Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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SNES (1996)

Kūsō Kagaku Sekai Gulliver Boy is one of the games based on the anime series Gulliver Boy, quite different from...

Kwari Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Kwari was an online multiplayer first-person shooter played for cash. The entire game was available for free, but players had...

VIC-20 (1984)

Kwazy Kwaks is a simple shooting gallery game spiced up with a certain duck flavour, obviously inspired by UPL's Carnival....

Kwik Snax DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Dizzy must rescue four of his 'Yolkfolk' (groan) chums in this game, from Cuckoo Land, Ice Land, Cloud Land and...

Kya: Dark Lineage PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Kya and her brother Frank have been transported into a different dimension, and upon arriving are separated! Kya meets (and...

Kyatto Ninden Teyandee NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Edoropolis is home to a race of Animaloids, anthropomorphic animals which are a combination of flesh and cybernetic body parts....

Windows 3.x (1992)

This is a shareware puzzle game, registration originally designed to support the charity "Save the Children." In it, you play...

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1986)

Kairos has kidnapped children and trapped them in mirrors inside his castle. The player takes the role of Mac in...

Kyuiin PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Two kids are cleaning their room when they find a book of fairy tales. Suddenly a fairy pops out of...

DOS (1998)

A micro game that challenges speed, memory, concentration and dexterity. Match as many elemental symbols with their corresponding index number...

Windows (2008)

Considering that side-scrolling is a hallmark of platform games, you'd figure that they'd prompt players to exercise more lateral thinking....

l'Abbaye des Morts Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2010)

In the 13th century, the Catholic Church used it's soldiers to expel the members of the religious order of the...

L.A. Blaster DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Los Angeles is overrun with evil Nolan's mutant army! Now the player chooses one of six cars which distinguish from...

Labyrinth Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), MSX (1987) and PC-88 (1987)

The player starts this game off controlling the actions of an ordinary citizen on their way to a movie theater....

Labyrinth Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Labyrinth is the sequel to a SNES game called On the Ball. The object of the game is to manipulate...

NES (1987)

Labyrinth is a maze game similar to Gauntlet, but with a more definite goal and some adventure elements. It is...

Labyrinth iPad Front Cover

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

In Labyrinth, the player has to get a marble into a specific hole. The player control the speed and direction...

DOS (1987)

A game of maze navigation, in which you race against time through random-generated labyrinths of varying difficulty levels. Not only...

Amiga (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Labyrinth is a maze game in which two balls started a competition. Whoever is the fastest through the 50 levels...

Labyrinth Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

This is a maze style single shooter rescue game involving a labyrinth named Prince Julians's diamond mines, beneath the city...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Labyrinthion is a flick screen action maze game in the vein of UPG's Atic Atac, in which an adventurer is...

Labyrinth of Crete CD-i Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995), CD-i (1997) and Macintosh (1996)

Labyrinth of Crete is a puzzle game that takes place within Greek mythology. In the game the player has offended...

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Amstrad PCW (1990)

This game is based on the Spanish animation series of the same name, broadcast on Televisión Española during the late...

Windows (2001)

In Ladendetektiv, you are a security person who is in charge of the surveillance of a shop. You must prevent...

Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

L.A. Drugs Bust (or 'Los Angeles Police Department') is a simple rail shooter like Operation Wolf. The player plays the...

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