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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Roperunner Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

It's spring in the meadow, and the bunnies are coming out. Waiting for them... is the Roperunner! The player controls...

Rosco McQueen Firefighter Extreme PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

The world's tallest building is burning down, and it's up to Rosco to save the day! It seems that the...

Rose & Camellia Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The day after Reiko marries into the patrician Tsubakikoji family her beloved husband dies, leaving her with nothing but a...

Browser (2008)

Rose & Camellia 2 is the sequel to Rose & Camellia. It is set one year after the events of...

PlayStation (2001)

Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths & Legends is a game based on the animated TV series of the same name, basically...

Windows (1998)

Roswell Pinball is a pinball game for up to four players.The game is based on the idea that an invading...

Dragon 32/64 (1989)

Dirk Bronzetorso, a normal if rather tasteless Englishman, discovers an invoice upon his return home. He has forgotten to pay...

DOS (2002)

An updated take on both Pong and Quadrapong, where either two or four players bounce a ball around a square...

Rotor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

You control a battle tank (the Rotor) which hovers in a 2D-labyrinth. Gravity pulls heavily on the Rotor, making it...

Rotox DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In this 3D Rotoscoped landscape the player controls Rotox the robot, which is required to to eradicate any form of...

Rotten Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

In Rotten the player helps a little boy after Christmas who is very unsatisfied of what he got. The player...

DOS (1986)

A traditional space shooter involving 42 rounds of battle against invading alien ships (hence the name). Each round of aliens...

Roundabout Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Roundabout is a racing game played from an almost top-down view and set in an open world environment. The protagonist...

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Round About is a fixed screen shoot 'em up. What sets it apart from other shooters of its time is...

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

Kids TV show Round the Bend was set in a fictitious comic factory - one with amazingly even more toilet...

Route-16 Turbo NES Front Cover

NES (1985)

In Route-16 Turbo, players get behind the wheel of a car and drive around trying to collect valuable items lying...

Sharp X1 (1983)

Rowdy Ball is a Breakout variant where you must bounce a ball against a wall, passing through rows of different...

DOS (1993)

ROX is an Asteroids variant, where you pilot a spaceship and shoot asteroids and spaceships.The screen wraps around left/right and...

DOS (1990)

RS-2 is a side scrolling shooter, single player, with power-ups and large end-level bosses. Each level (or "act" as the...

Arcade (1995)

R-Shark is a 2D vertical-scrolling sci-fi shoot'em up. The player takes the role of a headhunter, and gets to chose...

RTX: Red Rock PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In this game the player controls Major Eugene Wheeler, a radical tactics expert sent to the Mars base to investigate...

R-Type Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), TurboGrafx-16 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1988), TurboGrafx CD (1991), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1989), J2ME (2007), Wii (2006), iPhone (2010), Android (2011), PC-88 (1988), iPad (2013), Nintendo 3DS (2014), Sharp X68000 (1989), Arcade (1987) and Ouya (2014)

R-Type is a side scrolling shoot 'em up best known for its extremely tough and strategic gameplay. You control the...

R-Type Delta PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

The Bydo Empire has returned to Earth with a vengeance. This time, they will not accept defeat so easily. Earth...

R-Type Dimensions Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

R-Type Dimensions combines R-Type and R-Type II in one package. Both shoot-em-ups are exact ports from their arcade versions. New...

R-Type DX Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

As the pilot of the R-9 space fighter, you're mankind's last hope of destroying the vicious Bydo Empire before they...

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