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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Lylian: Episode one - Paranoid Friendship Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Paranoid Friendship is a dark, side-scrolling game set inside a mental hospital and the first game in the Lylian series....

Camputers Lynx (1983)

Lynx Invaders is a clone of Space Invaders. Like in all other games of its kind the player controls a...

PC-88 (1987) and FM-7 (1986)

In the future, humans began to build space stations, on which special army units were always present to ensure that...

M1 Tank Platoon II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

M1 Tank Platoon 2 gives the player command of a platoon consisting of four M1A2 Abrams tanks and their crew....

Arcade (1977)

M-4 is a very simple 2D arcade shooter game, with monochrome graphics. The player controls a tank on one side...

Arcade (1977)

M-79 Ambush is a very simple arcade shooting gallery game. The player controls a gun (M-79 grenade launcher) and must...

Maabus Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

Bizarre radiation is discovered on a remote tropical island, and you are chosen to pilot an automated probe to discover...

MaBoShi's Arcade Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

MaBoShi's Arcade is a puzzle game for the Wii. There are three games, based on the shapes circle, bar, and...

MacAttack MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

This game is a ripoff of the classic arcade game Burgertime. You are a hamburger chef and you're out to...

Windows 3.x (1992)

Anti-Mac propaganda in the form of a game. You are a PC and must shoot rotten apples at the evil...

Macintosh (1985)

Originally bundled with the C Development Package for the Macintosh 128k, MacBugs! was eventually released as freeware to promote the...

Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

You play as Mace Griffin a former space ranger who after being framed and sent to prison has turned to...

Mace: The Dark Age Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997) and Arcade (1997)

Mace: The Dark Age is a 3D fighting game set in a dark fantasy setting. Players can choose between 18...

Mach 3 Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1987), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (1987)

Kill all the enemies, avoid the mines, and travel between distinct worlds to kill the evil mastermind in this behind-the-hero...

Machine Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

2041 is the year in which Earth is taken over by a force of alien robots. 2041 will also be...

Machine Hunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1997)

A classic shooter with a twist. Aliens have invaded the Martian Colonies and reprogrammed the mining robots into killers. Earth,...

Commodore 64 (1987)

An evil robot called Nektron has enslaved three planets and it's the player's job to take on the role of...

M.A.C.H.: Modified Air Combat Heroes PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

M.A.C.H.: Modified Air Combat Heroes is an air combat sim. It takes place in the year 2049. Warring governments try...

Machop at Work Game Boy Advance Front Cover Booster pack

Game Boy Advance (2001)

A full day of work for a Machop, as everyone knows, is pulverizing bouncing boulders with its bare hands. This...

Mach Rider NES Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

Mach Rider is a motorcycle combat game set in a post-apocalyptic future. Players, represented by Mach Rider, must make their...

Windows (2003)

Macky and Pentell is a "bullet hell cute-em-up" fan game with manga-like graphics. It's based on the video game Twinkle...

Arcade (1996)

Macross Plus is a 2D vertically scrolling shooter, based on the Macross anime. The player can choose one from 3...

Atari ST (1987) and Macintosh (1985)

The player is a small pilot in the regime of an evil dictator, but one day he finds an abandoned,...

Atari 2600 (1982)

M.A.D. (which stands for Missile Attack and Defense) is an arcade action game somewhat similar to Missile Command. You control...

Madagascar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

Be a part of Dreamwork's animated adventure by guiding Marty the Zebra, Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the...

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