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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Macintosh (2008)

In this long-awaited continuation of the Dark Castle series, you are Bryant, nephew of Prince Duncan who never returned from...

Return to Genesis Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Return to Genesis takes place in the Zephyr system where twelve scientists work on secret projects. Of course every bit...

DOS (1990)

This is the first game of the Super Kroz trilogy. Despite the name, it's very much more of the same...

Windows (2007)

The freeware game Return to Sector 9 is the sequel to Ambush in Sector 9 and offers 9 different game...

Revenant Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

It was time when you were happy, with your woman. But she left this mortal plane, and you lost your...

Revenge of Defender DOS Front Cover

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

A side scrolling shooter, the object is to defend your colonies from various waves of attacking aliens. Revenge of Defender...

The Revenge of Shinobi Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Genesis (1989), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1989)

In this game, once again you are Shinobi, but this time you're out not to free hostages, but to gain...

The Revenge of Shinobi Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Set in the mythical world of ancient Japan, players take on the role of ninja warrior Shinobi. To free the...

Atari 2600 (2003)

A solar storm has caused your space craft to crash. Unable to contact your base, you scout the area. There...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You must build three walls above the tomato plants at the bottom. You must also dodge tomato bombs shot by...

Revenge of the 'Gator Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1989) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Revenge of the 'Gator is a pinball game with an alligator motif. There is one table, and 3 bonus areas...

DOS (1994), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Commodore 64 (1984)

This typically zany Jeff Minter title sets you as a mutated camel, with an optional support one mimicking your moves...

Revenge of the Ninja SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994) and Arcade (1984)

The story takes place in Japan, you play as Hayate, a young up and coming ninja warrior out to stop...

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

Revenge of the Toys includes nine mini games, ready to play from your desktop : Fishing: cast a line and...

Revengers of Vengeance SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Revengers of Vengeance is a combination of RPG, vertical shooter, and fighting game with a fantasy/anime style. There are ten...

Browser (2013)

Reverse Boots is a platform puzzle game. The goal of each single screen level is to collect the key and...

PC-98 (1995)

Revival Xanadu is a remake of Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II.The remake distinguishes itself with the more detailed, graphically more advanced...

PC-98 (1995)

Revival Xanadu II: Remix is a remake of Xanadu: Scenario 2.The remake is done using graphics and engine identical to...

Re-Volt Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

For years, the Toy-Volt company has been producing toys and games for children all over the world. Within months of...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Revolution is an action game with puzzle elements. The player controls a jumping ball in eight isometric levels and has...

ReVOLUTION Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A futuristic first person shooter where a mega corporation (known as 'The Corporation') seems to have taken over every facet...

Revolution Ace Windows Front Cover Desura release

Windows (2014)

Revolution Ace is vertical-scrolling shoot'em up, little similar to Raptor: Call of the Shadows. The player controls a fighter, and...

Revolution X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995) and Arcade (1994)

Revolution X is about the ol' Rock & Roll.There is an evil nation putting the youth down and banning our...

ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Rex the dinosaur is fed up of the environmental damage being done by a nearby nuclear plant. As a result,...

DOS (1996)

In the 35th century, mankind developed almost god-like technology to create Cyborg slaves - machines so shrewd they were almost...

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