Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Moto Roader TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1989) and Wii (2007)

The action in this racing game is viewed from above and features rotational controls. There are 6 racetracks featured including...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Moto Roader II is a racing game shown in a top-down perspective. Five vehicles compete on a course with the...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Motoroader MC is, like its predecessor, an overhead racing game with car combat. Gameplay mechanics, however, are different: players can...

Amiga (1993)

Motorola Invaders 2 is a Space Invaders type game in which you are trying to save your computer from viruses....

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Motorsiege: Warriors of Primetime is a basic vehicle combat game which is controlled in the third person with customizable floating...

MotorStorm PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2006)

MotorStorm is a fast action rally type racing game.A racing festival is taking place in the desert. Here you can...

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is the sequel to the PlayStation 3 exclusive and launch title racing game MotorStorm.Set on and around...

MotorStorm: RC PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

MotorStorm: RC is the fifth game in the racing series. This entry does away with the large off-road vehicles and...

Motos ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Sharp X68000 (1989) and Arcade (1985)

In this game, you control a bumper car, and the object is to bump your opponents off the gameboard while...

Moto X Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Riding a dirt bike you must complete the stages within a time limit. There are 5 skills sections on tough...

TurboGrafx CD (1997)

Motteke Tamago was included in the second volume of the Super PC Engine Fan Deluxe magazine. It is an action...

Mountain Bike Racer ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and MSX (1990)

This budget game is essentially Kikstart without the engines. It's viewed from the side, with 12 courses to complete within...

Mountain King Atari 5200 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 2600 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

Deep within a multi platformed diamond mine is a valuable crown. Your goal is to locate and retrieve the crown,...

Mount&Blade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Mount&Blade is an open-ended, nonlinear game focused on realistic medieval warfare that combines RPG elements with strategy management, exploration of...

Mount & Blade: Warband Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Although Mount&Blade: Warband is called a stand-alone expansion pack to Mount&Blade, it is more of an enhanced remake of the...

Mount & Blade: Warband - Napoleonic Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Napoleonic Wars is a multiplayer downloadable content (DLC) expansion for Mount & Blade: Warband, featuring the five Western European nations...

Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Mount&Blade: With Fire and Sword continues the saga, this time in the gunpowder age of medieval Eastern Europe.The player starts...

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Mountie Mick's Deathride is a platformer in which the player takes the role of Mountie Mick who has to stop...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Mousemaze is a very simple maze game. At the start of the game the player gives a width and length...

Mouser PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

Mouser is a maze game with an overhead view similar to Pac-Man. The object of the game is to help...

MSX (1983)

Mouser is UPL's answer to Nintendo's Donkey Kong. As the cat protagonist, you must rescue your sweetheart from a gang...

Macintosh (1984)

Mouse Stampede is a Centipede variant where the centipede has been replaced by a pack of mice. The player controls...

Mouse Trap Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1982), Intellivision (1982) and Arcade (1981)

Mouse Trap is an arcade action game similar to Pac-Man. You control a mouse in a maze; your goal is...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

This platform game challenges you to guide a mouse around a screen collecting goodies - varying from cheese to cakes...

Mouse Trap Hotel Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

In Mouse Trap Hotel the player takes control over the mouse Maxie who wants to visit his girlfriend. Unfortunately she...

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