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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Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Rock of the Dead uses existing Guitar Hero and Rock Band guitars and drums in an on-rails experience, essentially combining...

Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and Arcade (1982)

Rock-Ola's Nibbler is an arcade game that plays like a mix of Pac-Man and Snake. The player controls Nibbler, a...

Rock-On TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

You are a Buster and your mission is to make your fortune by finding FISA (Mysterious Fortune Hidden by the...

Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Rocko's Modern Life is a side-scrolling action game where the player takes control of the Nickelodeon character, Rocko, as they...

Rocko's Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rocko's Quest (known as Grouch in Europe) is a Spanish-made 3D action platformer, in which the player controls the titular...

Rock Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Like the console versions, Rock Revolution for the DS simulates the various instruments of a band. Songs can be played...

Linux (1998), DOS (1998), Windows (1998), Amiga (2005), Macintosh (2002), OS/2 (2008) and BeOS (2006)

Rocks 'n' Diamonds is a puzzle game, based on the concept of Boulder Dash. The player's goal on each level...

Rockstar Games Double Pack: Grand Theft Auto Xbox Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

In this compilation, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City come packed together in one package. Xbox...

Nintendo DS (2008)

In Rock University Presents the Naked Brothers Band, the player takes on the roles of the members of The Naked...

Rocky Balboa PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Rocky Balboa is a boxing game inspired by the motion picture of the same name. Rocky Balboa for the PSP...

Amiga (1989)

Rocky (or RockyClone) is a multitasking-friendly clone of Boulder Dash for the Amiga. The graphics are colourful (at least given...

The Rocky Horror Show Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 128 (1986)

Play as either Brad or Janet to rescue the other, in this computer adaptation of the hit Broadway Musical The...

Rocky: Legends PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Be Rocky, Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, or Ivan Drago in this fighting game prequel to the movie series. Using classic...

Rocky Racers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Rocky Racers is a top-down 2D space racing competition. A number of space crafts compete through a series of asteroid-bounded...

SNES (1993)

Mafia member Don Garcia has kidnapped Melody, the daughter of the owner of the Rose Restaurant. Rocky Rodent agrees to...

Rocky Super Action Boxing ColecoVision Front Cover

ColecoVision (1983)

Coleco's foray into the boxing realm is based on the 1982 film Rocky III. Players have the option of playing...

Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984) and Arcade (1983)

Your player is a mountain climber who must avoid cavemen, dinosaurs and pterodactyls as he climbs up the cliff-sides. Your...

DOS (1995)

Side-scrolling shooter. You are Rodge Rock and must collect power-ups and shoot everything in sight.

Rodland Amiga Front Cover

Game Boy (1993), Amiga (1991), NES (1992), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), Windows Mobile (2007), Symbian (2007), iPhone (2011), iPad (2011) and Arcade (1990)

Taking a rather literal view of the term 'slap-stick humour', Rodland features two fairies called Tam and Rit, whose mission...

Rogue Legacy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2014), PS Vita (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2015)

The King has been wounded by an assassin. It is up to his sons and daughters to venture forth to...

Rogue Ops PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

In Rogue Ops you control Nikki Connors; after your family is killed by terrorists, you are recruited into the covert...

Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Self billed as the spiritual successor to "Car Combat", Rogue Trip puts the player in the role of a post-apocalyptic...

Rogue Trooper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

On the planet Nu-Earth, the perpetual war between the Norts and the Southers has left the entire world a wasteland....

Rogue Trooper Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Wii (2009)

A planned attack on Nu Earth goes wrong when a General turns traitor resulting in the massacre of Rogue's comrades.The...

Rogue Trooper Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Rogue Trooper is a Genetic Infantryman (G.I.) of the future whose entire battalion was wiped out on their first mission...

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