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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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Mars Matrix Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (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...

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Marsport is the first (and ultimately only) game in an unfinished trilogy set in the 25th century. Humanity is at...

Acorn 32-bit (1997)

Marsquake is a sequel to Moonquake and like its predecessor it's a variant of Bomberman. The player takes the role...

Macintosh (1998)

The Terran's military bases in the Martian realm have been attacked, and Deimos was the only area not to be...

Mars Taxi Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A clone of the classic Space Taxi game: As an operator of a taxi on Mars, your job is to...

Marsupilami Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the character developed by Belgian cartoon artist Franquin, this platform features the player controlling Marsupilami, a strange animal...

Martial Arts: Capoeira Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Martial Arts: Capoeira is a game that combines the "capoeira" fighting style with RPG elements, like endurance, stamina, strength and...

TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Arcade (1993)

Martial Champion is a versus fighting game similar in concept to Street Fighter II. There are ten characters to choose...

Martian Gothic: Unification Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2001)

It's the year 2017. The planet Earth sets up a research station, Vita Base, on Mars with the mission to...

Martian Panic Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Martian Panic is a rail-shooter for 1 to 4 players where your goal is to stop a Martian invasion. The...

BBC Micro (1982) and Atom (1981)

Martians is an action game with some similarities to Avalanche and Kaboom!. The player has to prevent aliens from landing...

Odyssey 2 (2008)

Martians are attacking the Earth and planning to destroy all life in it. A Martian space ship is orbiting the...

Maru Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Maru is a platformer by Jesse Venbrux partly based on the mechanics previously explored in his title Frozzd. It consists...

Maru's Mission Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

One day while Maru and Cori are taking a walk in Central Park, a strange thing happens. Out of nowhere...

Marvel Comics Spider-Man: The Sinister Six DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Marvel Comics Spider-Man: The Sinister Six features the wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man, trying to defeat six of his arch-enemies, The Sinister...

Marvel Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Marvel Heroes is a persistent universe role-playing game set in the Marvel superhero universe. Dr. Doom, the main opponent of...

Marvel Land Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991) and Arcade (1990)

In the land of Coni, its inhabitants lived in harmony. At its center lies a mountain called "Peace", in which...

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005), GameCube (2005), Nintendo DS (2005) and PSP (2005)

When New York City is attacked by aliens, the greatest heroes (and villains) in the Marvel Universe confront them. Marvel...

Marvel Pinball Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Marvel Pinball is a collection of four pinball tables based on heroes of the Marvel universe. It is a stand-alone...

Marvel Super Heroes PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1995)

Marvel Super Heroes is a 2D fighting game and the second Capcom title to feature characters from the Marvel comic...

Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996)

Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems is a side-scrolling platformer/beat 'em up based on the Infinity Gauntlet storyline...

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), SEGA Saturn (1998) and Arcade (1997)

Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter is a 2D fighting game and the first to combine characters from Capcom's Street...

Marvel Super Hero Squad PSP Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), PSP (2009) and Wii (2009)

Marvel Super Hero Squad is an action beat-em-up game for one to four players that is based on the animated...

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

Marvel Super Hero Squad Online is a browser-based MMO in which players control characters from the Marvel Universe. Players can...

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