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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BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Repton Thru Time is the final of three standalone expansion packs for Repton 3. It includes 40 new levels made...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Repulsar takes its cue from Missile Command; shots are being fired at your planet's six major cities, and you are...

Reqjec Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Reqjec is an action game where the player has to use the mouse to bounce balls. Different coloured balls will...

Requiem: Avenging Angel Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The Fallen were a group of angels who mistakenly believed that God was upset with Earth's corruption and wanted it...

Windows (2001)

The year is 2197. Sapporo, the largest city on the northern Hokkaido island in Japan, has become the crime capital...

Rescate En El Golfo ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Amstrad PCW (1990)

The game is classic a beat-'em-up.A Jumbo jet full of passengers is hijacked by Iraqi terrorists and they are threatening...

Rescue ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

Aliens are attacking the research station. As the security chief you have to guide the scientists to the rescue ship,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

In Rescue! the player is tasked with rescuing people... in space!A shuttle in the form of a ball will enter...

Rescue from Atlantis MSX Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The advanced civilization of the planet Somerset built a gigantic exploratory spaceship called Atlantis, and sent it to research the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Deep underground on the planet Zylon, 28 geologists are trapped and with the water levels rising quickly, you have been...

Rescue Heroes: Billy Blazes Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

A lightning bolt has ignited out-of-control fires everywhere! Take control of Billy Blazes on an adventure fighting fires in the...

Rescue Heroes: Hurricane Havoc Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Rescue Heroes: Hurricane Havoc trains the player to help the Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes in their rescue operations by simulating post-tropical...

Rescue Heroes: Meteor Madness Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Rescue Heroes: Meteor Madness is another in the Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes Series, this one is aimed at children in the...

Rescue Mission SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Your comrades are wounded and stranded on the battlefield. The only way to get to them, is via a handcart...

Rescue on Fractalus! Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 5200 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and TRS-80 CoCo (1987)

Rescue on Fractalus! is an action game played from a 3D first person point of view. Your mission is to...

Rescue Pilot Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

In Rescue Pilot you're steering a horizontal-scrolling rescue helicopter to gather casualties and return them to safety. There are several...

Apple II (1984)

Simulated strategic war game players use a helicopter to attack enemy ground and air targets, and give air coverage for...

Rescue Shot PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Rescue Shot is a shooter developed and published by Namco. On one side, it differences from the famous Point Blank...

Rescue Squad Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

This three-part game loosely simulates the work of an ambulance driver rescuing people from a fire. First, you are trying...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Terra I supplies Earth with Zenbar crystals, which is used to supply 72% of the power to Earth. Ordinarily, a...

Rescue: The Beagles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In Rescue: The Beagles the player controls animal activist Edwin or Nicole to rescue beagles who were part of a...

Browser (2002)

Robbers have stolen gold from the bank and dumped it on the roadside. Brum is out to collect the gold...

Reservoir Dogs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

This game, based on the famous Quentin Tarantino movie Reservoir Dogs, fills in the gaps in the movie that are...

Resident Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

A team of S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Squad) members are called to investigate a series of murders near Raccoon...

Resident Evil GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii (2008)

Special forces S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team's helicopter malfunctioned and crashed during their mission, disappearing into the Arklay Mountains. This and what...

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