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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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Memorabilia: Mia's Mysterious Memory Machine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

After moving to the small village of Berryside Mews and purchasing an old abandoned farmhouse, Mia discovers an ancient machine...

Memory Game iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and bada (2012)

This game presents the classic game of Memory, played on a board of 5x5 squares. It is playable only online....

DOS (1988)

A variation on Pac-Man born of the fact that, after all, 640 KB of RAM is not necessarily enough for...

Me & My Katamari PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

The King of All Cosmos, The Queen, and The Prince have decided to take a holiday. However, a huge tidal...

Menace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Six ruthless dictators have collaborated to create the planet Draconia, which contains some of the most gruesome and harmful life-forms...

NES (1990)

In Menace Beach, the player is a random guy whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by Demon Dan on her way...

Menacer 6-Game Cartridge Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Menacer 6-Game Cartridge was released as a pack-in cartridge for the Menacer light gun. It is a compilation of six...

VIC-20 (1982)

Menagerie is a clone of the game Frogger, with an original theme however. You play a flea whose goal is...

Mendel Palace NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

In Mendel Palace, you are Bun-Bun and you have to rescue your girlfriend Candy, who has fallen asleep and is...

Men in Black: Alien Assault J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2008)

Men in Black: Alien Assault is a top down action game for mobile phones based on the movie by Columbia...

Men in Black II: Alien Escape PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The Men in Black take on the baddest alien scum to save the Earth once again. An alien prison ship...

Symbian (2003)

A prison transport ship drops on top of a shopping mall, and the aliens get loose. You need to chase...

Men in Black: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1998)

Licensed to Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.In the game You follow the main plot of the blockbuster movie. As honest policeman...

Game Boy Color (1998)

Men in Black: The Series is based on the 1997 film and subsequent cartoon series.Evil alien races are infiltrating New...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Evil aliens, agent clones and monstrous bosses; just another day in the life of the MIBs. This sequel to the...

Men in Black: The Series - Crashdown PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Men in Black: Crashdown is a first-person shooter based on the Men in Black animated series and aimed at younger...

Men of Valor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Xbox (2004)

The creators of the original Medal of Honor take you back to explore the time of the Vietnam war. Playing...

Men on the Flying Trapeze Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

This enhanced remake of the Amazing Flying Brothers adds a third, higher, trapeze and a second (human) player with whom...

Mental Blocks Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Mental Blocks consists of three games:Free Fall, or Fits and Pieces, is a 3D version of Tetris. Instead of forming...

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

This release of Mercenaries 2: World in Flames differs from the other versions in several significant aspects. As opposed to...

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

A Venezuelan billionaire named Ramon Solano hires a mercenary to rescue general Carlos Carmona, who attempted a coup d’état and...

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Mercenaries 2: World Nearly in Flames is a side-scrolling flash game, made to promote the Mercenaries 2 console games. In...

Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

During the last years of his reign, the North Korean president Choi Kim attempted a reconciliation with the country's southern...

Mercenary Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Due to an engine malfunction, your spaceship crashes on the planet Targ. Unlike your trusty vessel, you survive the crash...

Mercenary: Compendium Edition Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A compilation of Paul Woakes's 3D exploration and flight game, and the Second City expansion pack. For some systems this...

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