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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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Windows 3.x (1992)

Ms. Chomp is a single-player, shareware, Ms. Pac-Man clone for Windows. As in the original game the gameplay is entirely...

DOS (1996)

MesiBamba Shel Bamba was released as part of a marketing campaign for the Israeli snack Bamba.The player is cast as...

Windows (2007) and Browser (2007)

MSOIDS is a shooter game based on the Asteroids formula. The player controls a small cannon which he can move...

Ms. Pac-Man PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Game Boy (1993), SNES (1996), Genesis (1991), Lynx (1990), NES (1990), Game Gear (1995), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1982), Apple II (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1985), VIC-20 (1983), TI-99/4A (1983), Palm OS (2004), Xbox 360 (2007), iPod Classic (2007), iPhone (2008), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2010) and Arcade (1981)

In 1982, a sequel to Pac-Man was introduced in the form of his girlfriend, Ms. Pac-Man. This sequel continued on...

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness is a combination of classic Pac-Man (or in this case, Ms. Pac-Man) action, maze exploration and...

Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In a nutshell, classic Ms. Pac-Man game play with 3-D graphics. Work your way through a series of mazes with...

Ms. Pac-Man: Special Color Edition Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Pac-Man, this game pack includes a conversion of the original Mrs. Pac-Man, with...

DOS (1995)

Ms Pac PC is an unofficial DOS conversion of Ms. Pac-Man. It follows the basic Pac-Man formula: the player moves...

Ms. Splosion Man Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2011), iPhone (2013), iPad (2013) and Windows Phone (2013)

Ms. Splosion Man is a basically the same game as 'Splosion Man with new levels and a female protagonist. The...

MSX Compilation 7 MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

Eaglesoft's last release in the MSX Compilation series contains four more games, previously released by Aackosoft and Eaglesoft. All games...

Mtp Target Linux Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2008)

Mtp Target is an online game about flying penguins for up to 16 players. The goal is to roll on...

MTV Celebrity Deathmatch Windows Front Cover

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

Based on MTV's claymation animation show Celebrity Deathmatch. You play a series of wrestling matches, much in the style of...

MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

This adaptation of the cartoon show Beavis and Butt-Head is a side-view action game with puzzle-solving elements. The goal is...

MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Beavis and Butt-Head are on the couch watching television. While flipping through the channels they come across an ad for...

Game Boy (1999)

MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head is based on the animated TV series of the same name. The plot is that the...

Game Gear (1994)

Beavis and Butt-Head want to go to a GWAR concert, but they do not have the money for the tickets....

MTV Sports: Skateboarding Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

Take control of Andy Macdonald and other famous skateboarders (total of 30) from MTV Sports as you tear through the...

MTV's Slamscape Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and PlayStation (1996)

Cyberspace is in danger again, and you've got to save it. Gameplay is reminiscent of Spectre VR; the goal is...

Mudpies Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1985)

Mudpies is an early release for the Atari ST and is best described as a single screen, overhead, arcade shooter...

M.U.D.S. - Mean Ugly Dirty Sport DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1991)

M.U.D.S. (Mean Ugly Dirty Sports) is a slightly humorous but definitely violent game in which the game itself is won...

Muff / Drutt Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

This is a compilation of two Arkanoid clones: Muff is classic Arkanoid clone. The player's task is to destroy the...

MSX (1989), PC-88 (1989), PC-98 (1989) and Sharp X68000 (1989)

Rogles, the tyrant who wanted to gain control over the three worlds in the universe, was defeated by Yuko, an...

Mugsy's Revenge ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

As in the original Mugsy this strategy game is presented in a highly visual style with lots of detailed comic-book...

M.U.L.E. PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1985), NES (1990), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), MSX (1988), PC-88 (1987) and Sharp X1 (1988)

M.U.L.E. is about four hopeful explorers trying to make a fortune on a virgin planet. This is done by producing...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Multimixx 2 is a collection of three games. Beach Head Beach Head II Raid Over Moscow

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