How do you play retro games?

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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Saint Seiya: Ōgon Densetsu - Kanketsu Hen NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

Another game based on the animé series Saint Seiya. The animé (and the game) tells the story of the noble...

Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Saint Seiya: The Sanctuary is a fighting game based on the Saint Seiya franchise and follows the "Gold Saint Saga"...

Windows (1999)

In this Christian first-person shooter, you act out the internal struggle of a young Christian as he conquers many temptations...

Saints Row Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

A city torn apart by numerous gang wars is in a volatile state and normal everyday people get caught in...

Saints Row 2 Windows Front Cover

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

At the end of Saints Row the city of Stillwater was in the hands of the 3rd Street Saints. But...

Saints Row 2 (Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

This Xbox 360 collector's edition, also referred to as Gun Pack, comes in a gun mould case and contains: Saints...

Saints Row 2: Corporate Warfare PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Corporate Warfare is the second downloadable content pack (DLC) for Saints Row 2. The DLC offers three new singleplayer missions...

Saints Row 2: Ultor Exposed PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Ultor Exposed is the first downloadable content pack (DLC) for Saints Row 2. It tells the story of Saints trying...

Saints Row IV Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

After the happenings of Saints Row: The Third, the Saints gang extended their reach and the protagonist became the President...

Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Saints Row IV: Enter the Dominatrix is a DLC (downloadable content) for Saints Row IV. The Saints are visited by...

Saints Row IV: How the Saints Save Christmas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Saints Row IV: How the Saints Save Christmas is a DLC (downloadable content) for Saints Row IV. While the Saints...

Saints Row: The Third Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

As they have defeated all their rivals in Stilwater in the end of Saints Row 2, the Saints turned their...

Saint Sword Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991)

You are Macress, a mythical warrior, and you have been called upon to destroy the evil demon, Gorgon before the...

Saira Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The eponymous Saira is an explorer and a photographer who specializes in shots of dangerous places across the universe. When...

NES (1988)

An adaption of Wonder Boy in Monster Land for the Famicom. This version of that game now has its setting...

Game Boy (1990)

A one-on-one fighting game based on the manga of the same name. The game puts you in the shoes of...

Sakigake!! Otokojuku: The Dodge Ball PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Simple Character 2000 Series Vol.10: Sakigake!! Otokojuku: The Dodge Ball is a dodge ball game based on Akira Miyashita's popular...

Sakura Taisen V Episode 0: Arano no Samurai Musume PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Arano Samurai Musume is a side-story in the Sakura Taisen series, and an introduction chapter to Sakura Wars: So Long,...

Sakurazaka Shōbōtai PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Sakurazaka Shōbōtai is a firefighting action with a strong emphasis on effective teamwork. The player controls Daichi Honjō, a hotshot...

PC-98 (1994)

The playable character in this game is a blacksmith called Bargon. As he introduces himself in the beginning of the...

Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus is a compilation featuring ported versions of the arcade classic Salamander, its westernized port Life Force,...

Sally's Salon Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007), Nintendo DS (2008), Macintosh (2008), iPhone (2008) and BlackBerry (2009)

Sally dreams of opening her own beauty salon and it's up to the player to help her. Sally begins with...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Salmon Run can be thought of as Alley Salmon - like the same programmer's Alley Cat you play an animal...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

This game takes place in a saloon, and the only objective is to score the most points in the time...

Saltwater Sportfishing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

Saltwater Sportfishing does not focus on the omnipresent Black Bass, but let's you travel to exotic locations and go for...

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