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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The Summoning DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and PC-98 (1994)

The Summoning is a single-character fantasy role-playing adventure, set inside a huge labyrinth with 40 different levels and hordes of...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Third game in the Summon Night "Swordcraft" action-RPG spin-offs. You take the role of a young craftsknight (a combination of...

Summon Night Ex-thèse: Yoake no Tsubasa PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

A spin-off to the Summon Night strategy-RPG games, SN Ecstasy is an action-RPG in which you have direct real-time control...

Summon Night Granthese: Horobi no Tsurugi to Yakusoku no Kishi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2010)

Long, long ago, the world was bound together on one great continent, but through years of war and strife, the...

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Three years after your father was lost, you are an apprentice Craftknight. A tournament is held to find the next...

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

You are a male or female apprentice Craftknight and the Edge Fencer. It is your job to protect the seal...

The Sum of All Fears Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2003)

The Sum of all Fears is a first person shooter game reminiscent of the Rogue Spear series. It's from the...

The Sum of All Fears Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Sum of all Fears is a shooter reminiscent of Rogue Spear. The look and feel is alike, although it's...

Game Boy (1991)

Despite what the title may indicate, Sumo Fighter is not a sports game but a side-scrolling platformer. The player takes...

Browser (2000)

Sumpfhuhn is a shooter similar to the popular German game Moorhuhn. The player shoots chickens which fly over the screen....

Commodore 64 (1988)

Sunburst is a top-down, multiscrolling shooter in which players take control of a space ship and travel through several sun...

NES (1995)

This unlicensed title contains three different games, not released separately: Sunday Funday, Fishfall and 4HIM: The Ride.Sunday Funday is an...

Sunday Lawn Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007), iPhone (2009) and Android (2013)

In this game your task is mow the 8 lawns in your neighborhood as fast an efficiently as possible. The...

PSP (2009)

Sunday vs Magazine is a crossover fighting game featuring dozens of characters from two of Japan's most popular shonen manga...

SunDog: Frozen Legacy Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1985) and Apple II (1984)

You just inherited a one-man star freighter - the SunDog - from an uncle who died under mysterious circumstances. You...

Sunny Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sunny Ball is a game similar to Breakout, that contains classic and colorful levels. Like similar games the player controls...

Sunset Flavors Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

Sunset Flavors is a time management game where the goal is to serve cold drinks to thirsty customers at a...

Sunset Riders SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993) and Arcade (1991)

The Wild West...full of the criminal element. Sir Richard Rose, the most despicable face in the criminal lot, has enough...

Windows (2007)

Sunset Runner is an obstacle game created for the gamma 256 competition (Kokoromi/Montreal International Game Summit/Society for Arts). The player...

Sunshine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Sunshine is an experimental gameplay prototype similar in design to Phyta. The player uses the mouse to command a little...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Sunsoft Collection bundles SunSoft's only two games for the Neo-Geo platform:Galaxy Fight: Universal WarriorsWaku Waku 7Both games also include original...

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

In Sun Star the player takes control of a special space ship constructed to collect energy from 16 solar grids...

Sun vs. Moon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

The Moon has decided unilaterally that its little slice of night is quite simply not enough and that the time...

Dragon 32/64 (1988)

Supa Nova is a bit of a cross between two old Atari games; Asteroids and Missile Command. As in Missile...

Super Advanced Breakout Oric Front Cover

Oric (1983)

Super Advanced Breakout is a Breakout variant: you have a pad (in this case a purple rectangle), a ball, and...

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