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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Macintosh (1997)

The seminal FPS series for the Mac gets its own deluxe package--a black box with two CDs inside. The first...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Captain C T Cobra has the task of travelling through planet Mergatron where the jewels of Ozymandias have been placed...

Marauder Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

You've landed on an alien planet and penetrated the enemy base defended by armed attack robots. Your mission is to...

Marauder Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

In the game you are descending to a fortified enemy base to eliminate its power stations. The plot unfolds during...

Marbelous! iPad Front Cover

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

Marbelous! is a jump-and-run game with a twist. The main character is a marble. This marble changes color to access...

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

Marble Blast is an arcade action game where the player takes control of marbles. The objective of the game is...

Marble Blast Gold Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Marble Blast Gold is an extended edition of the original Marble Blast game. It adds 28 new levels, making a...

Marble Blast Mobile iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Marble Blast Mobile is an iOS version of the Marble Blast series. The game is similar to the other Marble...

Marble Blast Ultra Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Ultra is similar to the other Marble Blast releases in that the player uses first-person shooter style controls to navigate...

DOS (1994) and PC-98 (1994)

Marble, the young and innocent apprentice of magic, has always been curious about one of her master's possessions, the magic...

Marble Madness PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Game Boy (1991), Game Boy Color (1999), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1986), NES (1989), Atari ST (1986), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), Apple IIgs (1988), BlackBerry (2009), PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1991), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1984)

The idea of this arcade game is deceptively simple: Guide a marble down a path without hitting any obstacles or...

Marble Madness Construction Set ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Marble Madness involved guiding a ball through precarious levels with drops, ramps, and enemies to avoid for fear of losing...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Marble Madness Construction Set gave enthusiasts of the arcade game Marble Madness a chance to create their own layouts that...

Marble Madness / Klax Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

A compilation of the classic arcade games Klax and Marble Madness brought to the Game Boy Advance.

Marble Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998) and Game Boy Color (2000)

Swing is a Tetris inspired puzzle game: At the top of the screen you see two lines of eight balls...

Marble Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Marble Mayhem is a 3D puzzle platformer similar to Marble Madness or the more contemporary Switchball where the player guides...

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Contents Under Pressure is an action adventure that combines stealth and combat, as you guide urban graffiti artist Trane to...

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Limited Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover Outer Sleeve

PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

The limited edition of Getting Up has the original game in a collectible tin case and includes:The soundtrackA silver pen...

Märchen Adventure Cotton 100% SNES Front Cover

PlayStation (2003) and SNES (1994)

This is the sequel to the original side-scrolling shooter Cotton, and it continues the adventures of the cute young witch...

Wii (2009), Sharp X68000 (1991) and Arcade (1988)

Märchen Maze ("märchen" means fairy tale in German) is an isometric platform/shooter game loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

Märchen Maze is a platform/shooter game and conversion of Namco's 1988 arcade game of the same name. The gameplay remains...

Märchen Veil NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Märchen Veil combines Märchen Veil I and Märchen Veil II into one re-designed game. The story includes both parts, evolving...

MSX (1987), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1985), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1987)

People inhabiting a world called Felix communicate with gods to divine their future. The king of the Forest Country is...

PC-98 (1986)

Märchen Veil II is the second part of the story that began in Märchen Veil I. The bereaved king of...

March! Offworld Recon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

March! Offworld Recon is a first person shooter that takes place on Mars. When contact with a military research station...

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