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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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Mission Cobra NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

As commander of a fast and powerful helicopter, you must fight your way through waves of enemy aircraft and destroy...

DOS (1998)

Mission Cobra 98 is a single player, side scrolling, freeware shooter which plays like Defender only without the rescuing people...

Mission Elevator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

A bomb has been set by terrorists to blow up a sky-scraping hotel in which the FBI’s Central Intelligence Unit...

Apple II (1982)

Mission: Escape! is a Lunar Lander clone and has ten levels. The player has to land a space ship on...

Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Your mission is to fly over the Bad Star Empire in your star fighter and destroy as much of their...

Browser (2007)

With Australia in one of the worst droughts in history, it is putting a toll on the water catchments. Much...

Mission: Impossible PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Tie-in of the popular movie Mission: Impossible, this is a third-person action stealth game with 24 levels. Playing the secret...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Tie-in of Brian De Palma's popular movie "Mission: Impossible", a side-scrolling action/adventure. Playing the secret agent Ethan Hunt, the player...

Mission: Impossible NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to rescue Dr. O and Shannon from the grubby clutches of...

Mission: Impossible 3 J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The mobile platform is the only one to have a game based on the third Mission: Impossible film. It is...

Mission: Impossible - Operation Surma PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2004)

Operation Surma is a stealth action game that puts the player in the role of the top-secret government agent Ethan...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Take on the role of Ethan Hunt, as you accept your mission. Surma Corporation is attempting world domination and it...

Mission Impossible / Programmed Trip Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (2006)

Two titles are available in this cart: Mission Impossible is an action game. The player must protect a cargo ship...

Browser (2006)

Mission in Snowdriftland is a platform game developed by German based software company Extra Toxic and published by Nintendo of...

Browser (2003)

In Mission Mars the player controls a space ship that needs to drop bombs on all the columns in order...

Mission on Thunderhead Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1986) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

From the author of Maxwell Manor, Mission on Thunderhead is an action game with a science-fiction theme. Thunderhead is a...

Atari 8-bit (1991)

Mission Shark is a platform game where a covert agent is trying to find four canisters within an enemy base....

The Mission PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

The Mission’, offers gamers the opportunity to play as some of the greatest footballers in the world. The aim of...

Mission X Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1983)

Mission X is a vertically scrolling shooter played from a top down point of view.You are pilot of a World...

Atari ST (1993)

Mission X is a vertically scrolling shooter in which you pilot an air plane.The game features four levels with lots...

Mission Zircon Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Mission Zircon is a side scrolling shoot 'em up game. Princess Cirzona is due to be married but the grand...

Arcade (1996)

Adult Qix variant with a twist. The game plays by the rules very similar to earlier Gals Panic!. The player...

Mister Mosquito PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Mister Mosquito is one of the first games from Eidos' FreshGames group, which brings Japanese games to the North American...

Mister Quizz et la Malédiction du Manoir  Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Up to four players take part in a game show hosted by "Mister Quizz", a rather baffled and unorganized guy,...

NES (1992)

Mitsume ga Tooru (translates to The Three-Eyed One) is based on the manga and anime of the same name. You...

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