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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Hot Wheels: Velocity X PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Game Boy Advance (2002) and GameCube (2002)

When a criminal gang of street-racing villains overtakes futuristic Monument City, you must put their driving skills and mean street...

Hot Wired Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Hot Wired is a game about high-end car heists. At the behest of a crime boss who has an endless...

The Houchi Play Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

The Houchi Play is a 2D side-scrolling title based on the popular real-life children's game Statues. The aim of the...

Hour of Victory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2007)

Hour of Victory is a World War II-themed first-person shooter from nFusion, the guys responsible for the Deadly Dozen series.Players...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

After collecting heaps of treasures from his previous two adventures, Jack and the Beanstalk and Giant's Revenge, Jack was able...

The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

This compilation bundles the following games: The House of the Dead 2 (Dreamcast) The House of the Dead III (Xbox)...

The House of the Dead 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1998)

The House of The Dead 2 is a conversion of Sega's popular light gun arcade game. In this game you...

The House of the Dead III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), Xbox (2002), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Arcade (2002)

Twenty years after the events of The House of the Dead II, Lisa Rogan and Agent G are desperately searching...

The House of the Dead: Overkill (Collector's Edition) Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

This collector's edition comes in a slipcase and contains: The House of the Dead: Overkill Graphic novel Prelude to an...

The House of the Dead: Overkill - Extended Cut PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011)

This extended cut is an updated version of the original Wii game The House of the Dead: Overkill reworked to...

The House of the Dead: Overkill Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Overkill is an episode of the zombie rail-shooter House of the Dead series specifically developed for the Wii controls. Players...

The House of the Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), SEGA Saturn (1998) and Arcade (1996)

House of the Dead is your basic rail shooter. Go through the branching levels and kill all the zombies, avoid...

Windows (1995)

Hover is a first person game set in an arena with hover cars. Hover was originally released with Windows 95...

Hover Ace Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Hover Ace is a futuristic arcade racer with guns.Player takes in control one of five types of hovercrafts (Bike, Scout,...

PC-88 (1985), Sharp X1 (1984) and FM-7 (1986)

Hover Attack is a multi-directional shooter in which the player has to transfer a mobile base through a hostile level...

Hover Bovver Commodore 64 Front Cover

Windows (2002), Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Your lawn needs mowing and your mower doesn't work. Now what? You look next door and see your neighbor's lawnmower....

Windows (2002) and Windows Mobile (2002)

You play Gordon Bennett. You have fifty lawns to mow, and your Flymo's not working. You have five neighbours, all...

Hoverforce DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Hoverforce takes place in the year 2050 where enemies known as 'alterants' have taken control of the city by distributing...

Intellivision (1986)

Terrorist forces have taken over the island city of New Seeburg. They are equipped with heavily armed combat helicopters, so...

Windows (1995)

A Fast-paced 3D online racing game. Compete against upto 7 players at a time, from just standard racing, to warring...

Hover Strike Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

Terrakian Pirates have taken over a colonized planet under Federation control. They've set up an atmospheric cannon, making invasion impossible....

Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

Unconquered Lands is the CD-ROM update to the Jaguar cartridge Hover Strike. This game is mostly similar to the cartridge,...

Hovertank One DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

One of many games developed by id to fulfill their contract with Softdisk.In Hovertank you play mercenary Brick Sledge, hired...

Windows (2008)

How is a short side-scrolling game where the player controls a girl who needs to collect balls and drop them...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In Howard the Cover the player takes the role of Howard who wants to impress his girlfriend. To do so,...

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