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 (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), VIC-20 (1983) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

This is a collection of three mini-games designed to drill in some basic reading and typing skills to the young...

Kids Pack Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Kids Pack is a compilation for children by Alternative Software. It is containing different games for the 8-bit and 16-bit...

NES (1986)

Princess Kilala, from the Kingdom of Rabia, has been summoned to Japan to have a discussion about a medicine that...

KiKi KaiKai MSX Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990), MSX (1987), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1986)

The youngest child of a mysteriously disappeared family didn't join the family on a journey to a far and unknown...

NES (1987)

A port of the arcade shooter of the same name, Kiki Kaikai Dotou Hen puts you in the shoes of...

Kiki the Nano Bot Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Kiki the Nano Bot is a freeware, open-source puzzle game with 3D graphics, described by the developer as a combination...

Wii (2012)

Kiki Trick is best described as a sound-based collection of mini-games. It has an eclectic art design fusing a blend...

SNES (1992)

Kikou Keisatsu Metal Jack is a scrolling brawler based on the anime of the same name. At the start of...

Kikstart 2 Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Based around the Kikstart TV show, the game allows you to recreate all those death-defying stunts in the comparative safety...

Kileak: The DNA Imperative PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Scientist Dr. Kim has taken his experiments in genetic engineering one step too far. A strike team of the International...

Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Killapede is a shooter based on the arcade game Centipede where you have to shoot a centipede like creature which...

Atari ST (1988)

Killdozers is a tank based game where you have to make your way to deliver a scientist prisoner and then...

Killego Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Killego puts the player behind the gun of a Lego Assassin who must transverse a maze and kill the many...

Windows (1996)

The beets are invading! The beets are invading! In Killer, it's up to you to kill all of the killer...

Killer7 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and GameCube (2005)

In an alternate version of the Earth's history, a treaty was signed in the early 21st century, during which all...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

In the dark future the new brutal sports game will be invented - Killerball - a blend of American Football,...

Windows (1998)

Killer Bees is a single player shoot 'em up. The game is like many space based shoot 'em ups such...

Killer Bees! Videopac+ G7400 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1983) and Videopac+ G7400 (1983)

The Beebots from the insect civilization of BEM are invading the Earth, protected by swarms of Killer Bees, and it's...

Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1984)

Killer Gorilla is a four stage platform game set on a building construction site. Stages consist of girders, ladders, conveyor...

Killerhuhn 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Killerhuhn 3D is a Moorhuhn variant. The basic gameplay is still the same: The player has a gun and shoots...

Killer Instinct Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1995), SNES (1995) and Arcade (1994)

In the distant future, a monopolistic and technological corporation called Ultratech organizes a fighting tournament known as "Killer Instinct". Many...

Killer Instinct Xbox One Front Cover

Xbox One (2013)

Killer Instinct is a one-on-one side-scrolling fighting game and the third main game in the series. Set several years after...

Killer Instinct Gold Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1996)

An updated conversion of Killer Instinct 2 from the arcades, all of the fighters, moves and stages are available (including...

Killer is Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Killer is Dead is an action game that is no sequel to Killer7 or the No More Heroes series by...

Killer Loop Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999) and Dreamcast (2000)

If you need an adrenaline rush, Killer Loop might be just your thing: Step into your magnetic glider and race...

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