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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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Game Boy Advance (2004)

This is the standard "Bowser has kidnapped the Princess, and Mario must rescue her" story. In this case, the Princess...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

After years of "who is the best" speculation among fans, Mario and Sonic finally meet up to see who is...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In this DS adaptation of the Wii title, Sega and Nintendo's characters appear in the same game for the first...

Wii (2010)

Mario Sports Mix is a collection of over-the-top arcade-style sports simulations based on characters from the Mario franchise and other...

Mario Strikers Charged Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Mario Strikers Charged, the sequel to Super Mario Strikers, is a soccer game, loosely based on the official rules, featuring...

Mario Super Sluggers Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Mario Super Sluggers, the sequel to Mario Superstar Baseball, continues the arcade-style gameplay of Mario sports games. Mario and friends...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

In the beginning video, Donkey Kong is at home channel-surfing. While flipping through channels, DK notices an ad about the...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is an action/puzzle game where the object is to bring as...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! is the fourth game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. A series of...

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! is an action/puzzle game similar to the previous game in the series. However,...

Mario World: Overrun Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

Mario World Overrun is a fan-made Mario game for the browser. The basic gameplay is shooting all the enemies before...

Marko SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995), Genesis (1994) and SEGA CD (1995)

Colonel Brown, the evil owner of a toy factory, has created a substance that can turn people and animals into...

Mark of the Ninja Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and Macintosh (2013)

Mark of the Ninja is an side-scrolling stealth action game. In the tradition of stealth games, emphasis is placed on...

Game Gear (1993)

With the help of a mad scientist, Colonel Brown, the owner of a toy factory, has created a substance that...

Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

These two games allow you to use the Sega's Light Phaser to your advantage. In Marksman Shooting, you shoot red...

Marksman Shooting / Trap Shooting / Safari Hunt SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

This cartridge bundles three games that all support the light phaser. Marksman Shooting and Trap Shooting were previously available as...

The Mark Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The Mark is an action first-person shooter with a plot about fanatical terrorists planning the ultimate strike. From the son...

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Marlow Briggs lies dead in the Central American jungle. Well, at least until he is resurrected by an Aztec ghost...

Mars Cars Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Mars Cars is a maze game in which players must navigate their little hatchback car through a maze. The goal...

Mars Explorer Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), Browser (2008) and iPhone (2008)

Mars Explorer is an online game for multiple players that combines racing, dogfights and exploration all set on the deserted...

Windows (2010)

Marsh is a Japanese vertically-scrolling 2D shooter. The player can choose from three ships and each has different weapon configurations....

Browser (2003)

Marshie is a marshmallow vampire with a penchant for marshmallows—black and orange marshmallows, that is. The player guides Marshie though...

DOS (1997)

A simple platform game. However, this game is ONLY playable with 2 people. There is no single player - But...

Mars Matrix Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Mars Matrix is a top-down vertical scrolling shoot-em-up (shmup) game, originally for the Capcom CPS-2 arcade board. It is the...

Mars Miner Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Mars Miner is a Bomberman remake. The protagonist is an astronaut stranded on Mars after the ship's collision with a...

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