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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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Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In Rune Factory 2 the player, Kyle by default, is an amnesiac who wanders into the town of Alvarna and...

Nintendo DS (2010)

In Rune Factory 3 the player, Micah by default, is an amnesiac who wanders into the town of Sharance and...

Rune: Halls of Valhalla Linux Front Cover

Linux (2001), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Halls of Valhalla expands the brutal action of the original melee-combat title Rune. Halls of Valhalla features two all-new multiplayer...

Windows (2009)

Run for Your Life presents The DarkVomit Portfolio of Kelly Hutchison's oil paintings made between 1998 and 2009 as an...

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

A short (10-second) collection of mini-games derived from the New Testament, this game puts the player in charge of a...

Run Like Hell PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox (2003)

Run Like Hell is a survival horror game.You are Captain Nicholas Conner, a former pilot who works on a space...

Windows (2003)

RunMan is a simple game where RunMan needs to survive as long as possible by jumping over objects or ducking...

Windows (2004)

RunMan: Going Coconuts is the fourth main game in the RunMan series and this time it has a summer theme....

RunMan: Race Around the World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

RunMan: Race Around the World is the sixth game in the long-running RunMan series with the titular character doing what...

Windows (2003)

RunMan's Christmas Adventure is the third game in the RunMan series. Santa Claus is missing in action and of course...

Windows (2005)

The freeware title RunMan's Monster Fracas is the fifth game in the RunMan series. In the original games RunMan only...

Windows (2003)

RunMan Unlimited is the sequel to RunMan and it is the second game in the series. The gameplay from the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Runner is a single screen platform game with various levels, where you control a spaceman with a jet-pac who must...

Running Battle SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1991)

Running Battle is a brawler-type beat'em up game where the player has to beat up waves and waves of thugs....

Running Circles Android Front Cover

Android (2015)

Running Circles is a reflex action game based on moving between circles. The player controls a character that runs endlessly,...

Running High PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

In the distant future of the year 2001, the mind-machine interface has become a reality and the ability to control...

The Running Man Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Inspired on the movie with the same name with A. Schwarzenegger, you are an ex-cop presumed guilty for the murder...

Running Shadow Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Running Shadow is an auto-run platformer that takes place in a fantasy world where the protagonist steals a powerful artifact,...

Running with Rifles Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Running with Rifles is a top-down tactical shooter played on large battlefields. The player controls a single soldier, part of...

Run Roo Run iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Run Roo Run is a micro-platformer. The game revolves around a kangaroo that must travel from Perth to Sydney in...

PC-88 (1989) and PC-98 (1989)

The female inhabitants of a poor village in Japan want to improve the technological level of their homeland. A lazy...

SNES (1993)

In the year 2998, the brilliant Dr. Bruford is experimenting with genetic structures and radiation. He hopes to create new...

Run Sackboy! Run! Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and PS Vita (2015)

Run Sackboy! Run! is an endless runner platform game featuring the lead character from the LittleBigPlanet series. When starting out...

Run the Gauntlet Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Competitors in this ITV television game show had to show their prowess on a range of vehicles including Buggys, Speedboats,...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

After his adventures in Rupert and the Toymaker's Party, Rupert must now enter an Ice Castle belonging to Jack and...

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