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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Muramasa: The Demon Blade Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009), PS Vita (2013) and Wii U (2015)

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a 2D side-scrolling action game with light RPG elements. The game focuses on two protagonists:...

Murasaki Baby PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2014)

Murasaki Baby is a 2D side-scrolling puzzle platformer played as a baby's girl nightmarish journey through her imagination. Visually it...

MURDER Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

MURDER is a simple game of reflexes. At first, the player takes control of an assassin sneaking behind the king's...

MURI Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

MURI is a game inspired by late '80s and early '90s DOS platformers. You play as Adwoa, a woman in...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Times are tough living in 1930's Chicago as the Mouse Mafia have a monopoly on cheese and the inhabitants are...

Musashi no Ken: Tadaima Shugyō Chū NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

A game based on the manga and anime, Musashi no Ken. Players take control of Musashi, who is currently in...

Muscle March Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

In Muscle March, a team of international bodybuilders find out that their protein powder has been stolen, while they were...

M.U.S.E. Android Front Cover

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

M.U.S.E. is a third-person arcade shooter. Players take the role of Sid Tripp, a government agent tasked with taking down...

M.U.S.H.A. Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Wii (2009)

A spin-off from the Aleste series by Compile, Musha Aleste takes the same top-down shooter mechanics of its predecessors but...

Mushihimesama PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Arcade (2004)

Mushihimesama is a vertically scrolling shooter; players need to control their character over the constantly scrolling terrain and score points...

Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and Arcade (2006)

Mushihimesama Futari is a port of the 2006 arcade "bullet hell" shooter of the same name, and the sequel to...

Mushihimesama (Limited Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The limited edition of Mushihimesama contains the following items: The game Mushihimesama A collectible figurine

PlayStation (2000)

Mushi Tarō is best described as a “bug-catcher simulator” – the player basically takes control of a young boy who’s...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Mushroom Alley is a single screen shooter inspired by the arcade game Centipede where you move left and right, and...

DOS (1987), Oric (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Mushroom Mania is a shoot 'em up that clones the Centipede game style. The player must shoot at a giant...

Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars the story takes place after a comet passes Earth, narrowly missing it and leaving...

Music Catch Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008), Browser (2008) and iPhone (2009)

Music Catch is a game where the player has to collect points by catching different shapes that float across the...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In this game, you play as Stevie and Nancy.The Music Machine moves back and forth at the top of the...

musika iPod Classic Front Cover

iPod Classic (2007)

Similar to Phase, musika is a game that taps into the user's music library to create the gameplay. The core...

Muslim Massacre Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

In Muslim Massacre, a game of modern religious genocide, the player is invited to "stop acting like a liberal pussy"...

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

The Premium Box is a limited edition of Musō Orochi 2 Ultimate that contains the following: Musō Orochi 2 Ultimate...

PlayStation 2 (2007)

This Japan-only treasure box includes: Warriors Orochi A set of 77 character puffy pop-ups which represent the main heroes and...

DOS (1991)

Mustang is an arcade shooter with aircrafts.The aircraft you control is a green plane seen from above, movable over the...

Musya: The Classic Japanese Tale of Horror SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Shizuka holds a talisman that has locked away the Evil One in the Abyss. Recently, a guard of the Evil...

ExEn (2003)

Mutant Alert is a real time 1st person shooting game where you control a scientist in a lab that tries...

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