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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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Master Levels for DOOM II DOS Front Cover

Linux (1995), DOS (1995) and Windows (2007)

Compiled by iD Software in response to various commercial Doom wad collections like D!Zone, the Master Levels for DOOM II...

Master Miner PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

The player must grab as many gems they can before the Communist pirates steal them.

Master Ninja: Shadow Warrior of Death DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1988) and Commodore 64 (1986)

Defend your country from the evil forces of Sanjo in Paragon's first commercial game, Master Ninja. This is a traditional...

Master of Darkness SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Master of Darkness is a platformer very similar to Castlevania.You play as a psychologist trying to defeat Dracula. This requires...

Master of Magic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Thelric the Wizard has kidnapped you by beaming you into his world, and will only set you free if you...

Master of the Lamps Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Master of the Lamps casts you as an Eastern prince hoping to become King. There are two distinct gameplay sections,...

Genesis (1991)

The "7-Day War" -- seven days of nuclear winter -- have caused massive ecological shifts on Earth. The ground splits...

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1993)

In the year 20XX, a U.F.O. lands in the area around Megalo City. A team is sent to investigate, but...

Masters of the Universe: He-Man: Defender of Grayskull PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Skeletor never managed to defeat He-Man or conquer the land of Eternia in all those cartoon episodes, but he's not...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Based off the updated cartoon of the popular '80's toy, Masters of the Universe - He-Man: Power of Greyskull puts...

Masters of the Universe: The Arcade Game Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

In a spin-off from one the most popular cartoon franchises of the day, the evil Skeletor has captured the magic-giving...

Masters of the Universe: The Movie Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Cosmic Key has fallen through time and space and landed on Earth. Find it before Skeletor does or Eternia...

Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man Intellivision Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983) and Intellivision (1983)

In Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man, control He-Man as he battles Skeletor in two different types of...

The Master ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Jasper is watching a horror movie after a hard day's grave-digging, when he falls asleep and is transported into the...

MasterType VIC-20 Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1983) and Macintosh (1984)

MasterType is an educational game that teaches the player how to type with the keyboard. In the game the MasterType...

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Maszyna Czasu is a platform shooter. The aim of the player is to find the designated number of screws, floppy...

Mata Hari Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Super spy Mata Hari (also known as an exotic/erotic dancer and courtesan) has just entered the embassy, where the double...

MatchBox Caterpillar Construction Zone Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

You are at the controls of 6 unique Caterpillar construction machines, accomplishing a variety of tasks around 10 different construction...

Match Day II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

The original Match Day was the first serious football game to hit the Spectrum, and this sequel emerged over 2...

Match Fast: 2 Player Game Android Front Cover

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

Match Fast: 2 Player Game is a matching game based on reflexes for two to four players on a single...

DOS (1996)

Math Assault II: Fractions is a shareware, educational game that teaches fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and percentages to grades 4...

DOS (1997)

Math Assault I: Word Problems is a one or two player, shareware, educational title for grade levels 2 - 7....

Math Maze PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

As a fly trapped in a maze, you run through the passageways, picking up the numbers that answer the math...

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Mat "The Condor" Hoffman and nine other world-class Pro BMX riders feature in this entry to the BMX racing series....

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Mat "The Condor" Hoffman and nine other world-class Pro BMX riders feature in this entry to the BMX racing series....

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