a scientist at a private virus research facility, suddenly and mysteriously dies, newly hired researcher, Meg Rainman, begins...

Rio Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

Rio is a party style game using the characters from the movie Rio. The story follows Blu, the last blue...

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