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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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Amiga (1989)

In Magic Marble, the player takes the role of Marvin who has to find a new Grytzl for the marble...

DOS (1994)

Magic Maycabs is based on the classic BBC Micro game Magic Mushrooms. However, the player controls a car in this...

Magic & Mayhem for Heretic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Magic & Mayhem for Heretic is a commercial CD-ROM package containing over 1500 levels for Heretic. The CD-ROM includes Doom-It,...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The plot is that you're a good wizard called Meltec, who turns lead into gold. For plot related reasons all...

Magic Micro Mission Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

TV-spin-off derived from the title sequence of the Central ITV series 'Magic Micro Mission' broadcast in six UK regions in...

PC-98 (1993)

A young girl who was studying at the Demonic King Academy (a very interesting college, to say the least) decided...

Magicoal TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

The boy Rhun and the girl Melvy live in a quiet forest village, both studying the art of magic. They...

The Magic of Scheherazade NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

The evil wizard Sabaron summoned a horde of demons to invade Arabia. One brave magician tried to fight Sabaron, but...

Magic Pockets DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

In Magic Pockets, players control the cool Bitmap Kid who has deep pockets that can store virtually anything. Bitmap Kid's...

Commodore 64 (1993)

The sequel to Reckless Rufus. Antwicky, Rufus' homeland, has been taken over by evil witches. Rufus attempts to defeat them...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Magic Serpent is a Snake variant. The player controls a snake called Lenni who has to eat all fruits which...

Magic Snake II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Your job, like in any snake game, is to move your snake, feed it (here with magic berries), and avoid...

Magic Sword SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992) and Arcade (1990)

As the hero, you must climb up a monster-ridden tower to defeat Drokkmar, master of the Blackorb. To do this,...

Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Magic: the Gathering – Battlegrounds brings the Magic world to life, as a real-time fighting/strategy game for the Xbox video...

Magic: The Gathering - Battlemage Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1996)

Another of the Magic: The Gathering series, where you are a battle mage trying to challenge the authority of the...

Windows (2014)

Magic Vials is an arcade game aimed at children and not only. The objective in every level is to collect...

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Magic World is an arcade platform game. The aim is to find ten specific pieces of stardust located in the...

Supervision (1992)

"In A.D. 2X00 alien Saya Empire secretly built a "Time space" Frontier Post on the Moon, intentionally intrude the earth......

Windows (2006)

Magiya krovi: Mnogopol'zovatel'skoe dopolnenie is a multiplayer add-on for Dawn of Magic, which is required for installation. It adds five...

Windows (2008)

Magiya krovi. Zolotoe izdanie is a gold edition of Dawn of Magic, with multiplayer add-on Magiya krovi: Mnogopol'zovatel'skoe dopolnenie and...

MagMax NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1986)

An alien menace has attacked the worlds of civilization and laid waste to their planets. However before the being conquered,...

Windows 3.x (1993)

MagnaFlux is a 2-car overhead racing game. Humans or the computer can control either or both of the cars. The...

Magnetica Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Playing with balls is fun! Magnetica is a fiendish action puzzler game from Japanese developer Mitchell Corporation, and the sequel...

Magnetica Twist Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Magnetica Twist is a puzzle game for the Wii. The basic gameplay is to keep on clearing the gemstones that...

Magnetic Joe iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2007), J2ME (2006) and iPhone (2009)

Magnetic Joe is a puzzle game in which the player must guide a magnetic ball by the name of Joe.The...

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