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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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Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1988)

Märchen Maze ("märchen" means fairy tale in German) is an isometric platform/shooter game loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Märchen Maze is a platform/shooter game and conversion of Namco's 1988 arcade game of the same name. The gameplay remains...

Märchen Veil NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Märchen Veil combines Märchen Veil I and Märchen Veil II into one re-designed game. The story includes both parts, evolving...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1985), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1987)

People inhabiting a world called Felix communicate with gods to divine their future. The king of the Forest Country is...

PC-98 (1986)

Märchen Veil II is the second part of the story that began in Märchen Veil I. The bereaved king of...

March! Offworld Recon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

March! Offworld Recon is a first person shooter that takes place on Mars. When contact with a military research station...

March of the Penguins Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2006)

Based on the documentary March of the Penguins, this game follows the story of the emperor penguins as they embark...

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Have you ever wondered what Super Mario Bros. would be like if Mario could wield the portal gun from Valve's...

Marine Heavy Gunner: Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The year is 1967 and you are Grant, specialist Heavy Gunner of the 6th platoon US Marine Corps. Your mission...

ZX81 (1982)

Your mission is to move to the bottom of the sea to rescue sailors trapped in a stricken sub. You...

Marine Sharpshooter 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

You play as a team of a sniper and spotter to infiltrate, eliminate and investigate evil terrorist plot again the...

Windows (2008)

In modern society, war can mean business opportunity, but to that of Master Gunnery Sergeant Cole of the U.S. Marine...

Marine Sharpshooter II: Jungle Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This sequel to CTU: Marine Sharpshooter places a player-controlled sniper team in the African nation of Burundi at the potential...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You are a battleship firing shells at attacking battleships and/or attacking bomber planes.The game has four scenes: fighting ships at...

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a puzzle game, part of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series....

Mario Andretti Racing  Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Italian-born Mario Andretti is one of the most successful racing drivers in the US scene, and five of his relatives...

Nintendo 64 (2000)

Mario Artist: Polygon Studio is an art program allowing players to construct their own 3D models and add colors and...

Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), NES (1983), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), PC-88 (1984), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1983)

Mario and Luigi, the best plumbers in the world, have a real job on their hands. A host of characters...

Mario Bros. in Pipe Panic Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Pipe Panic is a mixture of Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. where the player can play as either Mario or...

Mario Bros. Special PC-88 Front Cover

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

Mario Bros. Special is based on, but very different from, the original arcade game. Much like the original title, the...

DOS (1990)

Mario Brothers VGA is an unofficial remake of the classic Mario Bros. game of the arcade in VGA 16 colors.You...

Mario Clash Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

This game is essentially a single-player sequel to Mario Bros. While the Super Mario Advance games would later contain a...

Mario Clock Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Mario Clock is a Nintendo DSiWare app. It displays the time in 8-bit graphics. The user can switch between an...

Windows (2004)

Mario Forever is an unofficial remake of the famous Super Mario Bros. with some improvements and additions: better graphics, music...

Mario Golf  Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Mario Golf on Game Boy Color isn't a straight port of the N64 game - it's a totally different game...

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