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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VIC-20 (2012), Commodore PET/CBM (2012), Odyssey 2 (2011), ZX81 (2012) and Videopac+ G7400 (2011)

Wizzy, son of the Wizard of Odyssey, got in trouble when trying to work a spell to set some sticks...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

The Blibbles home planet is over-populated and so thousands need moving to another planet by cargo ship and as the...

Windows (2003)

Mayhem is an arcade-style platform shooter. The world is being invaded by killer bunnies, and you have to stop them!...

Arcade (1985)

Player must maneuver their character around an oval play field attempting to score by placing a ball into their receptacle....

Mayhem in Monsterland Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1993) and Wii (2008)

Mayhem is an unhappy dinosaur, as Monsterland is an unhappy place, due to an apprentice magic dinosaur who decided to...

Mayhem's Magic Dust J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2004) and BlackBerry (2010)

Mayhem's Magic Dust is a follow up to the Commodore 64 game Mayhem in Monsterland. Once again the player gets...

Windows (2004)

The goal of Maze is very simple. You are in control of your player at the bottom of the playfield,...

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

In Maze the player enters the facilities of a rival company with the aim of stealing secret information. The building...

DOS (1986)

Maze Adventures is a collection of four maze games: Diamond Digger Block Five Rogue Runner Maze Machine

Maze Craze: A Game of Cops 'n Robbers Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980)

In Maze Craze, your goal is to be the first of two players to make it out of a maze!...

Maze Hunter 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

You are trapped in a twenty-level maze, and your job is to make your way toward the bottom, and get...

ZX Spectrum (1982), ZX81 (1982) and Camputers Lynx (1983)

Mazeman is a Pac-Man clone. Like in the original arcade game the player has to make his way through a...

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Maze Mania is a Pac Man variant. Flippo, the protagonist, has to solve a number of mazes by turning all...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This freeware, open-source remake of the platform game from 1987 replaces the limited graphics and sounds of the 8-bit original...

Maze of Space Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

In this prototype, the player controls a spaceman wandering the blocky confines of a randomly-generated space-maze (space station? planetary colony?...

Arcade (2002)

The Maze of the Kings is a first person light gun rail shooter that takes place in Egypt. It features...

3DO (1995)

In Mazer, the player can choose from one of four soldiers tasked with freeing Earth from the oppressive rule of...

Mazera Palm OS Front Cover

Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2004) and Zodiac (2004)

Mazera is an action-adventure game for Palm OS and Windows Mobile PDA devices. You play the role of Ix, a...

Windows (2000)

MazeRace is one of a package of games produced by The Code Zone. Games from this package were used, in...

DOS (1986)

This game is a close relative of the better-known Kroz series. Searching for the Heart of Courage in the Ezam...

Mazes Unlimited MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Apart from certain Pac-Man influences, Mazes Unlimited is a very simple maze game. You guide your smiley face around labyrinths...

DOS (1996)

The Maze! is a shareware Doom clone. The shareware release consists of four levels while the registered version has twenty.There...

DOS (1992)

Maze Wars is a strange cross between Wolfenstein 3D and Pacman. You navigate around a 3D maze, shooting and running...

Macintosh (1986)

This is a version of the very first 3D first-person shooter ever made around 1973 on the Imlacs PDS-1 mainframe...

Windows (2005)

Maziac is a freeware game created using GameMaker 5 development package. The game casts the player as Samantha - the...

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