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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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Atari 2600 (1983)

You are Commander Harrington "Harry" Crag of the starship "Endless Search". You are put into a Malagai base for repairs...

Malaika: Prehistoric Quest MSX Front Cover

MSX (2006)

One day, a young cave princess called Malaika comes back from a visit to her relatives, only to find that...

Maldita Castilla Windows Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012) and Ouya (2013)

The kingdom of Castile is cursed. Thou hath been sent forth by thy King to learn of the source of...

ExEn (2006)

Malibu Ride 2 is a game where you will participate to Powerboat races all over the world. The game is...

Malice PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

In this action-adventure platformer you play the part of Malice. Malice starts the game being resurrected by Death himself and...

Malice: 23rd Century Ultraconversion for Quake DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Malice: 23rd Century Ultraconversion for Quake is a commercial mod of Quake. While requiring a full, registered version of Quake,...

Malicious PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

A millennium ago humanity was gifted with certain divine power in order to save the world from a being of...

M: Alien Paranoia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

M: Alien Paranoia is a 3D platform game with a visual style resembling Warner Bros cartoons. M, the titular hero...

Genesis (1993)

The princess has been kidnapped by a strange creature! What to do? Grab a mallet and bash heads in until...

Commodore 64 (1985)

In this game, players need to protect three llamas from being killed by alien invaders. To help them, a "killdroid"...

Mambo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Mambo, the most intrepid secret agent of the galaxy, has to fulfill a dangerous mission: entering into an enemy base...

Genesis (1991)

Mamono Hunter Yōko: Dai 7 no Keishō is based on the anime series Devil Hunter Yohko. The anime tells the...

Mamono na Yūsha to Nazo no Iseki Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Mamono na Yūsha to Nazo no Iseki (Monster Hero and the Mysterious Ruins) is an action platform game starring a...

Windows (1999)

In this little game your job is to collect the falling trash with your bin, which you move with your...

Manchester United Premier League Champions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

After Manchester United won the English League championship for the first time since 1967, it was no surprise that Krisalis...

Mandroid Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Chris Auker has stolen the Mandroid files and fled to Cove 4 in an effort to contact criminal mastermind, Max....

MSX (1984)

In this platform game your goal is to reach the bottom right of the screen where the exit to the...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Mama Mia! That's a lots a pasta!Mama brings pasta to the table. You must either eat the pasta, toss it...

Manhattan Chase Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Manhattan Chase is in the tradition of GTA series and Driver, but while in those you were confined to only...

Manhole-e Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This Game Boy Advance e-Reader adaptation of a classic Nintendo "game and watch" has the player closing open manholes in...

Manhunt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2004) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Manhunt casts you as James Earl Cash, a prisoner on death row. You are led down a corridor where you...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Man Hunt is an arcade game for the Spectrum where the objective is to survive long enough to accumulate a...

Manhunt 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007) and Wii (2007)

Manhunt 2 does not build upon the story and events of the first game. Instead, the same game mechanics are...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

Maniax is a Qix variant. The basic playing principle: the player controls a dot which can draw lines on the...

Manic Miner Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1998), Game Boy Advance (2002), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Dragon 32/64 (1984), iPhone (2010), BBC Micro (1984), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2012), bada (2011), Oric (1985), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1985)

You play the role of Miner Willy, a bold explorer and adventurer. He discovers a network of underground caverns used...

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