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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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DOS (1996)

Muzzle Velocity is an action/wargaming hybrid were you can make the tactical strategic decisions of unit placement, composition, etc. from...

MV-017 Metal Armor Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

The player controls the movements (unusually for this developer, with a choice of mouse or keyboard) of a powersuit-clad futuristic...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Mwhiz! is a two-player educational game in which the players must evaluate an arithmetic function on the screen to be...

MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and Xbox (2001)

MX 2002 featuring Ricky Carmichael is a motocross game which features two basic modes of play. One of motocross racing...

My Fantasy Wedding Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

My Fantasy Wedding allows the player to dream of an idealized virtual wedding. After selecting a bride avatar and a...

My first (maze) game Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

My first (maze) game is a maze game featuring two mazes which the player must navigate with their mouse. Each...

My First: Skydiving Academy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Mocking the series of real-life products that introduce youngster to society's compulsive consumption needs as early as possible, My First:...

My First Songs Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010) and Wii U (2014)

My First Songs is a karaoke game, similar to the Singstar series, targeting the young kids. It contains 20 renowned...

Windows (1997)

A little boy named Suk receives an unexpected visit from a fairy tale superhero named Koo. Koo explains that the...

My Game About Me: Olympic Challenge Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

My Game About Me: Olympic Challenge is based on the semi-autobiographical webcomic by Nathan Stapley, My Comic About Me. It...

My Hero SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1986) and Arcade (1985)

Rescue your girlfriend from the clutches of an evil gang in this extremely unforgiving side-scrolling beat-em-up. The eponymous hero can...

Browser (2012)

Loosely inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this game presents a pair of lovers, trapped in the...

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Adventures in Ponyville Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Adventures in Ponyville is a game based on the 2010 My Little Pony animated...

Linux (2000), DOS (2000) and Macintosh (2006)

MyMan is a text graphic remake of Pacman. Gameplay is simply the same as Pacman; you go around a maze...

My Maze Game Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

In My Maze Game, players must navigate their mouse through a maze. There is only one level.

Browser (2003)

Mynci Beach Volleyball is a sports game from the Neopets virtual pet website. It can be played with the computer...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Myriad is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft at the bottom of the screen, moving...

My Secret World by Imagine Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

My Secret World is a diary for girls in which they can also play games. It serves as a diary...

Arcade (1984)

In yet another video game paying (unofficial) tribute to the Indiana Jones franchise, Dr. John (or Dr. Kick, depending on...

Mystery Case Files: Huntsville Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

The quaint town of Huntsville is suddenly being plagued by a series of crime spree that the local authorities cannot...

Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

After hearing of your success at Huntsville, you are asked to assist authorities at Capitol City with the disappearance of...

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), Macintosh (2006) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

The Queen of England has once again enlisted you with another case. This time the mystery takes place in Ravenhearst...

Mystery Cookbook Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Mystery Cookbook is a standard hidden object game with a Ratatouille inspired plot.The objective is to search a screen for...

Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Nintendo DS Front Cover

SNES (1995), Nintendo DS (2006) and Wii (2007)

The legend of the Golden Condor... from village to village and from town to town, everybody speak of it -...

Mystery of the Nile Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

In this unofficial adaptation of the film "The Jewel of the Nile", three travelers have been captured by a dictatorial...

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