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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Magic Carpet Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Magic Carpet Plus: Magic Carpet (base game) Hidden Worlds expansion (add-on)In Europe, this version was made available as a re-release...

Magic Carpet: The Hidden Worlds DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The Hidden Worlds is Bullfrog's add-on to Magic Carpet. It features tougher missions and computer opponents in new landscapes with...

Magic Dimension Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1993)

Magic Dimension is an arcade game. The game begins in the street with several buildings. The player can visit each...

CD-i (1995)

Magic Eraser is a graphical puzzle action game. The game features six famous Russian paintings that are spotted with ink....

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Your enemy have designed a new fighter craft, the Moth. The only prototype is held in a network of caves...

NES (1990)

Merlwood was once a land of peace and prosperity. The people lived in harmony with one another and with their...

Magician Lord Neo Geo Front Cover SOFT CASE edition

Neo Geo (1991), PSP (2011), Neo Geo CD (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), Wii (2007) and Arcade (1990)

Magician Lord puts you in charge of Elta, a wizard who has the task of collecting eight books of wisdom...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

A once prosperous land inhabited by an evil wizard has stayed uninhabited long after he left. There are tales though...

Magicka Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Magicka is an action game with minor RPG elements set in the fantasy world Midgård, based on Norse mythology. In...

Magicka: Marshlands Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Magicka: Marshlands is the second mission expansion for Magicka and the third commercial add-on. It requires the original game to...

Windows (2011)

Mea Culpa is the second piece of DLC released for Magicka and it integrates seamlessly with the game. It was...

Magicka: Nippon DLC Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Nippon DLC is a small add-on for Magicka and integrates seamlessly with the base game. It was named for the...

Magicka: Vietnam Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Magicka: Vietnam is the first mission expansion for Magicka and the second commercial add-on. It requires the original game to...

Magicka: Wizard's Survival Kit Windows Front Cover First version

Windows (2011)

Wizard's Survival Kit is an add-on for Magicka and integrates seamlessly with the game. It was provided for free along...

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Magic Keys is an action game similar to Robotron: 2084. The player is controlling a man who has to clear...

Magic Knight Rayearth SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

The balance in the magical world of Cefiro is supported by the prayers of the lovely princess Emerald. When the...

Magic Knight Rayearth (Limited Edition) SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1995)

This game is the limited edition of the Saturn version of Magic Knight Rayearth. The limited edition consists of the...

Magicland Dizzy Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Dizzy, the egg protagonist, is back in his fourth installment: Magicland Dizzy. The land has been corrupted by an evil...

Magic Lanterns Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Magic Lanterns is the second game released by Boomzap, a small Singaporean developer of casual games. Like their first game,...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You control a witch who has the job of recovering four magic scrolls that were stolen from Neverland by Colo,...

Amiga (1989)

In Magic Marble, the player takes the role of Marvin who has to find a new Grytzl for the marble...

DOS (1994)

Magic Maycabs is based on the classic BBC Micro game Magic Mushrooms. However, the player controls a car in this...

Magic & Mayhem for Heretic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Magic & Mayhem for Heretic is a commercial CD-ROM package containing over 1500 levels for Heretic. The CD-ROM includes Doom-It,...

ZX Spectrum (1983)

The plot is that you're a good wizard called Meltec, who turns lead into gold. For plot related reasons all...

Magic Micro Mission Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

TV-spin-off derived from the title sequence of the Central ITV series 'Magic Micro Mission' broadcast in six UK regions in...

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