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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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Megaspectre FM Towns Front Cover

FM Towns (1993)

Megaspectre is a Battlezone-influenced 3D tank combat game set in a cyberpunk environment. It is a straightforward tank battle game...

Mega Sports DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Mega Sports compiles some of Epyx's multiple-event sports games from the 80s. Some of these titles were converted to some...

Megatudo 2096 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

It is the year 2096, and the Megatudo Grand Prix is on! 12 pilots from 12 manufacturers, each with their...

Amiga (1996)

Mega Typhoon is a vertically scrolling shooter. As usual, the player takes control over a space ship with the goal...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Megawarz is a single screen shooter where you control a Cyclonic Megawarz Uniship Mk1 in various directions as you attempt...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Mega Zap is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft, moving left or right, at the...

Megumi Rescue SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

Megumi Rescue lets you control a rescue party of three to save people from a burning building. The group consists...

Meikyū Jiin Dababa NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Somewhere in India, there live thousands upon thousands of monks. One of them, in particular, is seemingly enjoying the most...

Windows (2006)

Meisterjäger: Winteredition is a Moorhuhn variant where the player kills rabbits, birds and deers in a limited time. Every shot...

Atari 2600 (2007)

The player is a treasure hunter exploring a maze. But the walls are shifting. The player might be trapped until...

Melker: The Elk Hunt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Moose on the Loose is a single player arcade game.Melker the elk has fallen asleep and as a result he...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Melonmania is a side view horizontal scrolling game where the screen scrolls left or right when you move your hero,...

Meltdown Atari 7800 Front Cover

Atari 7800 (1990)

Meltdown is an arcade action game similar to Reactor. On the screen you will see a representation of a nuclear...

Windows (2002)

The events of this game take place one year after those described in Tsukihime, continuing to focus on the series'...

Melty Blood: Act Cadenza PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Melty Blood: Act Cadenza is a version of Melty Blood based on the arcade conversion of the same name. The...

Windows (2007)

Melty Blood: Act Cadenza Ver.B is a 2D fighting game. It is the Windows conversion of the arcade game of...

Windows (2004)

Melty Blood: Re-ACT is an expansion pack to Melty Blood. It adds an Arcade Mode, which continues the plot of...

Memorabilia: Mia's Mysterious Memory Machine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

After moving to the small village of Berryside Mews and purchasing an old abandoned farmhouse, Mia discovers an ancient machine...

Memory Game iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012), bada (2012) and Maemo (2012)

This game presents the classic game of Memory, played on a board of 5x5 squares. It is playable only online....

DOS (1988)

A variation on Pac-Man born of the fact that, after all, 640 KB of RAM is not necessarily enough for...

Jupiter Ace (1982)

Memory Stars is inspired by the electronic game Simon, from the 70s and 80s where you have to repeat a...

Me & My Katamari PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

The King of All Cosmos, The Queen, and The Prince have decided to take a holiday. However, a huge tidal...

Menace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Six ruthless dictators have collaborated to create the planet Draconia, which contains some of the most gruesome and harmful life-forms...

NES (1990)

In Menace Beach, the player is a random guy whose girlfriend has been kidnapped by Demon Dan on her way...

Menacer 6-Game Cartridge Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Menacer 6-Game Cartridge was released as a pack-in cartridge for the Menacer light gun. It is a compilation of six...

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