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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Game Boy Advance (2006)

Justice League Heroes: The Flash is a handheld spin-off of Justice League Heroes. You play as The Flash in a...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

The Justice league, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter, must combine their strengths to...

Justice League Task Force SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

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Just Shoot Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2013)

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Browser (2013)

Just the Tip is a fast-paced game for two players going head-to-head in a single arena made for the January...

PlayStation (1999)

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Windows (2008)

K2 is a futuristic third-person shooter set in space with colourful graphics. It is the sequel to K, an abstract...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Ka 2 is the Japanese-exclusive sequel to Mister Mosquito. Once again, the player assumes the role of a mosquito that...

Kaan: Barbarian's Blade  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Kaan: Barbarian's Blade is a 3D action game in which the titular protagonist must recover the stolen Orb of Hope...

Supervision (1992)

Kabi-Island is a top-down action game that plays like Bomberman. Each stage is filled with blocks and enemies, both of...

Kaboom! Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1981), Atari 5200 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

The mad bomber is on the loose! As he races back and forth at the top of the screen, you...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

Kabuki Ittōryōdan is set in the Tengai Makyō universe, and is a spin-off of Fūun Kabuki Den. There is no...

Kabuki Klash Neo Geo CD Front Cover

Neo Geo (1995), Neo Geo CD (1995) and Arcade (1995)

Kabuki Klash is a 2D fighting game that features characters from the Japanese role-playing series Tengai Makyō, also known as...

Kabuki: Quantum Fighter NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

In this futuristic platform game, a computer virus has affected the Earth's defense systems. A lone warrior is transferred into...

Kabuki Warriors Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2001)

Kabuki Warriors is a sword-fighting samurai game where you travel from city to city to fight enemy Kabuki teams. Every...

Arcade (1988)

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Windows (2006)

The story of this game tells about the year 2000 when most of the people became servants to a mysterious...

Kacper Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1994)

Kacper is a platform adventure game. Kacper's fiancée was kidnapped and imprisoned in the castle. The player must find a...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

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DOS (1992)

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Kaeru no tame ni Kane wa Naru Nintendo 3DS Front Cover Icon

Game Boy (1992) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Prince Richard and Prince Sablé have been rivals since they were young. When news arrives of a princess in a...

NES (1988)

Kaette Kita Mario Bros. is an upgraded Famicom Disk System version of the first NES port of the arcade game...

Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman: The Shooting PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Gatchaman: The Shooting is a vertical shoot 'em up based on the Japanese manga/anime with the same name (Known as...

Kageki Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991) and Arcade (1988)

Ka•Ge•Ki is a slightly-angled 3rd person beat-'em-up set around underground fighting matches a la Pit-Fighter in which you must take...

Sharp X1 (1983)

Kagirinaki Tatakai is a vertically structured platform shooter. The player controls a character whose goal is to descend as deep...

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