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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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Madballs in Babo: Invasion Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a game based on a toy-line of rubber balls of the same name, originally started...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

The Mad Bomber is single-button action game in which the player must drop bombs on targets. The game is shown...

Mad Cars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Mad Cars is a top-down racing in a post-apocalyptic setting. WW III has turned the earth into a wasteland. Racers...

Mad Dash Racing Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2001)

An arcade racer featuring cartoon-style 3D cel-shaded characters racing on foot through eight large courses. The courses are closer to...

Madden NFL Football: Limited Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

A port of Madden '96 to DOS, using the extra space provided by a CD to provide improved graphics and...

Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2003), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1994), CD-i (1995) and Arcade (1992)

The sequel to American Laser Game's original Mad Dog McCree, with pretty much the same gameplay and motion capture graphics....

Mad Dog McCree DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2002), SEGA CD (1993), 3DO (1994), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1994), PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2011), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Arcade (1991)

Mad Dog McCree and his gang have kidnapped the Mayor and his daughter, and its up to you to rescue...

Mad Dog McCree: Gunslinger Pack Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Mad Dog McCree: Gunslinger Pack is a conversion of American Laser Games' western-themed laserdisc shooters. Included in the pack are...

Made Man: Confessions of the Family Blood Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

The opening sees your character, Joey Verola, talking to someone else about money, lots of money. He (Joey) then goes...

MAD: Global Thermonuclear War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Let’s play global thermonuclear war.MAD is a real time strategy game depicting a future battle between two superpower alliances. Each...

Mad Maestro! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The city has announced plans to destroy the concert hall! You are Takt, a young conductor attempting to recruit the...

Mad Martha ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

This (mostly) text adventure game places you in the role of hen-pecked hero, Henry Littlefellow. Seeking entertainment once in his...

Mad Max NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

You are Mad Max. You drive your Interceptor through the post-apocalyptic wastelands and fight bandits. The game introduction is the...

TRS-80 (1982)

Mad Mines is a fixed screen shoot 'em up that includes elements from two other shooters for home computers: Ceiling...

Mad Mix Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Mad Mix is a Pac-Man variant, with a typical bird's eye view for each level and pellets you must eat...

Mad Mix 2: En el castillo de los fantasmas Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Peace had arrived finally at "Cocovillage" thanks to the good work made by Mad Mix, who had become the worthy...

Mad Monday Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mad Monday is a top-down racing game where the player needs to escape the police and drive through different cities...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Madness is a platformer that features 30 screen sized levels. The goal of each levels is to reach the exit...

Windows (2009)

madnessMADNESSmadness is a strange, freeware 2D platform game. You must escape the red light-wall, in a very bizarre, circular world...

Mad Nurse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

In Mad Nurse you take on the role of a midwife in a maternity hospital. In this hospital the babies...

Madō King Granzort SuperGrafx Front Cover

SuperGrafx (1990)

Madō King Granzort is based on the anime of the same name. The story takes place in science-fiction scenario in...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Professor Mariarti is, as the game title suggests, a mad scientist. Not all of his experiments worked out the way...

Commodore 64 (1993)

Madrax is a platform game where the player walks and somersaults around a maze, attempting to collect six idols from...

Madrism Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Madrism is an action puzzle game which tasks the player with quickly building architectural floor plans. Rooms, doors, kitchens, and...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Up to six players may compete in this bizarre, futuristic game show presented on the screen of a TV set...

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