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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Grave Prosperity: Volume 1 - Part 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

This is the first part of Grave Prosperity, a survival horror game with faux 3D (3D characters move against a...

Browser (2008)

Darkness fell upon the land of Fairosel, darkness dressed in... white. The evil necromancer White Warlock has to be stopped,...

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Fantasy Football where monsters pummel each other and dodge landmines to make touchdowns!

Browser (2010)

Graveyard Graveyard Revolution is a mash-up of Dance Dance Revolution and The Graveyard. It was created in two hours for...

Gravitar Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983) and Arcade (1982)

The evil being called Gravitar is out attempting to destroy the universe! With each galaxy he conquers he leaves behind...

Gravitation Linux Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

As with Jason Rohrer's previous game Passage, Gravitation is an autobiographical game and it has a similar visual style. No...

DOS (1992)

Graviton is a space shooting game with vector graphics, based on the arcade game Gravitar. The object is to conquer...

Windows (2006)

Gravitron is a side-scrolling game in the style of Thrust and Lunar Lander. The objective is to navigate a spaceship...

Gravity Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Gravity is an isometric-perspective action game whose gameplay centers around maneuvering a spaceship around a three-dimensional isometric grid in an...

Windows (1995)

Gravity is a shareware, single-player, space shooter that is keyboard or joystick controlled.The game starts with the player piloting a...

Windows (2003)

Gravity Fight is based around controlling a ship which can rotate, thrust in the direction it is facing, fire bullets...

Gravity Force Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Gravity Force is a game of dexterity. Your task is to pilot a small spaceship through a series of mazes...

DOS (2000) and Windows (2000)

A remake of the Amiga/Atari ST game from 1989 (see Gravity Force).With a similar control scheme and feel to Thrust,...

Amiga (1994)

GF2, as it is known to its friends, is one of the most advanced cave-flyers available. Borrowing its name and...

Browser (2008)

Gravity Hook is a pixel-based vertical scrolling game where the player attempts to use a futuristic grappling hook to climb...

Gravity Hook HD Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Gravity Hook HD is a remake of the 2008 browser game Gravity Hook. It is a pixel-based vertical scrolling game...

Amiga (1995)

Gravity Power was a specially licensed version of Gravity Force II for the staff of Amiga Power magazine. As such...

Gravity Rush PS Vita Front Cover

PS Vita (2012)

Gravity Rush is an action game set in a free open world to be explored. The game's story is set...

Gravity Shmavity iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

An "endless" style game in the spirit of games like Tetris, but using light physics and quirky, off-beat humor. Features...

Windows (1997)

Gravity Well is a strategic war game of planetary conquest with arcade elements. It can be played in 'Solitaire' mode...

Gravortex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Gravortex is a 2D version of the Portal concept. In 20 levels all played on a single screen, the player...

The Great Circus Mystery starring Mickey & Minnie SNES Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1994) and Genesis (1994)

Starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the two plan to spend the day at the Circus only to find that it's...

J2ME (2008)

Great Elude is a 3D game where the player commands a hijacked supersonic aircraft that has to escape from an...

Atari 2600 (1983)

In the space shooter, you move your ship by moving the joystick in the direction you want to go. You...

The Great Escape DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Great Escape is an isometric action-adventure game. Controlling a prisoner of war in a German camp, your goal is...

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