DescriptionIn 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.
TurboGrafx CD (1993)
Released specifically for Naxat Soft's Summer Carnival of 1993, Nexzr Special is a collection of short stages and modes that...
SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1987), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1988), Windows Mobile (2005), iPhone (2012), PC-88 (1986) and iPad (2012)
Summer Games allows up to eight players to compete in a series of summer themed Olympic events. The gameplay is...
The player controls the promenade of a group (initially three) of small birds out for a stroll while a pastoral...
Game Boy Advance (2005)
Third game in the Summon Night "Swordcraft" action-RPG spin-offs. You take the role of a young craftsknight (a combination of...
PlayStation 2 (2005)
A spin-off to the Summon Night strategy-RPG games, SN Ecstasy is an action-RPG in which you have direct real-time control...
PlayStation 2 (2010)
Long, long ago, the world was bound together on one great continent, but through years of war and strife, the...
Game Boy Advance (2003)
Three years after your father was lost, you are an apprentice Craftknight. A tournament is held to find the next...
Game Boy Advance (2004)
You are a male or female apprentice Craftknight and the Edge Fencer. It is your job to protect the seal...
Game Boy Advance (2002)
The Sum of all Fears is a shooter reminiscent of Rogue Spear. The look and feel is alike, although it's...
Game Boy (1991)
Despite what the title may indicate, Sumo Fighter is not a sports game but a side-scrolling platformer. The player takes...
Sumpfhuhn is a shooter similar to the popular German game Moorhuhn. The player shoots chickens which fly over the screen....
Commodore 64 (1988)
Sunburst is a top-down, multiscrolling shooter in which players take control of a space ship and travel through several sun...
This unlicensed title contains three different games, not released separately: Sunday Funday, Fishfall and 4HIM: The Ride.Sunday Funday is an...
Sunday vs Magazine is a crossover fighting game featuring dozens of characters from two of Japan's most popular shonen manga...
Sunny Ball is a game similar to Breakout, that contains classic and colorful levels. Like similar games the player controls...
Sunset Flavors is a time management game where the goal is to serve cold drinks to thirsty customers at a...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 97 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- 96 World of Goo
- 96 World of Goo
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy 2
- 96 Super Mario Galaxy
- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
- 96 SoulCalibur
- 96 Metroid Prime
- 96 Grand Theft Auto IV
- 95 Wing Commander
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 2 Games in 1: Disney Princess + Disney's The Lion King 1 ½ (2004)
- 5.00 2in1 Pack: Battle Arena Toshinden - Fatal Fury 3 (1999)
- 5.00 2in1 Pack: Dragon's Lair - Space Ace (1998)
- 3.41 3-D Ultra NASCAR Pinball (1999)
- 4.55 3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride (1996)
- 5.00 3Tones (2009)
- 4.31 Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog (2006)
- 5.00 Action Pack - 4 Killer Action Games! (2003)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2004)
- 3.35 Adventure Island (2005)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.