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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Riding Star Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Riding Star is an equestrian simulation where the player has to take care of a horse and ride it in...

RIFT Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

RIFT is a 3D MMORPG set in the fantasy world Telara and requires a monthly subscription to play next to...

RIFT: Storm Legion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

RIFT: Storm Legion is an add-on for RIFT. The story is about the Infinity Gate which can be used to...

Rig Attack Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Rig Attack is a side view horizontal game where the screen scrolls left or right when the player moves. The...

PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

The continent of Riglas is inhabited by two races: Miria and Galt. For years they have been fighting each other...

Rikki and Mikki to the Rescue! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Rikki and Mikki discover that their grandfather has been kidnapped. This great scientist was apparently abducted by forces from the...

Rimrunner Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

An insectoid race travels the galaxy and colonizes uninhabited and long dead planets. Force shields were created to protect their...

Ring Cycle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Ring Cycle is based on Richard Wagner's (1813-1883) "Der Ring des Nibelungen", a cycle of four operas incorporating German and...

Ring II: Twilight of the Gods Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Twilight of the Gods is the second installment continuing Richard Wagner's opera about the Ring of the Nibelungen, based upon...

Windows (2014)

Ringman is a competitive fast-paced 2D side-scrolling endless runner. The player takes control of the character Ringman or Ringpig flying...

Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages combines space combat action with RPG elements of skill progression and storytelling. The player...

The Ring: Terror's Realm Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

When Robert, a scientist at a private virus research facility, suddenly and mysteriously dies, newly hired researcher, Meg Rainman, begins...

Rio Xbox 360 Front Cover

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

Rio is a party style game using the characters from the movie Rio. The story follows Blu, the last blue...

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Riot is a side-scrolling beat'em up game set in a gypsy neighborhood. The character walks to the right and engages...

Riot Zone Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Wii (2008)

The police is afraid to deal with a criminal organization known as the Dragon Zone. Street punks and leaders of...

R.I.P. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Death, Halloween, and Rock-n-Roll must protect the Other World from the armies attacking it in this turret shooter game. Inside...

Atari ST (1986)

Ripcord is a small game where you have to make sure that a parachute jumper lands in the designated area....

Rip Off Vectrex Front Cover

Vectrex (1982) and Arcade (1980)

Guard several fuel cells in the center of the screen from thieving pirates! As the pirates swoop in from the...

Ripper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Ripper is an interactive FMV adventure that is played out in the New York of 2040. Brutal killings reminiscent of...

Ripper (Limitierte Auflage) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This limited edition of Ripper additionally contains a magnet shaped like a human ear.

R.I.P.: Strike Back Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

The frighteningly good heroes of R.I.P. return as more of those disgusting humans try to breach into The Other World....

Game Boy Color (2000)

Rip-Tide Racer is a futuristic racing-game set in a flooded world. The player can choose between three armed hover bikes...

R.I.P. Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This compilation includes all the R.I.P. games: R.I.P. R.I.P.: Strike Back R.I.P.: The Last Hero

Acorn 32-bit (2008)

RISCWorld Volume 8: Issue 6 was the sixth issue of the eighth volume of UK RISCWorld magazine and the last...

Rise 2: Resurrection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

In the sequel new troubles in ElectroCorp have begun. As we remember, this corporation made robots for civilian jobs, but...

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