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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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Maze Craze: A Game of Cops 'n Robbers Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980)

In Maze Craze, your goal is to be the first of two players to make it out of a maze!...

Maze Hunter 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

You are trapped in a twenty-level maze, and your job is to make your way toward the bottom, and get...

ZX Spectrum (1982), ZX81 (1982) and Camputers Lynx (1983)

Mazeman is a Pac-Man clone. Like in the original arcade game the player has to make his way through a...

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

Maze Mania is a Pac Man variant. Flippo, the protagonist, has to solve a number of mazes by turning all...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This freeware, open-source remake of the platform game from 1987 replaces the limited graphics and sounds of the 8-bit original...

Maze of Space Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

In this prototype, the player controls a spaceman wandering the blocky confines of a randomly-generated space-maze (space station? planetary colony?...

3DO (1995)

In Mazer, the player can choose from one of four soldiers tasked with freeing Earth from the oppressive rule of...

Mazera Palm OS Front Cover

Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2004) and Zodiac (2004)

Mazera is an action-adventure game for Palm OS and Windows Mobile PDA devices. You play the role of Ix, a...

Windows (2000)

MazeRace is one of a package of games produced by The Code Zone. Games from this package were used, in...

DOS (1986)

This game is a close relative of the better-known Kroz series. Searching for the Heart of Courage in the Ezam...

Mazes Unlimited MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Apart from certain Pac-Man influences, Mazes Unlimited is a very simple maze game. You guide your smiley face around labyrinths...

DOS (1996)

The Maze! is a shareware Doom clone. The shareware release consists of four levels while the registered version has twenty.There...

DOS (1992)

Maze Wars is a strange cross between Wolfenstein 3D and Pacman. You navigate around a 3D maze, shooting and running...

Macintosh (1986)

This is a version of the very first 3D first-person shooter ever made around 1973 on the Imlacs PDS-1 mainframe...

Windows (2005)

Maziac is a freeware game created using GameMaker 5 development package. The game casts the player as Samantha - the...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983) and MSX (1985)

Maziacs is a maze game. The maze in Maziacs has no edges but has around 100 locations and a new...

SNES (1993)

Dr. Hell's robot army has destroyed Tokyo, and now only Kouji Kabuto, and the giant robot Mazinger Z, can stop...

Arcade (1994)

Mazinger-Z is a 2D vertical scrolling shooter, based on manga and anime with mechas (giant Japanese robots) "Mazinger-Z". The player...

Mazin Saga: Mutant Fighter Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

The story takes place in 1999 where a Bio-Beast by the name of Godkaiser Hell has reigned supreme over Earth,...

ZX81 (1981)

Your quest is to enter a maze to explore it and find the treasure before returning back to your start...

Windows (2008)

McDonald's Fairies and Dragons is a series of games given away with their 'Happy Meals'. The full range consists of...

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure is a side-scrolling adventure starring Ronald McDonald.After finding a piece of a treasure map, the yellow...

M.C. Kids Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1992), Atari ST (1993) and Commodore 64 (1992)

The Hamburglar has stolen Ronald's bag of magic tricks! In this 2D platformer, it's up to you to play as...

McPixel Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

McPixel is the commercial version of the McPixel browser version and it includes the six levels from the original game....

Browser (2011)

McPixel is a short game made for the 21st Ludum Dare competition based around the theme "escape". The player controls...

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