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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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Muslim Massacre Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In Muslim Massacre, a game of modern religious genocide, the player is invited to "stop acting like a liberal pussy"...

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

The Premium Box is a limited edition of Musō Orochi 2 Ultimate that contains the following: Musō Orochi 2 Ultimate...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This Japan-only treasure box includes: Warriors Orochi A set of 77 character puffy pop-ups which represent the main heroes and...

DOS (1991)

Mustang is an arcade shooter with aircrafts.The aircraft you control is a green plane seen from above, movable over the...

Musya: The Classic Japanese Tale of Horror SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Shizuka holds a talisman that has locked away the Evil One in the Abyss. Recently, a guard of the Evil...

ExEn (2003)

Mutant Alert is a real time 1st person shooting game where you control a scientist in a lab that tries...

DOS (1997)

Mutant Earth is a shareware platform game with many similarities to such titles as Duke Nukem II, Bio Menace or...

SNES (1993), FM Towns (1992), Sharp X68000 (1992) and Arcade (1991)

Death Brade (sic) is a versus fighting game with several stand-out features. With the exception of Hercules, playable characters have...

Mutant League Hockey Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Mutant League Hockey is a violent hockey game in the same series as Mutant League Football. There are 23 bizarre...

Mutant Mahem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Mutant Mahem is a top-down shooter where you have to destroy uncountable numbers of mutants while staying alive. At the...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

You are Monty and you are about to attempt to fulfill your lives ambitions, become rich and be a hero....

Mutant Mudds Windows Front Cover GOG.com release

Windows (2012), iPhone (2012), iPad (2012) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Mutant Mudds is an indie platformer with retro graphics. The game features five worlds, eight visual themes, 40 ordinary levels...

Mutant Mudds Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and Wii U (2013)

Mutant Mudds Deluxe is an updated version of Mutant Mudds. Compared to the former game, it adds 20 new Ghost...

Mutant Penguins DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Jaguar (1996)

Your job is to guide Rodney or Bernard through a series of levels in order to stop the attacking mutants....

Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam is a 2D beat 'em up game for the CD-i.In the year 2068 mutants have taken over...

Mutants Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

In the distant future, human beings have outposts all over the galaxies, but wars and aggression have not died out....

Mutant Storm Windows Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2002), Xbox (2005) and Macintosh (2002)

The inhabitants of a world, far away, are been hit by dark ray and have been transformed into rampaging mutants....

The Mutant Virus NES Front Cover

NES (1992)

In The Mutant Virus you play the part of Ron Trainer, the best of the best at the elite corps...

DOS (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

Scorpio was one of the most beautiful space colonies of all the galaxy and its raw materials were one of...

Neo Geo (1992), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1992)

The Slum... an area of town completely forgotten. No one could imagine the cruelness suffered by innocent people who were...

Windows (2005)

Muzzle is a puzzle game where the player takes the role of a mouse. This mouse sits in some kind...

DOS (1996)

Muzzle Velocity is an action/wargaming hybrid were you can make the tactical strategic decisions of unit placement, composition, etc. from...

MV-017 Metal Armor Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

The player controls the movements (unusually for this developer, with a choice of mouse or keyboard) of a powersuit-clad futuristic...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Mwhiz! is a two-player educational game in which the players must evaluate an arithmetic function on the screen to be...

MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001), Game Boy Advance (2001) and Xbox (2001)

MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael is a motocross game which features two basic modes of play. One of motocross racing...

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