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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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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...

Meikyū Jiin Dababa NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Somewhere in India, there live thousands upon thousands of monks. One of them, in particular, is seemingly enjoying the most...

Windows (2006)

Meisterjäger: Winteredition is a Moorhuhn variant where the player kills rabbits, birds and deers in a limited time. Every shot...

Atari 2600 (2007)

The player is a treasure hunter exploring a maze. But the walls are shifting. The player might be trapped until...

Melker: The Elk Hunt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Moose on the Loose is a single player arcade game.Melker the elk has fallen asleep and as a result he...

Meltdown Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1990)

Meltdown is an arcade action game similar to Reactor. On the screen you will see a representation of a nuclear...

Windows (2002)

The events of this game take place one year after those described in Tsukihime, continuing to focus on the series'...

Melty Blood: Act Cadenza PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009)

Melty Blood: Act Cadenza is a version of Melty Blood based on the arcade conversion of the same name. The...

Windows (2007)

Melty Blood: Act Cadenza Ver.B is a 2D fighting game. It is the Windows conversion of the arcade game of...

Windows (2004)

Melty Blood: Re-ACT is an expansion pack to Melty Blood. It adds an Arcade Mode, which continues the plot of...

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...

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