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.
Atari 2600 (1981)
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In Freeway Fury the player is a daredevil jumping from car to car at high speed, striving to get as...
Free Will is a side-scrolling platform game with a twist. In the game you have to free Will, who's at...
ZX Spectrum (1984)
This action game takes its basic gameplay from Pengo, with 10 different speeds of play. It sets you as a...
Player is an astronaut who must go on a dangerous mission deep beneath the surface of a frozen planet. Inside...
Frenzy is a 3D shoot 'em up in which the player controls a small biplane. Flying through the levels the...
PlayStation 2 (2001)
A rhythm and music game -- played using audio triggers instead of visual triggers. The goal is to piece together...
Nintendo DS (2006)
At 35 and single, life is bland and repetitive for our hero. Then, one day, he hears a voice coming...
Friction Mobile is a puzzle game based on the Flash game Gimme Friction Baby. The player uses a rotating cannon...
Based on the popular movie franchise, Friday the 13th casts you as one of six camp counselors (three girls or...
Friendly Fire: Blood and Gore is a short shooting platformer of six levels. The player's character, a yellow man wearing...
PC Booter (1983)
A set of 8 games that are designed to be played on the original IBM PC computer of the time....
The children of the tortoise and the hare have decided to set aside their traditional family differences and go off...
Fright Night is based on the 1985 Columbia Pictures movie of the same name. You play vampire Jerry Dandridge in...
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- 97 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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- 96 Super Mario Bros. 3
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- 96 Metroid Prime
- 96 Grand Theft Auto IV
- 95 World of Goo
- 95 Wing Commander
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
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