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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Lair of the Evildoer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2011)

Lair of the Evildoer is a top-down shooter set in a closed environment that consists of 20 floors. The player...

The Lake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Lake is a short interactive story created in three days using Construct for the TIGSource Commonplace Book competition, where...

Windows (2006)

La La Land is the first title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player and...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 2 is the second title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 3 is the third title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 4 is the fourth title in a series of experimental games where the communication between the player...

Windows (2006)

La La Land 5 is a surreal platform game. It features Biggt, who resembles a bat, a Bible salesman. Everyday...

Apple II (2013)

Life as a sheep farmer is no easy task, especially when your flock goes missing (did you forget to lock...

Lame Castle iPhone Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010) and Android (2010)

Lame Castle is a game where the player's goal is to destroy the castle at the end of each level....

Lament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Lament is a puzzle platformer controlling the girl Emma and it incorporates patterns of sounds to solve puzzles. Emma needs...

DOS (1992)

A small 'Lemmings' clone with a twist. This time around you have to kill the "Lamers" instead of saving them,...

PC-88 (1987) and Sharp X1 (1987)

UFO sightings and alleged contacts with aliens that were widespread in the second half of the 20th century eventually became...

Philips VG 5000 (1984)

On the top of a mountain is the lair of the nefarious SCARFOS group who are planning on making a...

La•Mulana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

La•Mulana is a platform title that was five years in development and was designed to look like an MSX game....

Lancaster Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

This is a flight simulator where you get to play the gunner of a Lancaster bomber in WW2. The bombing...

Atari 8-bit (1996)

Lancelot is a platform game. The player assumes the role of a green gnome, named Lancelot. His task is to...

Lancer Lords Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Lancer Lords is a single player combat game that has the player jousting with other knights atop an ostrich. Every...

PlayStation (2003)

The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure is a single player platform game based on Disney's film The Land Before...

The Land Before Time Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Game Boy Advance (2001)

Jump'n Run Game for the Game Boy Color featuring the Characters from the Universal Cartoon 'The Land before Time'. Different...

Lander Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The year is 3032. You own a hovercraft type spacecraft and earn your living by piloting it around the solar...

Landing at Io Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987)

Landing at Io is a Lunar Lander game, written in AmigaBasic. On each screen, there are three landing pads, of...

Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1992)

Mickey Mouse is reading an interesting book and suddenly find himself in a strange, dreamy village. He is told that...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A single mercenary has been sent to rescue eight space kids that have become stranded in the hidden silos around...

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green is a FPS prequel to the 2005 George A. Romero film. It...

Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1985) and Sinclair QL (1985)

The Dark Lords have defeated the sorcerer High Vanish and hold the power over the land of Haven. Before he...

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