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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Metal Storm NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

Metal Storm is an action game in which the player takes control of the giant mecha M-308 Gunner in order...

Metaltech: EarthSiege - Expansion Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The attack on Earth by the Cybrids has been repelled and humanity is starting to rebuild. But a second wave...

Commodore 64 (1999)

An action/adventure game set in a dismally futuristic 2010. Ian, a young metal guitarist, finds his bandmate Sadok shot; rumor...

Metal Warrior 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (2001)

The third entry in the Metal Warrior series, like its predecessors, is an action/adventure side scroller - this time featuring...

Game Boy Advance (2006) and Commodore 64 (2003)

Three weeks after the events of Metal Warrior 3, metal guitarists Joan (Phantasm) and Ian receive a call from another...

Amiga (2004)

Released over a decade after being written in 1993, the Amiga Metal Warrior game is different from its C64 namesake,...

Commodore 64 (1999)

Following the events of the first Metal Warrior game, Ian's war-metal band Cyberpriest splits up after a bitter conflict. In...

Metal Warriors SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

In the year 2102 the United Government of Earth is under attack by an organization known as Dark Axis, led...

Xbox (2004)

Metal Wolf Chaos is an mecha action game in which you jump in the role of Michael Wilson, the current...

Arcade (1995)

Metamoqester is a 2D arcade fighting game, similar in concept to Red Earth or Monster Maulers. One or two players...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

The plot of Metamor Jupiter is simple: a biological mutation causes an alien race to spread all over the galaxy....

Arcade (1993)

Metamorphic Force is a 2D beat'em up game with 2.5D gameplay (like a Final Fight or Streets of Rage. An...

Commodore 64 (1982)

Metamorphosis is a single screen game spread over four screens as you enter the fortress belonging to 'The Creator' and...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

There is a huge metal complex inside an asteroid that houses and guards a two-headed alien called Garth. Garth just...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1983)

Meteor is an educational title that tests the player's reaction time. The player is presented with a starry sky and...

Meteor DOS Front Cover Illustration accompanying the type-in listing (Creative Computing Vol. 8 No. 8).

DOS (1981)

A simple "character graphics arcade game" which puts the player in charge of an ASCII smiley face. The objective: erase...

Windows (1999)

Meteor is the name of an orbital ion cannon that protects the Earth from meteors and such. However it was...

Windows (2004)

After the events in the prequel Meteor Ash is now a colonel. But despite that he needs one again take...

Meteor Blade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In this game the player takes the role of a trained assassin named Meteor Blade. Together with his colleague Meng...

TurboGrafx CD (2004)

Meteor Blaster DX is a homebrew Asteroids variant. The player controls a spaceship navigated by an astronaut named Stryker, who...

Meteor Blastor Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Meteor Blastor is a clone of Asteroids. Controlling a space ship with the arrow keys for movement and space for...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Inspired by the arcade game Asteroids, Meteorites is a top view single screen shooter where you start in the middle...

Atari 5200 (1983)

Meteorites is an arcade action game featuring gameplay similar to Asteroids. You control a spaceship surrounded by numerous asteroids; your...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Meteorites is a variant of Missile Command. The player controls a targeting reticule on the screen and must destroy incoming...

DOS (1995)

Looks like someone has gone and abandoned some poor astronauts on a desolate planet again. It's your job to swoop...

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