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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Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2002)

Aliens have invaded earth, bringing with them a collection of deadly monsters bent on destruction of the land they stand...

Godzilla: Domination! Game Boy Advance Front Cover Atari Hot Series

Game Boy Advance (2002)

6 of the biggest, baddest, meanest monsters on the planet are ready for battle in this isometric pocket fighter based...

Dreamcast (1998)

In Godzilla Generations you play as either Godzilla or Mechagodzilla and have to rage havoc in the city and fend...

Dreamcast (1999)

Godzilla Generations: Maximum Impact is a sequel to the Dreamcast launch title Godzilla Generations. Both are based on the famous...

Godzilla: Monster of Monsters NES Front Cover

NES (1988)

In the year 2XXX A.D., Earth is under attack from the aliens of Planet X. Armed with monsters of terrible...

Godzilla Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Based on the Hollywood remake of the same name, Godzilla Online was a multiplayer-only action game for the GameStorm service....

Game Boy Color (1999)

Godzilla: The Series is based off the TV show on Fox, which was in turn based off the 1998 film...

Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars is the second game based on the animated TV series Godzilla: The Series. Godzilla...

Godzilla: Unleashed PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Godzilla: Unleashed is a fighting game featuring 23 of the classic Toho monsters from the past, including some brand new...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash is a side-scrolling action game. The story is about a giant crystal meteor hitting the earth,...

PlayStation 2 (2000)

The first PS2 title in the Ganbare Goemon series, Goemon: Bōken Jidai Katsugeki aims to re-invent the Goemon series once...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

A sequel of sorts of Ganbare Goemon: Shin Sedai Shūmei, New Age Shutsudō takes you back to the world of...

Goemon's Great Adventure Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Goemon and his friends return in this side-scrolling sequel to Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. Bismaru, who looks like Goemon's friend...

PlayStation (2001)

Yet another entry in the Ganbare Goemon action/platformer series, you once again step in the shoes of the wily adventurer...

DOS (1991)

Goferpop is a 2D 50K shooting game in which the player shoots gophers that pop out of the ground. The...

Atari 2600 (2005)

Go Fish! is inspired by the game Shark! Shark!. You are a small fish in a big ocean and you...

SNES (1994)

Ackman is not what one would call a good person. His job is to murder and steal souls for the...

SNES (1995)

Go Go Ackman 2 is mostly the same as its predecessor, with a few small tweaks. The angel Tenshi is...

SNES (1995)

Yet again Tenshi is hard at work on finding a way to kill off Ackman for good. But, what's this,...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

It's football with a unique twist. David Beckham is called on to save Soccer Island from the evil Mister Woe,...

Go! Go! Break Steady Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Go! Go! Break Steady is a rhythm game similar to Boom Boom Rocket combined with the circle puzzles of the...

Go-Go Gourmet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Henry, the grandfather of a cook apprentice called Ginger, goes around the world searching for recipes, leaving his niece to...

Go-Go Gourmet: Chef of the Year Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

An American chef called Ginger Sanderland must beat other contestants in a cook competition around the world, to win the...

Go! Go! Hypergrind GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Among animation studios a link exists to a realm known as the "Toon World". This world is inhabited by, of...

Go! Go! Kokopolo: Harmonious Forest Revenge Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2011) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Go! Go! Kokopolo: Harmonious Forest Revenge is an arcade-style, puzzle-action game, in which the player takes on the role of...

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