How do you play retro games?

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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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

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Multimixx 5 is a collection of three games: Monty on the Run Auf Wiedersehen Monty Jack the Nipper II

Atari ST (1994)

Multi Pakman is a multiplayer Pac-Man clone. Two players (or one and the computer) competes for the highest score. The...

Windows (2001)

An oversized compilation of three games from Take 2 Interactive.Codename Eagle: A First Person Shooter set in an alternate universe...

Multispace Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Multispace is a multiplayer cross platform dogfight cave-flyer much like old classics like Gravity Force 2 and TurboRaketti II. Up...

Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This Limited Edition is only available directly from the developer's online store and contains the following: A large tin case...

DOS (1986)

You've been ambushed by mummies in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Your goal is simple survival - but with no weapons...

The Mummy Returns PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The Mummy Returns is a 3rd person action adventure game where you can play as two different characters each with...

The Mummy Returns Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the 2001 movie starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz, this version differs greatly from it's console version. The...

The Mummy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

Based on the blockbuster movie of the same name. You play the hero, Rick O'Connell, who mistakenly reads from the...

Game Boy Color (2000)

The Mummy is an action game with puzzle elements based on the movie of the same name. The plot basically...

DOS (1995)

Although you have been told 1 Ton is Martin Magnusson's very first game, his first game to be released is...

The Munchables Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Star Ving is a fabulous world composed of many islands all connected by sparkling rainbows, house to the Munchables, the...

ZX81 (1983)

Munchees is a Pac-Man clone where you must move around a maze to clear it by eating all the dots....

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