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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The legend of PicoHERO Android Front Cover

Android (2014)

The legend of PicoHERO is a simple, short RPG game with a Zelda-like real-time gameplay and NES-styled graphics. To save...

The Legend of Princess Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Legend of Princess is a one-level arcade interpretation of Zelda. Players control Link as the main character in a...

NES (1992)

The Legend of Prince Valiant is a side-scrolling action game in which the player takes on the role of Prince...

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are the famous sailor Sinbad and on a voyage you managed to get kidnapped by the evil Sultan Salabim...

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

When the Dark Master attacked the sacred temple, the Fire Guardian, Ignitus, could only manage to save one of the...

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

When the Dark Master attacked the sacred temple, the Fire Guardian, Ignitus, could only manage to save one of the...

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The story begins with Spyro playing with his friend Sparx in the swamps, when they're attacked by some unknown creatures....

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006), GameCube (2006) and Xbox 360 (2008)

The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning deals with Spyro's birth and his journey to meet his destiny. The intro...

J2ME (2008)

Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon on mobile phones follows the plot of the previous mobile episodes. Spyro and...

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Dawn of the Dragon is the third and final chapter of the Legend of Spyro trilogy. It starts when Spyro...

Game Boy Advance (2007)

In this second version since the series restart, you are attempting to take out Gaul, the Ape King. The GBA...

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

After the first episode, where Spyro and Sparx freed Cynder from the Dark Masters sphere of influence, Cynder the she-dragon...

The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Spyro wakes up late one night to discover that his rescued friend, Cynder, is running away from the temple where...

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

You are Lady Wilde and you have survived a plane crash with no other survivors deep in the Amazon jungle,...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In Legend of the Lost, the player takes control of Jack who has to rescue his girlfriend Jane. She got...

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES Front Cover slight visible damage on right side

SNES (1991), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2013)

Goemon (Kid Ying) and Ebisu-Maru (Dr. Yang) are enjoying themselves at home, when they hear about strange spirits sighted at...

DOS (1996)

Long time ago, the people of Yoneda lived in peace protected by the magical Silver Talisman, created by the Council...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The Legend of William Tell is based on the TV series Crossbow which in turn is based on the Swiss...

The Legend of Xanadu II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1995) and Wii (2009)

Legend of Xanadu II continues the story of the first game. Once again, the player controls the adventurer Areios, who...

The Legend of Xanadu TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and Wii (2008)

In Legend of Xanadu, the player controls a young adventurer named Areios. Monsters attack his homeland, and he is forced...

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The Special Edition Gold Pack was available for pre-order at UK store GAME.It included: The Legend of Zelda: A Link...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is an adventure game, and the sequel to 1991's The Legend of...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords features two games, a port of the SNES game The...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991), Wii (2006) and Wii U (2014)

Recently, famine and drought have plagued Hyrule. When all seemed lost, a mysterious wizard, Agahnim, appeared, and stopped these strange...

The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

This disc contains emulated versions of the NES games The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link,...

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