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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Ping Pong Commodore 64 Front Cover

NES (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1985)

Ping Pong recreates the fast-paced sport of table tennis. To win each match you must get to 10 points with...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Ping Pong is a Pong variation for two players. Both players can move their paddle up and down using the...

Windows (2009)

Ping Pong! is a simulation of table tennis, with one-player and two-player mode. In one-player mode, the player takes on...

Browser (2004)

Ping-Pong Soccer is a Pong-like game where the player controls both paddles at the same time and must stop the...

Windows (2006)

In Pinguin vs. Yeti XXL the evil yetis imprisoned the penguins and stole all their fish. But one penguin with...

Windows (2003)

Pingwinek Kelvin is a 3D platform game where the player controls a penguin who has to navigate several levels.Dr. Grzałka...

Pink Goes to Hollywood Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

The Pink Panther is on his way to Hollywood to audition for an important role. Chased by his nemesis Inspector...

Pinkie Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

The overall premise of Pinkie is that Dinosaur eggs have to be collected in the galaxy to keep them from...

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

The goal of the game is to help Pink Panther guide his sleepwalking employer through his house without waking him...

Pink Panther: Pinkadelic Pursuit Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

In this side-scrolling action platformer, you control the Pink Panther in his quest to find hidden treasures. You'll be travelling...

Pink Panther: Pinkadelic Pursuit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation (2002)

One Christmas day, Pink Panther is heading toward the mansion of his late uncle. It is said that there is...

Pinky and the Brain: The Master Plan Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Control alternates between cartoon heroes Pinky & The Brain in this side scrolling action game. Puzzles center around differing abilities...

Pinky Street: Kira Kira Music Hour (Limited Edition) Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

This limited edition includes: Pinky Street: Kira Kira Music Hour A figurine of the main character in the game A...

Pinky & The Brain: World Conquest Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Pinky & The Brain: World Conquest is a licensed game about the TV show Pinky & The Brain. Instead of...

Pinobee: Wings of Adventure Game Boy Advance Front Cover

PlayStation (2002) and Game Boy Advance (2001)

Grandpa Bee has kidnapped before finishing you, Pinobee - a robotic bee made to defend the world. The player must...

Pinocchio Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1996), SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Journey through as Geppetto, the carpenter's live wooden puppet, Pinocchio, as he did in his Disney animated film - which...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Pin Point is based on the game Spindizzy where you control a spinning top over ten flick-screen isometric levels to...

Arcade (1974)

Pin Pong is a simple black and white pinball game by Atari. It was one of the first (if not...

Linux (2013) and Windows (2013)

Pioneer is a free and open source space trading and combat simulator video game inspired by Frontier: Elite II. It...

Pioneer Plague Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

The Starion Cluster is under threat from the Pioneer Plague, which is spreading to every planet and destroying its lifeforms,...

Pipe Mania!! / Volfied DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This compilation contains: Pipe Mania!! Volfied

Amiga (1990)

Pipe Rider is a basic shooter. The player controls either one or two cannons which run on a string. The...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

This single-screen top-down action puzzler stars Pippo, a cute creature who must change the colour of each square on a...

Commodore 64 (2008)

Pir8! was developed for the annual Mini Game Competition and was an entry for the 2k size category.It is a...

Amiga (1992)

In Piracy on the High Seas the player takes the role of three men who have to recover the Golden...

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