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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iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

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Apple II (1984)

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Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

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Leave Home Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Leave Home is an abstract space shooter with a game session of a fixed length. The challenge is in scoring...

Leaving Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

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Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In Leavin' Teramis the titular space ship gets conquered by aliens. The whole crew has managed to flee - except...

PlayStation (1999)

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PlayStation (1999)

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Lederzwerge Deluxe XXL Version Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

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L.E.D. Storm Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Arcade (1988)

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Game Boy Advance (2002)

In Leek Game you play a Farfetch'd protecting its crop of leeks from never-ending hordes of ravenously hungry Pokémon. You...

Left 4 Dead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and Macintosh (2010)

In Left 4 Dead, four humans, Francis, Zoey, Bill, and Louis, had the bad luck to land in the middle...

Left 4 Dead 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Left 4 Dead 2 takes place one week after the events of the first game and three weeks after the...

Windows (2010)

This compilation includes: Left 4 Dead 2 Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing DLC Left 4 Dead 2: Sacrifice DLC...

Left 4 Dead: Crash Course Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

This expansion to Left 4 Dead, unlike the free Survival Pack previously released, costs 560 MS Points for Xbox 360...

Left 4 Dead: Game of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

This new edition of Left 4 Dead include the original game and the expansion Survival Pack.

Windows (2008)

The collector's edition released in Russia. Includes these items: Left 4 Dead DVD with additional content. Zombie fight guide. Keyholder....

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Left 4 Dead: Survival Pack is a free DLC for Left 4 Dead. It adds a new multiplayer-mode: Survival. On...

Windows (2010)

This is a release of Left 4 Dead, with pre-installed free DLC Left 4 Dead: Survival Pack and Left 4...

Left 4K Dead Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Inspired by Left 4 Dead, Left 4K Dead is a browser game developed for the 2009 Java4K competition where designers...

Legacy of Kain: Defiance Windows Front Cover

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

Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Raziel and Kain were trapped in the Serafan fortress. Separated...

Legacy of Kain: Defiance (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Special Edition of Legacy of Kain: Defiance includes:Legacy of Kain: Defiance Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 Legacy of...

The Legacy of Kain Series: Blood Omen 2 Windows Front Cover

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

Following the events of Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, over 200 years the vampire Kain has assembled an army of...

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

One thousand five hundred years after the events of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, the vampire Kain's decision at the...

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