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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Rainbow Dragon Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Players control the Rainbow Dragon who is desperately trying to get out of the cave system. To do this, they...

Atari 2600 (2006)

It's the year 3006, and the evil “Rainbow Invaders” from the planet “Pacco”, are headed to Earth! They look like...

Rainbow Islands Amiga Front Cover

Windows (2004), Game Boy Color (2001), Amiga (1990), NES (1992), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Amstrad CPC (1990), J2ME (2005) and Arcade (1987)

Sequel to Bubble Bobble, Rainbow Islands sees Bub and Bob (in 2 player mode), who are now curiously small boys...

Rainbow Islands SEGA Master System Front Cover

NES (1988) and SEGA Master System (1993)

While on a search for treasure, Bubby and his brother Bobby travel to the Rainbow Islands. Instead of finding treasure,...

Genesis (1990), FM Towns (1992) and Arcade (1988)

Rainbow Islands Extra is a version of the classic Taito coin-op Rainbow Islands. Home console versions Include both the the...

WonderSwan (2000)

A spin-off of the Rainbow Islands games, this title features Putty instead of the classic Bub & Bob. Like the...

Rainbow Islands Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Bubby and Bobby return in this Nintendo DS update to the popular arcade game, Rainbow Islands. The game takes place...

Rainbow Rapture Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and Windows Phone (2013)

Rainbow has had enough of humanity. It's time for a new start and a clean slate. Humanity must die! In...

Windows (2000)

The entire Rainbow Six series in one box including the original, award winning title, Rainbow Six plus: Eagle Watch (...

Rainbow Walker Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1983) and PC-88 (1984)

This game is about a baby owl tasked with coloring of the rainbow high above the clouds. The rainbow is...

Rainbow Warrior Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Named after the Greenpeace ship that was sunk in the 1980's, this was an environmentally themed game. There were seven...

Rainmaker Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003) and iPhone (2011)

The player controls the actions of a diligent little celestial child, sitting on his mobile (pointer-controlled) cloud up in the...

Browser (2009)

Rain of Arrows is the third of three web games to promote the release of Mini Ninjas. The player has...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Rainy Day is a collection of three games that contains the following:Puzzle: A sliding puzzle game where you are presented...

Windows (2007)

The restless soul of a roadkilled rabbit (doubtless the lagomorph ancestor of Gun-Nac's antagonists) gathers the discontent shades of other...

Raklem: War on Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Raklem: War on Earth puts you all alone out there on enemy territory with only one goal: to stay alive...

Rakugakids Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

It was school holidays, and the Twinkle gang of schoolkids sailed to an island where they found a cave with...

Rakugaki Showtime PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Somewhere out there, there lies an imaginary game world called Rakugaki. Many characters inhabit this strange land, like the hero...

Rallo Gump DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

You are Rallo Gump, saving the planet GUMP from Mr. Glump Gump the Third and his invading Glumpites.Rescue your fellow...

TRS-80 (1982)

Rally is a variant of the arcade game Rally-X from Namco. The gameplay remains the same in this version with...

NES (1990), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1988)

There's a cross-country motorcycle rally going from San Francisco to New York. In Rally Bike, the player has but one...

Rally Championships DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

In the game you buy one of the best rally cars, like Lancia Delta of Toyota Celica, drive it on...

Rally-X MSX Front Cover

VIC-20 (1981), MSX (1984) and Arcade (1980)

You control a small car running around in a maze. What you have to is to pick up the ten...

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

Fox is a member of the special corps CEO, and his next assignment is in the Soviet city of Chernovska....

Rambo MSX Front Cover

MSX (1985)

The first Rambo game in the series to be released on the MSX features Rambo with an arsenal of weapons...

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