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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John Elway's Quarterback PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), NES (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

In John Elway's Quarterback, it's one player vs. the computer or two human players going head-to-head in single-game American football...

Johnny Bazookatone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and 3DO (1996)

The original guitar hero with the Elvis attitude and purple hair pompadour, Johnny Bazookatone, has been imprisoned in the year...

BREW (2004) and J2ME (2004)

You play Johnny Crash, a young man who loves performing crazy stunts. Each level starts with Johnny in a canon....

BREW (2006), J2ME (2005) and DoJa (2006)

In this sequel to the original Johnny Crash, the stunts have a Texas flavor. You play a young man, Johnny...

Johnny Mnemonic Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Johnny Mnemonic is based on William Gibson's short story and a subsequent movie of the same name. The game's plot...

Johnny Platform Saves Christmas! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Johnny Platform is back, and this time there's a Christmas that needs saving! More evil robots have appeared, and it's...

Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Johnny Platform's Biscuit Romp is pretty much exactly what the title suggests: a man named Johnny jumps around on Platforms,...

John Romero's Daikatana Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Nintendo 64 (2000)

Hiro Miyamoto is a martial arts instructor and a member of an ancient clan of fighters. One day he learns...

Game Boy Color (2000)

Hiro Miyamoto, the leader of the Miyamoto clan of martial artists, meets one day a stranger who brings bad news....

John Woo presents Stranglehold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

A new triad gang called the Golden Kane is gaining strength in Hong Kong and starts to openly threaten the...

John Woo presents Stranglehold (Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

This Collector's Edition includes: John Woo presents Stranglehold Poetry in Slow Motion: behind-the-scenes documentary Extended cinematic sequences Video showing the...

Joint Operations: Escalation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Joint Operations: Escalation is an expansion pack to NovaLogic's massively multiplayer modern warfare game Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising.Escalation (as its...

Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising is mainly a multiplayer modern warfare game. With as much as 150 players (although 64-128 players...

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Can you handle the power of the Stand?In the far future in Italy, the son of the evil vampire Dio,...

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Arcade (1998)

Based on the Japanese manga/anime of the same name, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a 2D fighter from Capcom. Take on...

Windows Mobile (2005)

In Joker's Quest you control Joker, a little clown fish on his journey trough puzzle-filled levels. The princess has been...

Jonah Barrington's Squash Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

For many years this was the only squash game in existence, and it's licensed by one of the top stars...

Jonathan Kane: The Protector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Hidden Target is a hybrid of first-person shooting action and tense third-person stealth gaming.When a new terrorist organization (Scarlet Vengeance)...

Jonny Moseley Mad Trix Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Jonny Moseley Mad Trix is an extreme skiing game, in the vein of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Dave Mirra...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Based on the TV cartoon character Jonny Quest, you take the role of Jonny in this flick screen arcade adventure...

Jonny Quest: Curse of the Mayan Warriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Jonny Quest is an action-adventure game with beat-em-up sequences.This game is based on the Hanna-Barbera animation series The Adventures of...

Jonny RPG Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Created by Jonathan Smeby, Jonny RPG is a humorous depiction of the developer's life with predominantly fantastic and surreal elements,...

Windows (1996)

You are Josephine. An assassin that has to complete missions for her agency. The game is a first person shooter...

Joshua & the Battle of Jericho DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Game Boy (1993), Genesis (1994) and NES (1992)

In this game the player controls Joshua, the leader of the Jewish people after the death of Moses. Joshua must...

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

This digital special edition contains: Journal (DRM free + Steam version) Digital soundtrack Digital wallpapers

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