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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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PlayStation (2002)

Manpuku!! Nabe Kazoku is something as unusual as an eating action arcade game. You face off against various opponents ranging...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Man Trap is a deceptively simple arcade game for the Spectrum where the objective is to survive for as many...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Mantronix is an arcade game where the player controls a small robot and must use it to explore an alien...

Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

Man vs. Wild is inspired by the survival television series of the same name. The player takes on the role...

Mappy NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1984), Game Gear (1991), MSX (1984), Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2005), Wii (2008), PC-88 (1986), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1986), Sord M5 (1983), Epoch Super Cassette Vision (1986) and Arcade (1983)

You control Mappy, a police-mouse whose job is to collect valuables (consumer electronics) from a cat's house. You are being...

NES (1989)

Mappy the mouse had a son named Happy. Happy has grown up and now wants to settle down with a...

NES (1986)

Mappy the mouse has a girlfriend named Mapica. In order to please his girlfriend, Mappy goes on a mission to...

Amstrad CPC (1986)

You are a diver in the gulf of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Caribbean waters filled with sharks and other divers hides rocks,...

Marathon iPad Front Cover

Macintosh (1994) and iPad (2011)

A security guard was accompanying a group of space colonists on their trip on the huge space ship, the Marathon....

Marathon 2: Durandal Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Xbox 360 (2007) and Macintosh (1995)

Following the events of the original game, the Pfhor aliens have been defeated and the A.I. known as Durandral has...

Macintosh (1996)

It seemed that you finally escaped Durandal's grasp at the end of Marathon 2, yet for reasons unknown the rampant...

Macintosh (1997)

The seminal FPS series for the Mac gets its own deluxe package--a black box with two CDs inside. The first...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Captain C T Cobra has the task of travelling through planet Mergatron where the jewels of Ozymandias have been placed...

Marauder Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You've landed on an alien planet and penetrated the enemy base defended by armed attack robots. Your mission is to...

Marauder Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

In the game you are descending to a fortified enemy base to eliminate its power stations. The plot unfolds during...

Marbelous! iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Marbelous! is a jump-and-run game with a twist. The main character is a marble. This marble changes color to access...

Linux (2002), Windows (2002), Xbox (2005) and Macintosh (2002)

Marble Blast is an arcade action game where the player takes control of marbles. The objective of the game is...

Marble Blast Gold Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Marble Blast Gold is an extended edition of the original Marble Blast game. It adds 28 new levels, making a...

Marble Blast Mobile iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Marble Blast Mobile is an iOS version of the Marble Blast series. The game is similar to the other Marble...

Marble Blast Ultra Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Ultra is similar to the other Marble Blast releases in that the player uses first-person shooter style controls to navigate...

DOS (1994) and PC-98 (1994)

Marble, the young and innocent apprentice of magic, has always been curious about one of her master's possessions, the magic...

Marble Madness PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Game Boy (1991), Game Boy Color (1999), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1986), NES (1989), Atari ST (1986), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), Apple IIgs (1988), BlackBerry (2009), PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1991), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1984)

The idea of this arcade game is deceptively simple: Guide a marble down a path without hitting any obstacles or...

Marble Madness Construction Set ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Marble Madness involved guiding a ball through precarious levels with drops, ramps, and enemies to avoid for fear of losing...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Marble Madness Construction Set gave enthusiasts of the arcade game Marble Madness a chance to create their own layouts that...

Marble Madness / Klax Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

A compilation of the classic arcade games Klax and Marble Madness brought to the Game Boy Advance.

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