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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Atari 8-bit (1989)

Robot Karel is an easy side-scrolling arcade game. The player controls the eponymous robot and has to find a yellow...

Robot Messiah ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Like all robots on the Androids' planet, SID has a desolate existence of hard work and little pleasure. After a...

Robot Pinball Escape Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Robot Pinball Escape is a platformer by students of the University of Utah. At the start the player selects one...

Browser (2013)

Robot Planet is a semi-realtime roguelike game where you play as an astronaut who has crash landed on a planet...

Robot Rascals DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Control a Robot Rascal in a turn-based scavenger hunt that mixes strategy, action and board-game elements.The game included a set...

Robotrek SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

There exists a prosperous town named Rococo built on all the latest modern conveniences. Living in Rococo is a famous...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Robotron is a 2D top-down shooter game, which is an unofficial version of Robotron 2084 with identical rules. The player...

Robotron: 2084 PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Lynx (1991), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1983), Xbox 360 (2006), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Arcade (1982)

You are a mutant human, who by some freak of nature has the ability to shoot energy pulses from his...

Nintendo 64 (1998)

The retro shooter returns with the same addictive gameplay of the original arcade game, but now with the added power...

Robotron X PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

The arcade classic is taken to the next level, this time in 3D. The super-enhanced hero Ugene is once again...

Robots Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

Based on the Blue Sky film (distributed by Fox) of the same name, Robots takes players on an adventure to...

Robots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

A gifted young inventor, Rodney Copperbottom, moves to the big city to realize his dreams of working for his childhood...

Robot Tank Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

There are numerous enemy tanks crossing the countryside, destroying everything in their path! Your job is to command a robot...

Robot Unicorn Attack Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Robot Unicorn Attack is a running game, similar to Canabalt, where the player controls a robot unicorn, running at a...

Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2010) and iPhone (2010)

Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal, basically, is a heavy metal edition of Robot Unicorn Attack. As in original game, you...

Robot Wars MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

The player controls a human that battles with enemy robots that pursue and attack in maze like constructed levels. All...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Robot Wars is a game based on a BBC television series where you control robots and engage them in combat...

Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Xbox (2002)

A sequel to BBC Multimedia's first Robot Wars game, Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction. This game is based on the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Robot Wars 2: Extreme Destruction brings together all the elements of the TV show. Players can design and build their...

Robotz DX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Robotz DX is a freeware remake of an earlier Atari ST game (also released for free at the time), recreated...

RoboWarrior NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1988)

In a desperate measure to combat the overpopulation of Earth, scientists work to create an artificial planet named Altile, named...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1987) and Arcade (1986)

As the name implies, Robo Wres 2001 is a game about robots that wrestle in (what then was) the future....

Robozone Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

A nearby planet is emitting a dangerous level of pollution, so you must go in destroy the source. The game...

Rocco ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Our Stallone-inspired hero has four fights to win before becoming champion boxer in this sports game. Cimbel Lin, Ted Matare,...

Rochard Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Android (2014)

Rochard is a side-scrolling science-fiction platformer where the player takes the titular role of John Rochard, an astrominer in search...

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