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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Nintendo 64 (1998)

The retro shooter returns with the same addictive gameplay of the original arcade game, but now with the added power...

Robotron X PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

The arcade classic is taken to the next level, this time in 3D. The super-enhanced hero Ugene is once again...

Robots Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Nintendo DS (2005)

Based on the Blue Sky film (distributed by Fox) of the same name, Robots takes players on an adventure to...

Robots Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

A gifted young inventor, Rodney Copperbottom, moves to the big city to realize his dreams of working for his childhood...

Robot Tank Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

There are numerous enemy tanks crossing the countryside, destroying everything in their path! Your job is to command a robot...

Robot Unicorn Attack Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Robot Unicorn Attack is a running game, similar to Canabalt, where the player controls a robot unicorn, running at a...

Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2010) and iPhone (2010)

Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal, basically, is a heavy metal edition of Robot Unicorn Attack. As in original game, you...

Robot Wars MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

The player controls a human that battles with enemy robots that pursue and attack in maze like constructed levels. All...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Robot Wars is a game based on a BBC television series where you control robots and engage them in combat...

Robot Wars: Extreme Destruction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Xbox (2002)

A sequel to BBC Multimedia's first Robot Wars game, Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction. This game is based on the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Robot Wars 2: Extreme Destruction brings together all the elements of the TV show. Players can design and build their...

Atari ST (1990)

The exploration space vessel "DARWIN 8" is in troubles: it is invaded by alien robots, who killed the whole crew,...

Robotz DX Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Robotz DX is a freeware remake of an earlier Atari ST game (also released for free at the time), recreated...

RoboWarrior NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and MSX (1988)

In a desperate measure to combat the overpopulation of Earth, scientists work to create an artificial planet named Altile, named...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1987) and Arcade (1986)

As the name implies, Robo Wres 2001 is a game about robots that wrestle in (what then was) the future....

Robozone Amiga Front Cover

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

A nearby planet is emitting a dangerous level of pollution, so you must go in destroy the source. The game...

Rocco ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Our Stallone-inspired hero has four fights to win before becoming champion boxer in this sports game. Cimbel Lin, Ted Matare,...

Rochard Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Android (2014)

Rochard is a side-scrolling science-fiction platformer where the player takes the titular role of John Rochard, an astrominer in search...

Rochard: Hard Times Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Hard Times is a DLC for Rochard. It includes four new levels with the emphasis on puzzle-solving. The levels are...

Rochard: Soundtrack Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Rochard: Soundtrack Edition includes: Rochard Soundtrack in MP3 and FLAC formats Digital art book

Rock Band PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2008)

Rock Band, by the original developers behind the Guitar Hero games, takes the concept a step further. Instead of solely...

Rock Band 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Rock Band 2 is the sequel to the 2007 musical simulation game Rock Band and offers similar gameplay. Directly competing...

Rock Band 3 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

Rock Band 3 is the third game in the main Rock Band series, and features numerous new additions to the...

Rock Band 4 PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Rock Band 4 is the fourth game in the Rock Band series released five years after the previous main title...

Rock Band Reloaded iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Rock Band Reloaded features gameplay similar to earlier Rock Band games, with the following added features: Split-screen head-to-head gameplay for...

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