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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Fraxxon J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2002)

Playing as starfighter pilot Jake Striker of the Global Alliance, you are the final line of defense on a moon-based...

Fray in Magical Adventure MSX Front Cover

MSX (1990), PC-88 (1991) and PC-98 (1991)

Fray In Magical Adventure is a side-story in the Xak series. The events of the game are parallel to those...

Fray in Magical Adventure CD: Xak Gaiden TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

This version of Fray in Magical Adventure differs from the original MSX and subsequent computer releases in several ways. It...

Apple II (1982)

The player's star fighter has become trapped by an energy barrier, surrounding the playfield on all sides. The culprits, a...

Frazzled Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Colored balls bounce from the distance towards you. You must use the arrow keys to move the catcher to catch...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Agent One of the Galactic Police Force and you have been sent to a large factory to stop...

Freak Out: Extreme Freeride Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007) and PSP (2007)

Freak Out: Extreme Freeride is an arcade skiing game, focused on performing tricks and stunts. The main mode is Mission,...

Freaky Flyers PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

This cartoon style racing game replaces the usual kart formula with planes (and all sorts of flying technology, such as...

Fred ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

You are Fred, an intrepid archaeologist, interested in visiting the pyramid of Tootiecarmoon looking for a new experience, and in...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1989)

Sir Fred was a brave and noble knight in love with a beautiful damsel, but evil Ultimor, an ugly dwarf...

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Fred is a platform game, where the player controls a caveman, walking horizontally through the levels. Like in nearly every...

Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), Macintosh (1996), iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

In Maze Madness, Freddi's friend Luther has managed to accidentally scatter Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds throughout a gigantic set of...

Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

In Water Worries, you play Luther, a young green fish who gets sucked into a whirlpool and must find his...

PC Booter (1983)

Freddy Fish is an arcade action game where your goal is to become the biggest fish in the sea! On...

Freddy Hardest Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The most irreverent playboy of all the galaxy, heir of a great fortune, has a totally irresponsible life, given to...

Freddy Hardest in South Manhattan MSX Front Cover

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

In the future NYC has become inhospitable and depraved, with thugs lining every street waiting to pounce on ordinary civilians....

DOS (1984)

Freddy's Rescue Roundup is an action platform game where you need to collect all of the chickens on the screen...

Frederic: Evil Strikes Back Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Frederic: Evil Strikes Back is the sequel to Frederic: Resurrection of Music. Just like the original game it is a...

Fred: The Remake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This freeware remake of the Spanish platform game from 1983 recreates the levels and gameplay of the original, while updating...

Browser (2008)

The playfield is represented by a ring, on the inside of which are thinkers, stickmen who produce ideas and knowledge,...

Freedom City Runners Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

In Freedom City Runners the player takes the role of an athlete who has overslept on the day of the...

Freedom Fall Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Freedom Fall is a 2D platformer with vertically-oriented levels where the character needs to progress downwards. The player controls a...

Freedom Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

The Soviet Union has invaded New York City! Chris Stone is just a plumber, and he's willing to live out...

Freedom Fighters! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1982) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

As a pilot of the Earth Federation, the player has to rescue prisoners in orbiting confinement crystals, while avoiding the...

NES (1988)

In Freedom Force, Rad Rex and his partner Manic Jackson are part of an elite counter terrorism unit. Their mission...

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