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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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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.

Marble Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Swing is a Tetris inspired puzzle game: At the top of the screen you see two lines of eight balls...

Marble Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Marble Mayhem is a 3D puzzle platformer similar to Marble Madness or the more contemporary Switchball where the player guides...

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Contents Under Pressure is an action adventure that combines stealth and combat, as you guide urban graffiti artist Trane to...

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Limited Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover Outer Sleeve

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

The limited edition of Getting Up has the original game in a collectible tin case and includes:The soundtrackA silver pen...

Märchen Adventure Cotton 100% SNES Front Cover

PlayStation (2003) and SNES (1994)

This is the sequel to the original side-scrolling shooter Cotton, and it continues the adventures of the cute young witch...

Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1988)

Märchen Maze ("märchen" means fairy tale in German) is an isometric platform/shooter game loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in...

NES (1987)

Märchen Veil combines Märchen Veil I and Märchen Veil II into one re-designed game. The story includes both parts, evolving...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1985), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1987)

People inhabiting a world called Felix communicate with gods to divine their future. The king of the Forest Country is...

PC-98 (1986)

Märchen Veil II is the second part of the story that began in Märchen Veil I. The bereaved king of...

March! Offworld Recon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

March! Offworld Recon is a first person shooter that takes place on Mars. When contact with a military research station...

March of the Penguins Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

Based on the documentary March of the Penguins, this game follows the story of the emperor penguins as they embark...

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would be like if Mario could wield the portal gun from Valve's...

Marine Heavy Gunner: Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The year is 1967 and you are Grant, specialist Heavy Gunner of the 6th platoon US Marine Corps. Your mission...

ZX81 (1982)

Your mission is to move to the bottom of the sea to rescue sailors trapped in a stricken sub. You...

Marine Sharpshooter 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

You play as a team of a sniper and spotter to infiltrate, eliminate and investigate evil terrorist plot again the...

Windows (2008)

In modern society, war can mean business opportunity, but to that of Master Gunnery Sergeant Cole of the U.S. Marine...

Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This sequel to CTU: Marine Sharpshooter places a player-controlled sniper team in the African nation of Burundi at the potential...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are a battleship firing shells at attacking battleships and/or attacking bomber planes.The game has four scenes: fighting ships at...

Mario Andretti Racing  Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Italian-born Mario Andretti is one of the most successful racing drivers in the US scene, and five of his relatives...

Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1983)

Mario and Luigi, the best plumbers in the world, have a real job on their hands. A host of characters...

Mario Bros. in Pipe Panic Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Pipe Panic is a mixture of Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. where the player can play as either Mario or...

Mario Bros. Special PC-88 Front Cover

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Mario Bros. Special is based on, but very different from, the original arcade game. Much like the original title, the...

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