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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DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

First computerised version of the novel written by Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth is a mix...

Journey to the Centre of the Earth Windows Front Cover

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

This adaptation of Jules Verne's book includes the book itself (fully illustrated and including animations, music and sound), as well...

DOS (1994)

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth! is a single player game which has nothing to do with the Jules...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

In Journey to the Planets, you play a spacefarer who must find a way to return to his home planet....

Joust Lynx Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Lynx (1992), NES (1987), Atari ST (1986), Atari 2600 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 7800 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1983), Palm OS (2002), Xbox 360 (2005), Macintosh (1994) and Arcade (1982)

In Joust, players take control of a knight with a lance who rides their flying ostrich (or stork, for Player...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Joust is jousting game in which two players must joust it out on horses. Players can control the location of...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Jouste is a side view single screen game inspired by the arcade game Joust where you are the Queen's Champion...

Windows (1998), Atari 2600 (2004) and Palm OS (1999)

This is a variation on the classic game Pong that adds flapping wings to your paddles. You must press your...

DOS (1990)

A colourful but resource-efficient unauthorised fan remake of an arcade classic, all of the salient elements remain from the absurd...

Joy Mecha Fight NES Front Cover

NES (1993), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

The evil scientist Warunachi has hacked all the otherwise peaceful robots in Japan and now plans to launch an attack...

Jr. Pac-Man DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Atari 2600 (1987) and Arcade (1983)

Jr. Pac-Man features gameplay similar to the original Pac-Man, but with a few changes. As Jr., you need to eat...

J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Volume One SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - Volume One is a video game adaptation of the famous book, which is...

JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

A follow up to the Dreamcast title Jet Grind Radio. The setting is Tokyo in the year 2024. Freedom is...

Judge Dredd DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Game Boy (1995), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

Judge Dredd is a platform action game based on the British comic book character of the same name and the...

Judge Dredd PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and PS Vita (2012)

Trouble in Mega-City One: An unidentified perpetrator has taken hostages, including the mayor. Attempts to apprehend him have already led...

Judge Dredd Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

You are Judge Dredd. Your job is to track down unsolved crimes in Mega City and solve them. To do...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Just another day for Judge Dredd in Mega City One as he fights crime and tries to return the city...

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death Windows Front Cover

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

Judge Dredd is back. The comic book character who acts as judge, jury, and executioner makes another video game appearance...

Judge Dredd Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Based on the original Judge Dredd pinball machine, this computer version adds some new things to the game to increase...

Judge Dredd vs Zombies Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2012)

Judge Dredd vs Zombies is an action game set in the post-apocalyptic and dystopian future of the eponymous 2000 AD...

Judgement Silversword: Rebirth Edition WonderSwan Color Front Cover

WonderSwan Color (2004)

In your space fighter, the S-AIXAK, you'll be going up against the minions of the Judgement Silversword. Starting from a...

Juggernaut Corps: First Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The Alliance has been invaded by an alien force named Species CAN-8932. The Council of Elders decreed that the Juggernaut...

Juggernaut: The New Story For Quake II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Some time in the future, refugees from earth have gone to colonize Callisto and Europa, both moons of Jupiter. The...

Supervision (1992)

Juggler is an action game where the player controls a magician who can create large floating bubbles. The object of...

Juice! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Juice! is a single player side scrolling game with 6 levels of intensity, where Edison, the Kinetic Android (the player's...

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