User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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 Italian Job PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

Based on the movie remake of the 1969 film, The Italian Job is the story of a gang of thieves...

It Came from the Desert DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1989)

It Came From the Desert is an action-adventure game that derives its inspiration from the many cult-horror B-Movies of the...

It Came from the Desert TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

It Came from the Desert is a remake of the the original 1989 Amiga game of the same name, but...

It Came from the Desert II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

Antheads: It Came from the Desert II is an add-on for It Came From the Desert. The story takes place...

The Itchy & Scratchy Game SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Game Gear (1995)

They fight! and fight! and fight, and fight, and fight!... Itchy & Scratchy, from The Simpsons, are a cat and...

Game Boy (1994)

This unusual title is based on a cartoon within a cartoon: The Itchy and Scratchy show from The Simpsons. In...

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

It's a Knockout is based on the TV show of the same game. Players, each representing a an European country,...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Otto and Bobban, two cowboy cleaners have been hired by a new hotel to clean it before the staff and...

Commodore 64 (1997)

It's Magic is a jump 'n run game about a tomcat called, well, Tommy who is trying to get back...

Itsy the Spider iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Itsy the Spider has only one goal: get as high as possible. And to fulfill that goal, he requires the...

It Takes Two Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

A cat and dog uncharacteristically join forces during unusual weather, some of their respective species' most favorite tasty treats tumbling...

Ittle Dew Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), Wii U (2014) and Ouya (2013)

In Ittle Dew, the player takes control over Ittle Dew who strands on a remote island together with her sidekick...

Ivan Drago! Browser Front Cover Newgrounds release

Browser (2006)

Ivan Drago! is a browser game dedicated to the Rocky Balboa movies - only here, the main character of this...

Ivanhoe Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

A scrolling beat 'em up along the lines of the Streets of Rage series. Our hero is armed with a...

Windows (1999)

In I've Got Some Balls! you control a marble and your goal is to collect all the diamonds from the...

Odyssey 2 (1979)

In this math/logic game, two players compete against each other trying to solve equations.Two sets of orbiting symbols are presented...

Ivy the Kiwi? Wii Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010), Wii (2010), iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Ivy the Kiwi? takes place in the Quiet Forest. One day, an egg falls from the sky, and from that...

Windows (2010)

Inspired by I Wanna Be The Guy, I Wanna Be The Boshy is a "trapformer" in which a single player...

I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie - The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The player is the Kid -- a rather diminutive, yet very ambitious character, whose goal in life is to gain...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Poor Teddy the bear. He's just had a bad dream and wants a hug from his mommy. Help Teddy climb...

I-War Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

The giant supercomputer that controls the world's information has been infected with viruses. You must enter the virtual world known...

I was an Atomic Mutant! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Take on the role of an atomic mutant and destroy pitiful humans and their cities in this tribute to 50's...

Windows (2008)

This war, like so many before, is fought against soldiers, bombs, tanks and helicopters. The difference though, is the battlefield...

I wish I were the Moon Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

I wish I were the Moon is the first game in the Moon Stories trilogy and it is a short...

Commodore 64 (1987)

A highly explosive and pretty logo has fell off the Empire's flagship and landed in a soap-bubble factory splitting into...

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