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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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Mini Ninjas Adventures Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Mini Ninjas Adventures is a spin-off from Mini Ninjas designed entirely for the Kinect motion controls. It has a visual...

Amiga (1993)

A Pacman clone that runs in a small window on the Amiga Workbench. Through its use of hardware sprites, it...

Commodore 64 (1985), VIC-20 (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Inspired by the arcade game Centipede, a garden is in the height of summer but is full of unsavory creatures...

MiniSquadron PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2013), Android (2010), Windows Phone (2011), webOS (2010) and Ouya (2013)

MiniSquadron is a side scrolling shooter where the player takes control of a tiny little plane in dogfights against wave...

MinoMonsters iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2012)

This animation-heavy monster-training game owes more than a little to Pokemon. Players will be grinding away trying to train up...

Minority Report: Everybody Runs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Based on the movie of the same name. You play John Anderton, the head of Pre-Crime. The game is a...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Minority Report on the Game Boy Advance is based on the 2002 Spielberg/Cruise film. In the near future, murders have...

Minotaur China Shop Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Moving on from dinosaurs, in this title Flashbang tells the story of a minotaur who opened a china shop. One...

Minubeat Browser Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Browser (2008)

Minubeat is a cross between a shoot-em-up and a rhythm game. The player controls a spaceship, armed with a rapid-fire...

Windows (2008)

Minus is a short game developed for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. The player controls a small character that needs...

Browser (2009)

Minutemen is a 2d side-scrolling brawler designed as a tie-in with the 2009 Watchmen movie based on the comic book...

Minute to Win It Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

The game show Minute to Win It challenges contestants to complete unusual tasks using common items within 60 seconds. For...

SNES (1993)

Without warning Tomomi, Mikage and their friends are warped into a strange fantasy land. Now it's up to them to...

PlayStation (2003) and PS Vita (2012)

In Miracle Space Race you choose from one of eight different characters to try to win one of three available...

Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord NES Front Cover

NES (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), MSX (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

In Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord, you have been asked to recover the Golden Seal which is being...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Mirage is a student project for the Futuregames Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Set in a mysterious fantasy world, the player...

DOS (1993)

Mirage Thunder is a top-down vertical scrolling shooter in which player controls a spaceship that flies through complex formations of...

PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

The year is 720 of the Galactic Era. Humans have ventured into deep space and found they were not alone...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Mirai Sh┼Źnen Conan is based on Hayao Miyazaki's anime series Future Boy Conan, itself an adaptation of the novel The...

DOS (1990)

Jump into an F-18 fighter jet and take on enemies as you cruise over the ocean in Miramar, Jet Fighter...

Mirax Force Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Uridium is the obvious influence on this shooter, viewed from above and scrolling both left and right. As a member...

Mirror's Edge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Mirror's Edge is a first-person action game set in a dystopian society ruled by a totalitarian regime that exercises a...

Mirror's Edge iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

Following in the freeform footsteps of the original console release, Mirror's Edge on iPhone and iPad replaces the 1st person...

Mirror's Edge 2D Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

This is a side-scrolling platformer based on the original Mirror's Edge. The game is about fast action, precise jumping and...

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is a platform game focused on puzzle solving, similar in concept to Braid. It is...

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