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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Götzendiener TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

The Demon God has abducted the princess Misa, intending to sacrifice her in order to restore his power. The king...

Gourmania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Gourmania is a combination of management and hidden object games. The player is the owner of a restaurant, and has...

Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

In Gourmet Sentai: Bara Yarou the player picks from three characters: Bonjour, Mademoiselle, and Très Bien. Each has slightly different...

Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Wii (2007)

Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure is based on the animated movie of the same name and basically a mini...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure is based on the animated movie of the same name and basically a mini...

G-Police Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

After a violent interstellar resource war, mega-corporations seize power from the remnants of Earth's governments and lead humanity's way into...

G-Police: Weapons of Justice PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Further adventures in the G-Police world - more flying around in a futuristic helicopter-style vehicle, shooting things. Features some new...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Grab-A-Crab is a top view single screen maze game inspired by the arcade game Pac-Man where you play the role...

Grabbed by the Ghoulies Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003) and Xbox 360 (2009)

The Ghoulies have taken his girlfriend, and the only way Cooper is going to get her back is by entering...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Grabber is a top view single screen maze game where the player moves a creature around the screen collecting treasure...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Grab-It is a side view single screen game where you control a grabber released by yourself to collect Nadium Blocks...

Gradius NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1987), TurboGrafx-16 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), PC-88 (1986), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Sharp X68000 (1987), Sharp X1 (1986), Wii U (2013), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Arcade (1985)

The people of Gradius are in trouble. The ameoboid Bacterions have launched an all out attack against the planet, and...

Gradius Collection PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

A compilation containing the arcade versions of the first four Gradius games as well as the previously PS1 exclusive game...

Gradius: Deluxe Pack SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

This pack contains both the arcade classics Gradius I and II, ported to Windows 95, Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn.Story:...

Gradius Gaiden PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Evil lurks out there in the universe - even after you defeated the Bacterian forces. It's 200 years into the...

Gradius Galaxies Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Gradius Galaxies' side-scrolling action hearkens back to the early days of arcade shoot-'em-ups — wave after wave of enemies hound...

Gradius II NES Front Cover

NES (1988), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1992) and Arcade (1988)

Gradius II is a sequel to Gradius and Life Force, and is a horizontal space shooter composed of seven levels....

Gradius III SNES Front Cover

SNES (1990), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1989)

Gradius III is the third game in Konami's long-running space shooter series, which also includes Life Force and Nemesis. As...

Gradius III and IV PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

This is a compilation containing two side scrolling shooters from Konami: Gradius III Gradius IV Both games are straight emulation...

Wii (2009)

Gradius ReBirth is a part of the ReBirth series from Konami on the Wii, which includes old-school revisits to the...

Gradius: The Interstellar Assault Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

This is the second Gradius/Nemesis game to land on the Game Boy. Like the first game, this is a side-scrolling...

Gradius V PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Long ago, the Gradius army destroyed an evil life form that was threatening the galaxy. But somehow some of the...

Graffiti Kingdom PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Prince Pixel is in a pickle. His parents have been kidnapped by an evil demon, called...Demon! Pixel has to rely...

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Commodore 64 (1988)

You are a graffiti artist who must get through four locations while avoiding all kinds of people that are constantly...

Grain of Salt iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

So, you're designing a game for a device that fits in your hand and has an accelerometer. What do you...

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