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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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Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

After all the Berks were destroyed in Berks, the creator Major Blink has decided to become a painter to make...

Major Bronx Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Major Bronx is a puzzle game. As a secret agent the player aims to get the secret plans and blow...

Arcade (1983)

You are Major Havoc, a clone and leader of a band of clones. "All from one, one from all, fighting...

PC-98 (1989)

Majoriko was just an ordinary teenage school girl, but her friendship with Sawansa, the daughter of a well-known witch, eventually...

TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1986) and Sinclair QL (1986)

Major Istar: Under the Doomed Sea is a text adventure set in the future where in the beginning of the...

Major Mayhem Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1987)

You are Major Mayhem, an astronaut whose job is to clean up Mars of deadly alien spiders before Earth begins...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1986)

In Major Motion, The Draconian League have taken over the roads and made them dangerous for ordinary road users. You...

Major Stryker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Major Stryker is another of Apogee's attempts to make a commercial-level shareware game. It's a rather typical shoot-'em-up vertical scroller...

SNES (1995)

Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

The story of this game is loosely based on the 19th century Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden ("Tale of...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Makai Prince Dorabocchan is a platformer in which the player takes control over the son of a mighty vampire. Unfortunately...

Make My Video: INXS SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992)

Make My Video: INXS is a video game based on real-time editing of music video footage. The setup is that...

Make My Video: Kris Kross SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992)

Make My Video: Kris Kross is a video game based on real-time editing of music video footage. The setup is...

Make My Video: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992)

Make My Video: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch is a video game based on real-time editing of music video...

Maken Shao: Demon Sword PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Maken Shao is an enhanced remake of the "first-person slasher" Maken X.In the near future, USA and China are the...

Maken X Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Maken X is a sword - a "Soul Sword" that possesses a unique ability called brainjacking. It can take over...

Makeruna! Makendō 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SNES (1995)

The Ghost Prime Minister is holding a fighting tournament, and 14-year-old Hikari Tsurugino, the second Mighty Makendo, must face off...

Arcade (1981)

Make Trax is an action game that draws similarities with Pac-Man. The player controls a paintbrush which is shown from...

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...

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