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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Rise of the Triad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Rise of the Triad is a reboot of the 90's first-person shooter Rise of the Triad: Dark War. It stays...

Rise of the Triad: Dark War Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003), DOS (1994), Windows (2009), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

A madman with power to kill millions has been discovered, and HUNT (High-risk United Nations Taskforce) has been dispatched to...

DOS (1994)

Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins is the shareware version of Apogee's Rise of the Triad. Unlike many other...

Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (Deluxe Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

This deluxe edition includes the ten single-player and eight multi-player levels of the original shareware version of Rise of the...

MSX (1983)

Rise Out From Dungeons is a platform game where you must guide an unnamed character through 20 dungeons avoiding traps...

Rise to Honor PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Kit Yun (character model after Jet Li), is an undercover Hong Kong police officer, tasked to protect Chiang, a boss...

Rising Eagle: Futuristic Infantry Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Rising Eagle is a multiplayer tactical shooter which takes place in the year 2040's conflicts around the world, with the...

Rising Storm Windows Front Cover Original cover

Windows (2013)

Rising Storm is an official total conversion of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad; this time covering the Pacific War...

Rising Zan: The Samurai Gunman PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

In the pioneering days of America, Young Johnny was a sheriff, a boy who had grown up in the West...

Commodore 64 (1987)

R.I.S.K. (Rapid Intercept Seek and Kill) is set on the planet Christon 3 where scientists work on developing new weaponry....

Risk of Rain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Risk of Rain is a roguelike platformer with a sci-fi setting. The player is the lone survivor of a space...

Risky Woods DOS Front Cover

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

Unusually for Electronic Arts in the early 90s, this was a platform -shooter game with little or no adventuring or...

Ristar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Genesis (1995), Game Gear (1994) and Wii (2006)

The evil tyrant Greedy has arisen to control a solar system full of sentient beings. He has corrupted the leaders...

Windows (2001)

This game is a reworked version of DX-Ball 2. The most important improvement is network play (1-on-1 splitscreen). The graphics...

Rival Ball Tournament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Rival Ball Tournament is a multiplayer breakout game featuring head-to-head gameplay against a computer opponent or over the internet. There...

Rival Schools PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), PS Vita (2012) and Arcade (1997)

What do you get when you cross Street Fighter with a bunch of school kids? You get another classic Capcom...

Rival Turf SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Wii (2010) and Wii U (2015)

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), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Wii U (2015)

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...

Commodore 64 (1983)

R-Nest is a single-screen game based on the arcade game Q*Bert where you play the role of R-Nest who has...

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...

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