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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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Game Gear (1993)

With the help of a mad scientist, Colonel Brown, the owner of a toy factory, has created a substance that...

Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

These two games allow you to use the Sega's Light Phaser to your advantage. In Marksman Shooting, you shoot red...

Marksman Shooting / Trap Shooting / Safari Hunt SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986)

This cartridge bundles three games that all support the light phaser. Marksman Shooting and Trap Shooting were previously available as...

The Mark Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The Mark is an action first-person shooter with a plot about fanatical terrorists planning the ultimate strike. From the son...

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Xbox 360 (2013)

Marlow Briggs lies dead in the Central American jungle. Well, at least until he is resurrected by an Aztec ghost...

Mars Cars Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Mars Cars is a maze game in which players must navigate their little hatchback car through a maze. The goal...

Mars Explorer Browser Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), Browser (2008), iPhone (2008) and iPad (2011)

Mars Explorer is an online game for multiple players that combines racing, dogfights and exploration all set on the deserted...

Windows (2010)

Marsh is a Japanese vertically-scrolling 2D shooter. The player can choose from three ships and each has different weapon configurations....

Browser (2003)

Marshie is a marshmallow vampire with a penchant for marshmallows—black and orange marshmallows, that is. The player guides Marshie though...

DOS (1997)

A simple platform game. However, this game is ONLY playable with 2 people. There is no single player - But...

Mars Matrix Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000) and Arcade (2000)

Mars Matrix is a top-down vertical scrolling shoot-em-up (shmup) game, originally for the Capcom CPS-2 arcade board. It is the...

Mars Miner Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Mars Miner is a Bomberman remake. The protagonist is an astronaut stranded on Mars after the ship's collision with a...

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Marsport is the first (and ultimately only) game in an unfinished trilogy set in the 25th century. Humanity is at...

Acorn 32-bit (1997)

Marsquake is a sequel to Moonquake and like its predecessor it's a variant of Bomberman. The player takes the role...

Macintosh (1998)

The Terran's military bases in the Martian realm have been attacked, and Deimos was the only area not to be...

Mars Taxi Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A clone of the classic Space Taxi game: As an operator of a taxi on Mars, your job is to...

Marsupilami Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

Based on the character developed by Belgian cartoon artist Franquin, this platform features the player controlling Marsupilami, a strange animal...

Martial Arts: Capoeira Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Martial Arts: Capoeira is a game that combines the "capoeira" fighting style with RPG elements, like endurance, stamina, strength and...

TurboGrafx CD (1993), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1993)

Martial Champion is a versus fighting game similar in concept to Street Fighter II. There are ten characters to choose...

Windows (2001)

Martian is a freeware crosshair shoot'em up game where the players takes on the role of a hover-tank sent out...

Martian Gothic: Unification Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2001)

It's the year 2017. The planet Earth sets up a research station, Vita Base, on Mars with the mission to...

Martian Panic Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Martian Panic is a rail-shooter for 1 to 4 players where your goal is to stop a Martian invasion. The...

BBC Micro (1982) and Atom (1981)

Martians is an action game with some similarities to Avalanche and Kaboom!. The player has to prevent aliens from landing...

Odyssey 2 (2008)

Martians are attacking the Earth and planning to destroy all life in it. A Martian space ship is orbiting the...

Maru Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Maru is a platformer by Jesse Venbrux partly based on the mechanics previously explored in his title Frozzd. It consists...

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