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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 (1993)

MagnaFlux is a 2-car overhead racing game. Humans or the computer can control either or both of the cars. The...

Magnetica Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Playing with balls is fun! Magnetica is a fiendish action puzzler game from Japanese developer Mitchell Corporation, and the sequel...

Magnetica Twist Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Magnetica Twist is a puzzle game for the Wii. The basic gameplay is to keep on clearing the gemstones that...

Magnetic By Nature Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014) and Ouya (2014)

Magnetic By Nature is a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platform game with magnetism as the main mechanic. It is a reworked...

Magnetic Joe iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2007), J2ME (2006) and iPhone (2009)

Magnetic Joe is a puzzle game in which the player must guide a magnetic ball by the name of Joe.The...

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

This is an immersive isometric game where you start by having no clue about your mission. You drive a tank...

Commodore 64 (1987)

The Helios Exploration Starship is in for a surprise when it returns to Earth from deep space: alien invaders besiege...

Magnetron  Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Magnetron was a follow-up to Quazatron.Robot KLP-2 returned to destroy a series of space stations around the planet Quartech. This...

Magnus & Myggen: Hold da helt ferie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Magnus & Myggen: Hold da helt ferie is a collection of games aimed at children ages five to twelve. It's...

Magrunner: Dark Pulse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Magrunner: Dark Pulse is a first-person puzzle game set in 2050. The player takes the role of Dax, an elite...

Windows (2008)

Magus in Mystic Geometries is a doujin 2D top-down shooter with gameplay based on Robotron: 2084 and set in the...

Mahjong Block Jongbou NES Front Cover

NES (1987) and Arcade (1987)

Mahjong Block Jongbou is a combination of a Breakout-style arcade game and a Mahjong game. The player can either beat...

Mahō Tsukai Kurohime PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The black-clad Kurohime was once a powerful, beautiful "magic gunner", wielding the greatest ability and power in the world...but she...

Mail Order Monsters Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Build your own monster and send it to fight against other monsters. You can choose between 12 different monster types...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

The objective in Mailstrom is to collect sacks of letters from post boxes and take them to the mail depot...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Mail Trail is a top view single screen game where you have to deliver mail to a house within 28...

Main Frame Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

The worlds greatest computer, TriComplex III, has decided that people are a bug in his program. In order to fix...

Browser (2014)

In the days following repeated system-wide public transportation shutdowns, a construction worker named Mack snaps, going on a killing spree...

Windows (2002)

Majewelune World is a freeware 2D fighting game made by the Japanese coder Retsuzan. Rules are easy - players choose...

DOS (1990)

For fans of Kroz and ZZT comes a textmode dungeon romp even busier and more abstract! You play a wizard...

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

The once fruitful and glorious kingdom of Q'markaj has been overthrown by darkness. It has influenced all the five powerful...

Majokko Daisakusen: Little witching mischiefs PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Majokko Daisakusen is a turn-based strategy game with action-style battles featuring characters from several famous magical girl anime series from...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

After all the Berks were destroyed in Berks, the creator Major Blink has decided to become a painter to make...

Major Bronx Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Major Bronx is a puzzle game. As a secret agent the player aims to get the secret plans and blow...

Arcade (1983)

You are Major Havoc, a clone and leader of a band of clones. "All from one, one from all, fighting...

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