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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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Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

Monster Maze is a Pac-Man variant played from a first person perspective. The player has been trapped in a chamber...

ZX Spectrum (1982), Dragon 32/64 (1983), ZX81 (1982) and Camputers Lynx (1983)

Monster Mine is a maze game viewed from above with the whole maze on the screen and you have to...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Monster Munch is a top view single screen maze game based on the arcade game Pac-Man where you guide Munchie...

Monster Party NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

You are a young boy with a baseball bat named Mark. On your way home from a baseball game, you...

Monster Puzzle Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Fairy Tale World is in trouble! With less and less children reading fairy tales, people will forget the stories and...

Monster Rancher 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Monster Rancher 2 is at heart an arena fighting game with a lot of ancillary game play thrown in. As...

Monster Rancher Explorer Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Monster Rancher Explorer is an updated port of Tecmo's 1987 NES game, Solomon's Key and features environments, characters and monsters...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

In the advert, Monsters is described as "a superb version of the Arcade game Dig Dug-Panic", and indeed it is...

Monsters Ate My Condo Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Monsters Ate My Condo is an action puzzle game where the player has to satisfy the hunger of four enormous...

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Monster Shooter is a top-down shooter in the vein of classic action-shooter titles like Smash TV or Total Carnage.Players take...

Monster Smash BREW Front Cover

BREW (2008) and J2ME (2009)

Monster Smash is a medieval take on the popular "Whack-a-mole" concept where players control a Prince trying to rescue his...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Monster Smash is a side view single screen platformer where your task is to capture all the monsters that are...

Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Duke's Princess is gone. She was stolen by monsters! Probably. Well, who else could have done that?In this 2D platform...

Monsters vs. Aliens Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Monsters vs. Aliens follows the storyline of the animated movie, giving players the chance to play each of the five...

Monsters vs. Aliens PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Monsters vs. Aliens is based on the animated movie of the same name. During the course of the game the...

Monster Tale Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2011)

Young girl, Ellie, finds a strange, glowing bracelet in the woods, and upon touching it is transported to a magical...

Monster Truck Madness 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You take control of a monster truck (like Bigfoot) and compete against other drivers in various races. There are a...

Monster Truck Madness 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

Monster Truck Madness 64 is a monster truck racing game for the Nintendo 64. The game features 20 trucks to...

Monster World IV Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

Monster World IV is a sequel to Wonder Boy 5: Monster World 3. The player controls Asha, the green-haired girlfriend...

Monstrum Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Monstrum is an adaptation of the classical concept of snake games. The player has to guide a pink snake that...

Windows (2001)

Montezooma is an arcade platformer in which the player has to help the titular warrior to emerge victorious in battles...

Montezuma's Return DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

Max Montezuma is a soldier who also happens to be a descendant of a legendary Aztec emperor. One day Max's...

Game Boy (1998) and Game Boy Color (1998)

Montezuma's Return is, in contrast to to the PC game of the same name, not a completely new adventure but...

Montezuma's Revenge Apple II Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), SEGA Master System (1989), Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You play as a treasure hunter named Panama Joe, whose goal is to find an ancient treasure hidden by Aztec...

Monty on the Run Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Monty Mole was imprisoned due to his coal theft in Wanted: Monty Mole, and rescued by Sam Stoat in Monty...

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