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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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Superman Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1978)

The Man of Steel takes flight in his first video game adaptation. When Lex Luthor destroys the Metropolis bridge, Clark...

Superman NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

In this Jump'n Run, you take on the role of the Man of Steel and must free Metropolis from criminals...

Game Boy (1997)

Superman is a sidescrolling action game starring DC Comics' titular Man of Steel. It features character designs based on Superman:...

Superman Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Superman is a single player, action based platformer for the Sega Genesis. As the Man of Steel, you jump, punch...

Arcade (1988)

Clark Kent runs along the screen and pulls off his coat and underneath he becomes Superman for some serious action...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Superman is once again in the thick of things as agents from the planet Apokolips arrive on Earth to bring...

Superman Returns PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and Xbox 360 (2006)

Superman Returns is based on the movie of the same name. You control the man himself as he flies around...

Nintendo DS (2006)

Based on the movie of the same name, Superman Returns puts you behind the cape of the man of steel...

Superman: Shadow of Apokolips PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2003)

Darkseid has joined forces with Lex Luthor, unleashing an army of robotic warriors on the city of Metropolis, and the...

V.Smile (2006)

Superman: The Greatest Hero is designed to teach 6 to 8-year-old children about maths, vocabulary and science. You take the...

Superman: The Man of Steel Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Two of Superman's biggest rivals, Brainiac 13 and Lex Luthor, have plans for world domination. It's nothing new for the...

Superman: The Man of Steel Game Gear Front Cover

Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

Superman: The Man of Steel is a side-scrolling platform game in which the player takes on the role of Superman.A...

Superman: The Man of Steel DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), Apple II (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

In this action game made under licensed from D.C. Comics, Inc. and First Star Software, Inc., you play as Superman...

Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Super Mario 3D Land is a three-dimensional platformer which takes cues from the series' side-scrolling instalments. Mario starts a point...

Super Mario 3D World Wii U Front Cover

Wii U (2013)

While having a walk in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Toad and Peach, and Luigi happen on one of the many...

Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1996) and Wii (2006)

Mario is invited to Peach's castle, but when he arrives Peach is nowhere to be seen. He soon learns from...

Super Mario 64 DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Mario, Luigi, and Wario have all gone to the Mushroom Palace for some of Princess Peach's famous home made cake....

Super Mario Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

This game consists of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. together in one Pak. There's all the running, jumping,...

Super Mario All-Stars SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Super Mario All-Stars is a collection of previously released Super Mario NES platform games. Each title is presented with its...

Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition is a special release of...

Super Mario Bros. Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1985), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2011), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1986)

The Princess has been kidnapped by the evil Bowser, and it is up to Mario and brother Luigi to save...

Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Front Cover

NES (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1988)

This release of Super Mario Bros. 2 is completely different from its original Japanese counterpart, originating in the West and...

Super Mario Bros. 2 NES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1986), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Wii U (2013)

The Princess has been kidnapped by King Koopa (again) and it's up to Mario and Luigi to save her (again)....

Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), NES (1988), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1990)

Bowser is back, and along with the Bowser kids, he's out to spoil Mario's day once again. This time, along...

Super Mario Bros. Crossover Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

The iconic 8-bit platformer Super Mario Bros. is a frequent well to draw game mash-up inspiration from (exhibit a, exhibit...

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