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
, and platform
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
are usually real-time
strategy or puzzle games.
Action Arcade 5-Pak bundles five Webfoot Technologies games in a single package:3D Alien Invasion3D Brick Busters3D Caveman Rocks3D Dragon Castle3D...
Xbox 360 (2010)
Action Arcade Wrestling is as the title suggests a arcade style wrestling game that allows the player to customize his...
Action Ball is a variant of the classic Breakout game with a few distinctive features. There are 3 types of...
Action Bass is an arcade-type fishing game that emphasizes the action of trying to catch a big fish, and the...
Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1986)
Action Biker was commercially tied-in with the KP Skips potato snack range, and features its Clumsy Colin mascot prominently. The...
The Action Box 2 compilation includes:
Counter Terrorist Special Forces: Fire for Effect
Action Cyborg is a short (the game was released with only three levels) 2D platform/action game that takes the player...
Action Fist is a side-scrolling, 2D platform game with a graphical style reminiscent of titles from the late eighties, early...
Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1988)
COBRA have attacked the small island of Botsneda. While in the pursuing chaos the inhabitants left behind some top secret...
ZX Spectrum (1988)
The task in Action Force II: International Heroes is to rescue each of the citizens who have been taken hostage...
BREW (2006) and Zeebo (2009)
Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog is a beat'em up, a sequel to Super Action Hero. The player controls Wolf, the...
Action Man once again tries to foil Dr. X from conquering the world in this game based on the animated...
In this kids game based on the 3D animated television series, you play as the heroic Action Man out to...
Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2000)
Action Man, hero of the TV animated series, is out to stop Dr. X's latest plan for world conquest. He'll...
Action Man was originally a popular toy action figure, the U.K.'s version of G.I. Joe, before becoming a more generic...
Game Boy Color (2001)
Alex "Action Man" Mann makes a stop over onto the Game Boy Color where once again he must stop the...
The Action Pack from GOD contains the Ego-Shooter KISS: Psycho Circus - The Nightmare Child and the 3rd person Action...
Collection of four actions games:
Aliens versus Predator: Gold Edition
Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza
The Operative: No One...
Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)
As the title already indicates this compilation includes the following two Sierra games:
Silent Thunder: A-10 Tank Killer...
Atari 8-bit (1982)
Action Quest is an action adventure game akin to Venture. The player controls a ghost whose objective is to traverse...
ZX Spectrum (1986)
Action Reflex involves steering a bouncy ball through 75 screens of hazards. These include lakes, drains, daggers, and a network...
Microïds' Action Sports compilation contains the following 4 games:
Grand Prix 500 2
Super Ski II
ActRaiser is resurrected on the mobile platform. This version only focuses on the action elements of the original game. You...
SNES (1990) and Wii (2007)
ActRaiser was one of the early SNES games, drawing upon the success of side-scrolling platform action titles and the building...