Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

G.I Joe is a side-scrolling action game where you can select 3 out of a possible 5 characters to complete...

G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Cobra Strike is an arcade style action game for one to three players. As G.I. Joe, you need to defend...

NES (1992)

Cobra, the evil villain, previous encounter with G.I. Joe ended with Cobra’s base been destroyed (as played in G.I. Joe:...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), PSP (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is based off of the 2009 blockbuster movie, but features a brand new storyline...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Gilbert: Escape from Drill is an action game based on the animation series Gilbert. Gilbert, a disgusting alien, has come...

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and Amstrad CPC (1984)

Gilligan's Gold is a flick-screen platform game based on the arcade game Bagman consisting of three screens as you try...

NES (1986)

Humans are currently getting sick and are dying from a devastating disease. The cure to the disease is said to...

Ginga Fukei Densetsu: Sapphire TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

In the future, time travel became a regular commodity. Criminal organizations began using advanced science in order to escape into...

MSX (1984)

Based on Nippon Sunrise's animation series of the eighties, your goal in Vifam is to guide your mothership to a...

Atari 2600 (2007)

Run, run, run! Fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! And I'm one tough cookie!You,...

Ginormo Sword Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Although it offers more direct gameplay, Ginormo Sword is basically a graphical interpretation of Progress Quest, a metagame like You...

Windows (2011)

Girl of War is a fast 3D shooter developed by five IDEC-UPF students as their master degree project and it...

Windows (2001)

Girlscamp is based on the not exactly successful German TV show. After choosing one of ten female candidates - no...

Girl's Garden SG-1000 Front Cover

SG-1000 (1984)

The simple little country girl Papri has a problem: her boyfriend Minto seems to show signs of interest towards another...

Browser (2011)

A spiritual successor of sorts to the developer's earlier QWOP, this one takes the physical feats out of the realm...

Gish Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004), J2ME (2009), Macintosh (2004) and BlackBerry (2009)

Gish is a platformer with a twist. You play a blob of tar named Gish (yes, I said a blob...

Give Up Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

In Give Up the player controls a character, shaped like the one on the public exit signs, through 40 single-screen...

Give Up, Robot Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Give Up, Robot is a twitchy platformer starring a robot that is woken up in a corrupted testing environment. He...

Give Up Robot 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Give Up Robot 2 is the sequel to Give Up, Robot and retains the core game mechanics. It is a...

Glacier Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Glacier you control a heavily armed sports-car (the "iceblade"), and your goal is to drive down the so-called "Mountain...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Defend the earth from an alien mother ship with a sinister plot to cover the surface of the planet with...

DOS (1995)

Gladiator resembles Gauntlet, set in medieval times. You must travel the forest and kill off all the monsters, collecting treasures...

Gladiator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Marcus of Massina was captured when Roman legionaries ransacked his village. Marcus was taken to Rome and sold as a...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Arcade (1986)

In Gladiator, the player controls a gladiator who must battle through a castle. The game is viewed from the side...

Commodore 64 (1993)

You are the best helicopter pilot there is and due to your heroics you are now part of the Gladiator...

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