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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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Arcade (1979)

Monkey Magic is a Nintendo arcade game similar to Breakout. The goal is to use your paddle and a bouncing...

Monkeyshines! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1981)

In Monkeyshines! one or two players will try to tag as many monkeys as they can while avoiding being tagged...

Monkeyslide Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

Monkeys huddle in great masses above the top of the screen, hoping anxiously to get to some simian homeland beneath...

Windows (2003)

Monkeys Odyssey is an arcade game which features space ships, monkeys and bananas! It has pretty straightforward gameplay: the goal...

DOS (1996)

Monmallineun Tarokbeom tells the story of a man who crossed the street on a red light and got arrested and...

Windows (2005)

Billed as a combination of Asteroids, Robotron, and Paint Shop Pro, mono is a shooting game with a player-controlled difficulty...

DOS (1997)

Mono Space is a scrolling shoot-'em-up that fuses the play style of Gradius with the wire-frame aesthetics of Asteroids, sending...

Palm OS (2003)

Monsta is a turn based strategy game where you control the hero Joe in labyrinth-like levels. Your goal is to...

Amiga (1995)

Monster is a First Person Perspective shooter set in an alternative barbarian world created by gods. The action takes place...

Monster Attack PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Monster Attack is a third-person action shooter and the first game in the Chikyuu Boueigun / Earth Defense Force series....

Monster Bash DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Windows (2014)

The evil Count Chuck has kidnapped all the world's animals in order to turn them into soldiers in his dark...

Monster Bomber Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

The alien monsters have arrived, and it's up to you to destroy them with multicolored bombs. Create bombs on the...

Monster Business Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Monster Business is influenced by vintage platformers such as Mr. Do and Dig Dug. Bob owns a zoo, but the...

Monster Dash iPad Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Action hero Barry Steakfries is at it again, running through varied exotic environments -- the Himalayas, the Great Wall of...

Monster Fair Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Half a century ago, an alien spacecraft crashed on Earth. The UFO crew tried to repair their ship, but mankind...

Monster Force Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This baby's an isometric shooter, in the vein of Zombies Ate My Neighbors. In short - run around, hit switches,...

Monster House Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Monster House is an old-school shoot 'em up based on Columbia Pictures' animated movie of the same name. With the...

Monster Hunter PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Monster Hunter is a third-person action game set in a kind of pre-historic fantasy world. Many of the creatures you'll...

Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is the reboot of the Japanese game Monster Hunter Tri. In Monster Hunter Tri, the players...

Monster Hunter Freedom PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Monster Hunter Freedom is a port of the Japan-only Monster Hunter G, a sort of follow-up to the original Monster...

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Monster Hunter Freedom 2 is the sequel to Monster Hunter Freedom, based on the PlayStation 2 predecessor Monster Hunter 2,...

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008), iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite features over 400 quests and claims to provide 500 hours of game play. New environments, monster,...

Monster Hunter Tri Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Monster Hunter Tri is an action-RPG in which the player hunts dinosaur-like monsters. Monsters can be carved for items which...

Monster Hunter Tri (Classic Controller Pro Pack) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

This is a special edition of Monster Hunter Tri that includes:Monster Hunter Tri game Black Classic Controller ProThe Classic Controller...

Monster Hunter Tri - Limited Edition: Ultimate Hunter Pack Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

This limited edition Ultimate Hunter Pack comes in a cardboard box imitating a treasure chest and contains: Monster Hunter Tri...

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