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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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Amiga (1993)

Minerunner is a Lode Runner clone for up to four players. You (and friends) run around with a very small...

Miner Wars 2081 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Miner Wars 2081 is a 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) first-person action game with movement similar to games such as...

Miner Wars Arena Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Miner Wars Arena is a fast-paced shooter inspired by Tunneler and also draws elements from Liero. The story sets it...

Mine Shaft PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983) and Apple II (1983)

It's business as usual down at the gemstone mines... or at least it was, until your trusty mining robots started...

Mines of Minos Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You are the last mining robot on the Minos mine. Monsters have destroyed all your comrades.As the last robot, you...

Vectrex (1982)

An alien force is laying mines through out the intergalactic lanes of travel! You are going to destroy those mines...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Minidash is a Boulder Dash clone created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in the...

Minigore iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009) and iPad (2010)

John Gore, for reasons not adequately explored, is trapped in a dangerous area ("Hardland") and appears to be a minifig...

Mini Monster Smash iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2011)

Mini Monster Smash has the player smashing a monster as far as they can with a flyswatter. Players swipe their...

Mini Ninjas Windows Front Cover Reverse

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2010), PlayStation 3 (2009), Wii (2009) and Browser (2012)

An ancient samurai warlord returns and raises a new demonic army to subdue the world. But instead of hiring unreliable...

Mini Ninjas Adventures Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Mini Ninjas Adventures is a spin-off from Mini Ninjas designed entirely for the Kinect motion controls. It has a visual...

Amiga (1993)

A Pacman clone that runs in a small window on the Amiga Workbench. Through its use of hardware sprites, it...

MiniSquadron PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2010), Windows Phone (2011), webOS (2010) and Ouya (2013)

MiniSquadron is a side scrolling shooter where the player takes control of a tiny little plane in dogfights against wave...

MinoMonsters iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2012)

This animation-heavy monster-training game owes more than a little to Pokemon. Players will be grinding away trying to train up...

Minority Report: Everybody Runs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Based on the movie of the same name. You play John Anderton, the head of Pre-Crime. The game is a...

Minotaur China Shop Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Moving on from dinosaurs, in this title Flashbang tells the story of a minotaur who opened a china shop. One...

Minubeat Browser Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Browser (2008)

Minubeat is a cross between a shoot-em-up and a rhythm game. The player controls a spaceship, armed with a rapid-fire...

Windows (2008)

Minus is a short game developed for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. The player controls a small character that needs...

Browser (2009)

Minutemen is a 2d side-scrolling brawler designed as a tie-in with the 2009 Watchmen movie based on the comic book...

Minute to Win It Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

The game show Minute to Win It challenges contestants to complete unusual tasks using common items within 60 seconds. For...

SNES (1993)

Without warning Tomomi, Mikage and their friends are warped into a strange fantasy land. Now it's up to them to...

PlayStation (2003) and PS Vita (2012)

In Miracle Space Race you choose from one of eight different characters to try to win one of three available...

Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord SEGA Master System Front Cover

NES (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), MSX (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

In Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord, you have been asked to recover the Golden Seal which is being...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Mirage is a student project for the Futuregames Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Set in a mysterious fantasy world, the player...

DOS (1993)

Mirage Thunder is a top-down vertical scrolling shooter in which player controls a spaceship that flies through complex formations of...

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