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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Radical Rex SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

Radical Rex is a fire-breathing Tyrannosaurus on a skateboard who has to save the dinosaur race under the spell of...

Radical Roach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Radical Roach is 2D side scrolling shoot'em up game with post-apocalyptic story, cartoon graphics and comics-like cut-scenes. The player controls...

Radikal Bikers PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and Arcade (1998)

Radikal Bikers is a game set in a Mediterranean environment in which players show off their motorbike skills while delivering...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Although purporting to feature radio controlled cars, this is essentially a standard Super Sprint style racing game, which one or...

Radirgy Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Dreamcast (2006), GameCube (2006) and Arcade (2005)

Radirgy is a vertical-screen top-down bullet-hell shooter originally developed by Milestone for Naomi arcade system and later released on console...

Radius Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Radius is a horizontal scrolling space shoot-em-up in the style of C64 classic Delta. Play a starpilot and take control...

Radix: Beyond the Void DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In the 22nd century, humanity has achieved world peace. The United Earth Space Alliance (UESA) was able to fully concentrate...

Rad Racer NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1987)

Rad Racer is an arcade style 3-D racing game. The object of the game is to race to the goal...

Rad Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and TRS-80 CoCo (1988)

As Tal, your job is to single-handedly clear out the aliens who have invaded a desolate and destroyed post-nuclear earth....

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You play the role of Raffles the Master burglar and your aim is to enter five towns and rob five...

Arcade (1986)

Rafflesia is a top view vertical scrolling shooter where the screen scrolls constantly as you fly up the screen in...

Atari 2600 (1982)

In Raft Rider you are floating down a river on a raft made out of logs. Your goal is to...

Ragdoll Blaster iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and Android (2011)

Ragdoll Blaster is a physics game in which the player controls a canon that shoots ragdolls. All the player can...

Ragdoll Cannon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Ragdoll Cannon is the shareware version of a popular Flash physics-based browser game. Each level is a screen with simple...

Rag Doll Kung Fu Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Rag Doll Kung Fu is a mouse-driven fighting game where the fighters are completely and totally incapable of moving at...

Rag Doll Kung Fu (Black Belt Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This edition of Rag Doll Kung Fu is that same as the regular version but includes exclusive skins and a...

Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2009)

Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic is a PS3 party-fighting game based on the original 2005 Windows title Rag...

Windows (2004)

The objective of this game, made with GameMaker, is to dodge bullets, in a style reminiscent of The Matrix and...

Rage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Rage is id Software's first major first-person-shooter since Doom 3, and the debut of the id Tech 5 game engine....

Rage iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Rage for mobile devices puts the player in a type of horror fun house ride. The player is a contestant...

DOS (1997)

An adaptation of Berzerk, taking place in a series of scrolling maze-like rooms; you are beset by rampaging armies of...

Rage (Anarchy Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

The Anarchy Edition was a free upgrade for anyone who pre-ordered Rage. This edition includes a slightly different package, and...

Rageball PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002) and PS Vita (2012)

The futuristic sport of Rageball, inspired by Speedball 2, is fast, violent and deadly, and played by teams of exiled...

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This retail edition is limited to Australia and includes: Rage Additional DLC content of Rage (Anarchy Edition) Exclusive numbered poster...

Neo Geo (2002) and Arcade (2002)

Rage of the Dragons is 2D tag team fighting game. This game originally was supposed to be a sequel of...

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