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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Jill of the Jungle: Jill Saves the Prince DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The final installment in the Jill of the Jungle trilogy features improved animations, new graphics, new music, new levels and...

Jill of the Jungle: The Complete Trilogy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This compilation is the complete trilogy, including:Jill of the JungleJill Goes UndergroundJill Saves the Prince

PlayStation (2002)

Based on the TV show of the same name, Bear in the Big Blue House invites players to Ojo's birthday...

Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure No. 1: "Chaos at the Carnival" DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), NES (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Apple II (1989)

Chaos at the Carnival is a collection of six arcade mini-games.Miss Piggy has been "pignapped" by the sinister Dr. Grump;...

Jim Henson's Muppets Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Rowlf, Gonzo the Great, Sam the Eagle and Swedish Chef all decide to travel back to the...

Jim Henson's Muppets Party Cruise PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and GameCube (2003)

The Muppets remember the fun times they had on their last vacation in this 4-player party game. This game follows...

SNES (1995)

Jim Lee's WildC.A.T.S: Covert Action Teams is based on the comic book heroes by Jim Lee. The players take control...

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SNES (1992), Lynx (1993), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Endorsed by famous tennis player, Jimmy Connors, this game offers tournament and single play on multiple court types.Using crosshairs, aim...

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Play as Nickelodeon's T.V. star Jimmy Neutron as he saves the day from aliens from outer space. Travel through six...

Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius / Rocket Power Extreme Arcade Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This compilation contains: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Rocket Power Extreme Arcade Games

Windows (2008)

This is the second Jimmy's Lost His... title by Petri Purho but the gameplay and graphics are entirely different in...

Jim Power in "Mutant Planet" TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1993) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Jim Power was a hero who one day while travelling through the forest, encountered a dimensional rift into a strange...

Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3D SNES Front Cover

DOS (1993) and SNES (1993)

In in this altered and expanded port of the original Amiga title, Earth has always blocked "The Lost Dimension" and...

Jinks Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 7800 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Jinks added a largely new concept to the Breakout type games, offering much freer paddle movement (both horizontally and vertically),...

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Jinmu Denshō is a game based on the style of Space Harrier where you play a Samurai who must run...

Commodore 64 (1984)

The Golden City is being run by the evil Ilfreet who lives in an inner sanctum surrounded by guards. Problem...

Jinx PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Jinx is a 3D platformer for the Playstation in the vein of other 3D platformers like Spyro. The main character...

J.J. & Jeff TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1987) and Wii (2007)

Kato & Ken Detective Agency are assigned the task of locating a missing rich man, and you can choose either...

Arcade (1993)

J. J. Squawkers is a 2D arcade platform game with colorful graphics. The player controls an anthropomorphic green bird (the...

NES (1987)

JJ - Tobidase Daisakusen Part 2 is the sequel to 3-D WorldRunner, and was only released in Japan. Once again,...

Joan of Arc: Siege & the Sword DOS Front Cover

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

In the 14th century, England has a presence in France, and as Charles, it's up to you to get rid...

Job Man Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Job Man is a promotional Pac-Man clone for the British newspaper Guardian.The figure moves on its own and the player...

Joe Blade Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Tough guy Joe Blade must rescue six respected leaders from the madcap Crax Bloodfinger, who has kidnapped them in different...

Joe Blade II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988), Electron (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

As Players Software correctly predicted, London in 1995 is an unfriendly unsafe city ran by thugs. Innocent civilians who leave...

Joe Cable iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Joe Cable is reflex-based game where players control the clumsy power technician Joe. When his ladder slips away, he finds...

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