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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Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Meteorites is a variant of Missile Command. The player controls a targeting reticule on the screen and must destroy incoming...

DOS (1995)

Looks like someone has gone and abandoned some poor astronauts on a desolate planet again. It's your job to swoop...

BBC Micro (1984)

Meteor Mission is a Lunar Rescue variant. The player controls an emergency space capsule which has be to be used...

TRS-80 (1980)

Meteor Mission is an arcade action game for two players. Unlike its sequel it is not a variant of Lunar...

TRS-80 (1981)

Meteor Mission 2 is unlike its predecessor a Lunar Rescue variant. The player controls a shuttle that has to be...

DOS (1989)

The player, flying a scout ship in space, is asked to rescue survivors from a space station caught in a...

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Meteor Storm is an Asteroids style game.The story behind the game has the player, a member of the Falurian Empire,...

ZX81 (1982)

You control a base on the bottom off the screen moving left or right, and you have to blast or...

Metro 2033 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

In the year 2013 almost all of humanity was wiped out as a result of a devastating war, and Earth's...

Metro 2033 (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

The Special Edition includes: Metro 2033 Artyom's wristwatch in the official Metro 2033-design Previously unreleased short novel "Before and After"...

Metro Cross NES Front Cover

NES (1986), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1985)

Simple side-scrolling game, where you play a skater who has to pass a set of obstacles in order to reach...

Metroid Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1987)

In the future, the Galactic Federation and the pirates of planet Zebes are at war. Pirates have stolen an unknown...

Metroid Fusion Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Wii U (2014)

Metroid Fusion is the direct sequel to 1994's Super Metroid. The game begins as Samus Aran is sent back to...

Metroid II: Return of Samus Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This is the sequel to the very popular Metroid for the NES. In Metroid 2, you control Samus Aran in...

Metroid: Other M Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Metoid: Other M follows recent console releases of Metroid games by being developed, like the Metroid Prime trilogy, by a...

Metroid Prime GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002) and Wii (2009)

Long ago, a bird-like race of creatures (called the Chozo) became extremely advanced technologically, but due to increasing violence in...

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004) and Wii (2009)

A long time ago a race of beings called the Luminoth settled the planet Aether. They built energy controllers to...

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

In the third and final outing of the Metroid Prime series, bounty hunter Samus Aran is contacted by the Galactic...

Metroid Prime: Hunters Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

An episode in the Metroid Prime series which started on the GameCube, this game takes place between Metroid Prime and...

Metroid Prime: Hunters - First Hunt Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Metroid Prime Hunters: First Hunt is the demo version of the regular Nintendo DS title Metroid Prime: Hunters. This version...

Metroid Prime Pinball Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

In this pinball game based on Metroid Prime, Samus gets knocked and rolled around the table in Morph Ball form;...

Metroid Prime Trilogy Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

This is a compilation of the three games of the Metroid Prime Series . The first two titles are now...

Metroid: Zero Mission Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Pirates have stolen an unknown life-form, recently discovered on the planet SR388. The life-form, called Metroid, is in a state...

Metro: Last Light Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

After Moscow was devastated by a nuclear war, the few survivors escaped the radioactive surface and found refuge in the...

Metro: Last Light - Faction Pack Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Faction Pack is the third downloadable content (DLC) for Metro: Last Light and the first of four included in Metro:...

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