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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Gargoyle's Quest II NES Front Cover

NES (1992), Nintendo 3DS (2014) and Wii U (2014)

The Ghoul realm is under attack by a mysterious force and aspiring warrior Firebrand sets out to save it.As in...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

This is a special edition release of the original Garou: Mark of The Wolves which includes a blood wine-colored special...

Ga-rou-den Breakblow PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Bunshichi Tanba is a man who loves to fight. He seeks out opponents wherever they might be found, but one...

Garou: Mark of the Wolves PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Dreamcast (2001), Neo Geo (2000), Xbox 360 (2009), iPhone (2015), iPad (2015) and Arcade (1999)

It's been several years since Geese Howard was defeated in a battle with Terry Bogard, a young man looking to...

Garrison Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Garrison is a top-down action game very similar to Gauntlet. Up to five characters fight their way through over 100...

Amiga (1987)

Like its predecessor, the game is an arcade beat'em up mixed with some adventure elements. The formula and the game...

Garry Kitchen's Battletank NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Battletank is an advanced tank simulator where players take control of a tank from its driver's seat. Players are stuck...

Garry's Mod Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2010)

Initially a Half-Life 2 fan-made mod, this sandbox editor gives you the tools to play with items and physics within...

Garry's Mod + Team Fortress 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Garry's Mod + Team Fortress 2 is a Steam bundle containing Garry's Mod and the multiplayer game Team Fortress 2....

Garshasp: The Monster Slayer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Garshasp: The Monster Slayer is a third-person melee brawler similar to the God of War series. The game borrows significantly...

PC-98 (1995)

At first glance, one would think that Garudius '95 is undoubtedly a part of Konami's venerated Gradius series. Indeed, it...

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Gary Linekers Superskills is a soccer game with a catch: it is only about the training! The player has to...

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is a combat racing game. Players race on the different tracks and shoot opponents. Initially a...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are in your vehicle which has terrible fuel efficiency. A real gas hog. You are trying to travel along...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Gasienica (Caterpillar) is an action game based on the "Snake" concept. The player controls a multi-segmented centipede, moving it around...

Gasketball iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

In Gasketball the player controls a flying robot. The game is inspired by basketball as the purpose is to net...

Gastly's Hidden Haunt! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Gastly's Hidden Haunt! is a game from Pokémon.com. The player shines a flashlight around an old abandoned house, trying to...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Gate 88 is a real-time strategy game with a twist -- you are in direct control of an individual unit,...

Gate of Thunder Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Wii (2007)

A side-scrolling shoot-'em-up, Gate of Thunder asks players to take control of the space-craft "Hunting Dog". You fly left-to-right mostly,...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The player controls a knight who must discover the mystery of the mind. To do this, four objects must be...

Gates of Zendocon Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1989)

The evil spider Zendocon has trapped you in its web of universes. Your mission is to defeat Zendocon's droids and...

Gateworld: The Home Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Captain Klondike's ship has crash-landed on an unknown asteroid. He must find a way to collect fuel for his ship,...

Gatling Gears Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Gatling Gears is a twin-stick shooter that takes place in Greed Corp's Mistbound universe. The game places the player in...

Windows (2002)

In this football-themed platform game you play as Gatorman, the mascot of the Florida Gators football team. You have been...

Gauntlet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1990), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1988), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), Apple IIgs (1988), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), J2ME (2004), Xbox 360 (2005), Macintosh (1989) and Arcade (1985)

Gauntlet is an action game where players choose characters and fight their way through hordes of enemies that assault them...

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