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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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Mick & Mack as the Global Gladiators Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Global Gladiators is a platform game licensed from fast food chain McDonalds. While playing through the game's 12 levels you'll...

Microball Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

A pinball game for up to four players. The game features one simple pinball table. Lighting up the letters ABC...

Amiga (1990)

This is a collection of two not separately released games: Microbattle is a game for two players. Each one controls...

Microcosm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SEGA CD (1993), 3DO (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and FM Towns (1993)

In the year 2051, two mega corporations battle it out for supremacy over an overcrowded, overpolluted planet. CyberTech Industries, the...

DOS (1994)

This collector's edition includes: Microcosm Psygnotic Soundtrax Vol.1 Audio CD Microcosm T-Shirt

Windows (2013)

Micro Dude is a fast paced platforming game set to some truly groovy music. Armed with a digitized grappling hook...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Microjump a character will bounce around the floor in parabolic paths. Each jump has a different height, distance, and...

Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Game Boy (1994), SNES (1995), Genesis (1994) and Game Gear (1995)

Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament is the second game in the Micro Machines series. Like its predecessor, it puts the...

Micro Machines: Military Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1996)

This entry in the Micro Machines series flirts with a military theme. Using a top-down view, you race on different...

Micro Machines: Turbo Tournament 96 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Micro Machines: Turbo Tournament 96 is a sequel to Micro Machines 2 and although the gameplay and the typical top-down...

Micro Machines V3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Micro Machines are now able to explore the third dimension. Gameplay still stays the same, but the whole new graphics...

Micro Machines V4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and PSP (2006)

After over 9 years of waiting, Micro Machines V4 is the first true new game in the Micro Machines series...

Windows 3.x (1993)

You are MicroMan, stuck inside a computer. You must run, jump, and shoot your way out. Along the way are...

MicroMan Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

MicroMan is a platform game. The action takes place on a planet named Galaxia. The player controls a robot who...

Micro Maniacs Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Micro Maniacs Racing is a racing game in the Micro Machines series. This time however, you don't get to race...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1984)

Micro Mouse Goes De-bugging is an action set inside a computer program. Software bugs are trying to destroy Micro Mouse's...

Micron Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Micron is a hybrid puzzle and rhythm game featuring retro style graphics and sound. It tasks the player with guiding...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Micronaut One is an action game using 3D vector graphics, where the player races through tunnels.The player is a robot...

Micro Olympics Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Eleven Track 'N' Field style events are recreated in this joystick-waggling based game. Five are simple running events of different...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

Microshaft Winblows 98 is a spoof on the Microsoft Windows 98 operating system. It is a collection of small games...

Microsoft Action Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Compilation of several Microsoft published titles. Includes: Metal Gear Solid Crimson Skies Starlancer

Microsoft Arcade Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1994)

The following games are included in this package: Asteroids Battlezone Centipede Missile Command Tempest The help files for each game...

DOS (1989)

Certain versions of the Microsoft Mouse driver for DOS came bundled with a game called Boa (included alongside such utilities...

Microsoft Pinball Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Take a trip down memory lane with accurate simulations of seven pinball tables made by the Gottlieb pinball company: Baffle...

Windows (1995)

Microsoft Plus! is an add-on for Microsoft Windows 95. It includes various additional desktop themes for Windows including new screen...

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