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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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Magnetron  Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Magnetron was a follow-up to Quazatron.Robot KLP-2 returned to destroy a series of space stations around the planet Quartech. This...

Magnus & Myggen: Hold da helt ferie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Magnus & Myggen: Hold da helt ferie is a collection of games aimed at children ages five to twelve. It's...

Magrunner: Dark Pulse Windows Front Cover

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

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a first-person puzzle game set in 2050. The player takes the role of Dax, an elite...

FM Towns (1995), Sharp X68000 (1994) and Arcade (1993)

The goblin empire became more powerful than ever thanks to the charismatic king Gobligan, a human who united goblins under...

Mahō Tsukai Kurohime PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The black-clad Kurohime was once a powerful, beautiful "magic gunner", wielding the greatest ability and power in the world...but she...

Mail Order Monsters Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Build your own monster and send it to fight against other monsters. You can choose between 12 different monster types...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

The objective in Mailstrom is to collect sacks of letters from post boxes and take them to the mail depot...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Mail Trail is a top view single screen game where you have to deliver mail to a house within 28...

Main Frame Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

The worlds greatest computer, TriComplex III, has decided that people are a bug in his program. In order to fix...

Browser (2014)

In the days following repeated system-wide public transportation shutdowns, a construction worker named Mack snaps, going on a killing spree...

Windows (2002)

Majewelune World is a freeware 2D fighting game made by the Japanese coder Retsuzan. Rules are easy - players choose...

DOS (1990)

For fans of Kroz and ZZT comes a textmode dungeon romp even busier and more abstract! You play a wizard...

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The once fruitful and glorious kingdom of Q'markaj has been overthrown by darkness. It has influenced all the five powerful...

Majokko Daisakusen: Little witching mischiefs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Majokko Daisakusen is a turn-based strategy game with action-style battles featuring characters from several famous magical girl anime series from...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

After all the Berks were destroyed in Berks, the creator Major Blink has decided to become a painter to make...

Major Bronx Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Major Bronx is a puzzle game. As a secret agent the player aims to get the secret plans and blow...

Arcade (1983)

You are Major Havoc, a clone and leader of a band of clones. "All from one, one from all, fighting...

PC-98 (1989)

Majoriko was just an ordinary teenage school girl, but her friendship with Sawansa, the daughter of a well-known witch, eventually...

TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1986) and Sinclair QL (1986)

Major Istar: Under the Doomed Sea is a text adventure set in the future where in the beginning of the...

Major Mayhem Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1987)

You are Major Mayhem, an astronaut whose job is to clean up Mars of deadly alien spiders before Earth begins...

Major Mayhem Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Major Mayhem is 3D rail-shooter with cartoon graphics and a cover system similar to the Time Crisis games. It is...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1986)

In Major Motion, The Draconian League have taken over the roads and made them dangerous for ordinary road users. You...

Major Stryker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Major Stryker is another of Apogee's attempts to make a commercial-level shareware game. It's a rather typical shoot-'em-up vertical scroller...

SNES (1995)

Abel's daughter has been kidnapped by his former friend, Bayer. Bayer has sold his soul to the devil, and sacrificed...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989) and Wii (2007)

The story of this game is loosely based on the 19th century Japanese epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden ("Tale of...

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