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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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Magia Kryształu Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Magia Kryształu (Magic of the Crystal) is an action platform game starring the mage Tannatos, out to get revenge on...

Windows (2002)

Magical Broom Extreme is a freeware, open-source horizontal shooter from Japan, where the player controls a witch flying in a...

Game Boy Color (2000) and TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Magical Chase is a 2D side-scrolling shoot 'em up set in a fantasy world.Game's heroine is a little witch called...

Magical Drop V Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

In Magical Drop V you play as one of eleven tarot card based characters (the eleventh character being only available...

The Magical Flying Pink Pony Game Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2007)

The Magical Flying Pink Pony Game is a first-person turret shooter set in a colorful, candyland world which the player...

Commodore 64 (1997)

Hundreds of years ago when snails still dwelled the Earth, Sonny the Snail lived happily with his parents in a...

Magical Hat no Buttobi Turbo! Daibōken Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990)

An ancient evil has resurfaced after being sealed underground for thousands of years. The peaceful island, Usontō, has been split...

Magical Night Dreams: Cotton 2 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1997)

The true sequel to Cotton, Cotton 2 introduces Cotton's rival Appli for 2-player support for the first time and the...

SEGA Saturn (1998) and Arcade (1998)

Cotton Boomerang is sort of an expanded edition of Cotton 2, with remixed levels and enemies. The only real differences...

SNES (1995)

The kingdom of Toaru is a prosperous and peaceful place that is famous for its magic. Within Toaru castle lies...

The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

This was the first Mickey Mouse game for Super NES, featuring a traditional platform gameplay and colorful Disney-like graphics.Mickey's mission...

Magical Tarurūto-kun Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Based on a popular manga comedy published in Shonen Jump, Magical Taruruuto-kun is about a boy named Edojou Honmaru who...

Game Gear (1991)

Magical Tarurūto-kun is a side-scrolling shooter based on the anime series of the same name. Tarurūto-kun, who can be described...

Game Boy (1991)

Magical Tarurūto-kun is a side-scrolling platformer based on the anime series of the same name. The player takes the role...

SNES (1992)

Magical Taruruuto-kun: Magic Adventure is a Super Mario-style platformer based on the anime and manga of the same name. In...

MSX (1984)

Magical Tree is a platform game where the player's objective is to reach the tree's top, some 2,000 meters above...

Magic Ball 2: New Worlds Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and iPhone (2009)

Magic Ball 2: New Worlds is the sequel to Magic Ball . It is a single player Breakout / Arkanoid...

Magic Ball 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Magic Ball 3 may seem similar to Breakout, with the paddle and ball both featured. However, this game distinguishes itself...

Magic Ball Christmas Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is the Christmas-/Winter-Edition to Magic Ball Deluxe. The game is a 3D Breakout, so your mission is to destroy...

Magic Boy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Join Magic Boy as he attempts to become a master wizard, and he does this by shooting enemies, putting them...

Magic Carpet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2011), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2010), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Magic Carpet is a first-person perspective game, in which you are a mage who flies on a, well, magic carpet...

Magic Carpet Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

In Magic Carpet, Aladdin must venture through three caves in search of the legendary magic lamp, avoiding hazards such as...

Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The evil demon lord Vissuluth has taken control of the realms of the Netherworld. Once prosperous lands have been infested...

Magic Carpet Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Magic Carpet Plus: Magic Carpet (base game) Hidden Worlds expansion (add-on)In Europe, this version was made available as a re-release...

Magic Carpet: The Hidden Worlds DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The Hidden Worlds is Bullfrog's add-on to Magic Carpet. It features tougher missions and computer opponents in new landscapes with...

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