Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Odyssey 2 (1979)

Two titles are available in this cart: Out of This World! is a slightly upgraded version of Space Rendezvous. It...

DOS (1984)

Out on a LEM is a BASIC-programmed Lunar Lander-type game. The goal is to land on the white goal pad...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Out on a Limb is a flick screen platform game based on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. You...

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Outris is a Tetris variant for two players in split-screen mode. The game takes place in a space environment. Each...

OutRun 2019 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

The basic Outrun game structure is reused in this, with the main difference being that a futuristic setting has been...

Outtrigger Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001) and Arcade (1999)

In Outtrigger you play a member of the "International Counter-terrorism Special Force (Interforce)", formed by "Visitaria", a multi-national company for...

Outwars Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Swarms of exoskeletal aliens are ripping a merciless path of annihilation through the galaxy. Your outposts have fallen--your drop zone...

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

In Outzone the player takes control over a support space ship which has to aid a safety unit which has...

Arcade (1990)

Out Zone is a 2D top-down shooter. In the Year 2097, mankind has a big problem - it's invaded by...

OverBlood PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

A team of scientists have been conducting controversial genetic experiments at the Lystra Laboratories research center. Due to a system...

OverBlood 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

In the year 2115AD, 70 years after the event known as "The Sudden Death Of The Earth", the world has...

Overdrive Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1995), Amiga (1993) and BlackBerry (2013)

This is a topdown racing game similar to Micro Machines in which the player gets to control 4x4s, buggies, super...

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Overdrive is a racing game similar to Pole Position but only with straight tracks, without bends. The five tracks have...

NES (1991)

Over Horizon is a side-scrolling shooter in which the player has to guide a spaceship through various levels and destroy...

DOS (1996)

Overkill is a Mortal Kombat-esque fighting game featuring human, alien, and robot characters in a futuristic/space setting. The characters and...

OverKill DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

You arrive at your home planet after a long space flight, only to find it has been destroyed by a...

Overkill & Lunar-C Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga CD32 (1993)

This CD contains two shoot 'em ups. The games are:Overkill - a Defender clone Lunar-CLunar-C is unique in that it...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Overlander sees Elite attempt a Roadblasters style driving game with shooting overtones, with the action viewed from behind your armour-plated...

Overlord Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Xbox 360 (2007)

What a bad time to wake up from a long sleep. Gnarl, your minion master decided to interrupt your peaceful...

Overlord II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Well things didn't go so well for the Overlord at the end of Overlord: Raising Hell. Although he managed to...

Overlord Minions Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Overlord Minions brings the Overlord franchise onto the Nintendo DS platform. In Minions, you control a team of four minions...

Overlord: Raising Hell Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

At the end of Overlord you killed the original Overlord and took complete control over the land - but someone...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Override is a vertically-scrolling shooter in which the player controls a fighter craft on a mission to stop an alien...

Atari ST (1994)

Overscan Invaders is a Space Invaders clone that relies on the overscan technique giving the player 32 colors on the...

Over the Hedge Windows Front Cover

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

Over the Hedge is based on the movie with the same name. Verne and his woodland family wake-up from their...

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