How do you play retro games?

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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Mega Man Zero Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

It is the year 22XX...The legendary heroes of the Reploids, X and Zero, defeated the evil Sigma long ago, and...

Mega Man Zero 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

A year after the events in Mega Man Zero, the hero finds himself in another battle to save the world....

Mega Man Zero 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

In the third installment of Capcom's Mega Man Zero series, you, unsurprisingly, play as Zero. Continuing where the Mega Man...

Mega Man Zero 4 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

You play as Zero again in this fourth installment of the Megaman Zero series, you will have to fight against...

Mega Man Zero Collection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Mega Man Zero Collection is a set of all four games in the Mega Man Zero series on a single...

Mega Man ZX Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Many years after the events in the Mega Man Zero series, humans and Reploids (humanoid robots) have at last found...

Mega Man ZX Advent Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Grey was a Reploid found in a hidden factory in suspended animation, accidentally awakened during battle. Ashe was a human...

Megamind: The Blue Defender PSP Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010) and PSP (2010)

Megamind: The Blue Defender, is a 3D character action game with additional elements of exploration, puzzle solving and ability collecting/swapping....

Megamind: Ultimate Showdown Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Picking up right after the events of the movie, Megamind: Ultimate Showdown allows players to take up the role of...

FM Towns (1994)

In the future, remains of a mysterious, highly advanced ancient civilization were discovered in a cave on a deserted planet....

Meganova Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Hi, my name is Philip Sunset, but my friends call me "long hands" and my office is one of the...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Mega-Pack is a compilation containing the following four games: Eye of Horus Time Fighter Metaplex StarRay

Genesis (1990)

Megapanel is a tile-based puzzle game that plays like a mixture of Tetris Attack and a traditional sliding tile puzzle....

DOS (1992)

This straight-forward Centipede clone uses ASCII graphics in its presentation. You are able to move your base up, down, left,...

DOS (1993)

In this clone of Centipede, the player controls a spaceship, which can move freely in the bottom third of the...

Mega Phoenix DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Mega Phoenix brings the concept of the earlier arcade game Phoenix into the 90s, to the extent that a coin-op...

MegaPinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

MegaPinball offers high-speed pinball action, with full detailed graphics and sounds. There are three tables - Monster's Rhapsody, Dragon Cave...

Megaplex Madness: Now Playing iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2010), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2011)

You receive an opportunity to buy a run-down cinema. Can you make it turn a profit, clean it up and...

MegaRace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SEGA CD (1994) and 3DO (1994)

Virtual Television has given us a chance to do the things that we can't make real in everyday life: Race...

MegaRace: MR3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

It's a futuristic, real-time 3D world on a microscopic scale, filled with cataclysms and catastrophes. Grab the controls of your...

Megaspectre FM Towns Front Cover

FM Towns (1993)

Megaspectre is a Battlezone-influenced 3D tank combat game set in a cyberpunk environment. It is a straightforward tank battle game...

Mega Sports DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Mega Sports compiles some of Epyx's multiple-event sports games from the 80s. Some of these titles were converted to some...

Megatudo 2096 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

It is the year 2096, and the Megatudo Grand Prix is on! 12 pilots from 12 manufacturers, each with their...

Amiga (1996)

Mega Typhoon is a vertically scrolling shooter. As usual, the player takes control over a space ship with the goal...

Megumi Rescue SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Megumi Rescue lets you control a rescue party of three to save people from a burning building. The group consists...

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