How do you play retro games?

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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Kaos Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Kaos Online is an MMORPG. All characters can express their emotions, such as joy, sadness or anger, as well as...

Kao the Kangaroo Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Crikey! Kao's been stolen from down under! It's up to you to get him home to the Outback.Unlike the Windows...

Kao the Kangaroo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

A kangaroo named Kao was playing with his friends in his native Australia, when suddenly evil hunters appeared, put him...

Kao the Kangaroo Round 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004), Xbox (2004) and GameCube (2004)

Kao the Kangaroo Round 2 is a third-person perspective platform game about a young, cute, yellow kangaroo, who saves animals...

Kaptein Sabeltann Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Kaptein Sabeltann is a game based on the Norwegian fictional pirate of the same name, known in English as Captain...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

In this sort of add-on to Karaoke Revolution, All sorts of J-Pop is included in this set. Songs include:Astronomic Observation...

Karate Sinclair QL Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986) and Sinclair QL (1985)

Karate is a 2D one-on-one fighting game similar to World Karate Championship. The player controls a karate fighter through different...

Karate Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1987)

Karate is a fighting game for two players or one player against the computer. Your goal is to earn a...

Arcade (1991)

Karate Blazers is a beat-em-up where four disciples are out to avenge their masters death, retrieve some stolen scrolls and...

Karate Champ NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Wii (2010), iPhone (2010), iPad (2010) and Arcade (1984)

Karate Champ is an action fighting game for one or two players. The players compete against each other at nine...

Commodore 64 (1987)

To become a master you must enter the Dragon Temple and defeat various fighters spread over nine levels. You enter...

Karateka Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Karateka is a reboot of the 80s title Karateka with the original creator Jordan Mechner at the helm. The new...

Karateka DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), NES (1985), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1984), Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), PC-98 (1988) and iPad (2013)

The evil Akuma has destroyed the protagonist's homeland, killed many of his friends and kidnapped the princess Mariko. Fortunately, the...

The Karate Kid: Part II - The Computer Game Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1986)

The Karate Kid: Part II - The Computer Game is a one-on-one fighting game based on the movie The Karate...

NES (1987)

Based on the 1986 John G. Avildsen film, The Karate Kid 2. The Karate Kid is a beat'em up game...

Amiga (1996)

Kargon takes place in fantasy land far, far away, where the good King Kargon is killed by his twin brother...

Arcade (1997)

Karian Cross is falling-piece puzzle game, similar to Puyo Puyo or Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. The player must combine...

Karin and the Hidden Lake Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and Browser (2009)

Karin and the Hidden Lake is a short platformer about a girl who enters a forest to pick flowers during...

Karma Fighter BREW Front Cover

BREW (2006), J2ME (2006) and Symbian (2006)

Karma Fighter is a fighting/beat 'em up style game. The game features three game modes like Tournament, Survival and Quick...

Karnov PC Booter Front Cover

DOS (1987), PC Booter (1987), NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), Macintosh (1989) and Arcade (1987)

Jinborov Karnovski (also known as the titular Karnov), is a Russian circus strongman who is collecting all of the pieces...

Ka'Roo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A little kangaroo wearing boxing gloves needs to be maneuvered through 80 levels. The levels consist of 3D platforms with...

Karoshi 2.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Karoshi 2.0 (Jap. 過労死 - "death from overwork") is the continuation of an idea expressed in the first game. The...

Karoshi Factory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

Karoshi Factory is the third game in the Karoshi series and it consists of 25 levels that are completed by...

Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman is a flash version based on the previous Karoshi games. It mixes stages along from the original...

Karous Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2007)

In this unique vertically-scrolling shooter you take the role of a mysterious girl named Karous, who commands a tiny fighter...

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