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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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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...

Mercenary: Escape from Targ - The Second City Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Mercenary: The Second City is an expansion disk for Mercenary, which features the same gameplay and controls.Following the successes over...

Mercs Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1990)

Mercs is a shoot 'em up influenced by Ikari Warriors. You are an anti-terrorism soldier, and must rescue a former...

Commodore 64 (1985)

A few evil spirits hate the Wizard Merlin and want him dead so have combined forces to attack and kill...

Merlin's Magic Break Out Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Here comes Merlin as the main character of a Breakout variant !As the only one able to bring peace back...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

In Mermaid Madness the player takes the role of the weighty mermaid Myrtle who finally, after 112 years, found the...

Windows (2006)

Created for the Daily Click grid-based X-mas game competition, Merry Gear Sol!d: Secret Santa is a humourous freeware holiday take...

Browser (2009)

Merubiiusu is a short, Japanese 2D-sidescrolling shooter starring a winged creature. It has all the classic shoot-em-up elements and contains...

Messiah Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

As science progressed, humans began conducting daring experiments, defying the laws of creation. Their leader, called Father Prime, has concocted...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Your land has been invaded by the evil Kremins and with their magic turned all your friends and family into...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and VIC-20 (1983)

The Metallamas and Zzyaxians are at war with each other with the Zzyaxians attempting to overtake the Metallama's galaxy. The...

Metal Arms: Glitch in the System PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Metal Arms: Glitch In the System is an original (non-licensed) title from Swingin' Ape Studios and Sierra.You will play Glitch,...

Metal Army ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1988)

General Ironside's Metal Army of thuggish louts has invaded a nuclear power station in Slough and are threatening to blow...

Arcade (1985)

Metal Clash is a very non-typical 2D fighting game set in a futuristic universe. The player controls a giant flying...

SNES (1993)

Following the events of Battle Clash, the Battle Game Chiefs had been defeated. But the world did not return to...

Metal Drift Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Metal Drift is a futuristic sports game where players take control of hover tanks that are used to carry a...

Metal Dust Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2005)

Metal Dust is a shoot 'em up in which one or two players simultaneously can take on the mission choosing...

Genesis (1993)

Metal Fangs is a unique futuristic battle driving game, where the player controls a team of racers and must attempt...

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