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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Nintendo DS (2009)

The Mushroom Kingdom is stricken with a horrible disease known as 'The Blorbs'! Princess Toadstool calls a meeting to discuss...

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The famous Mario Brothers return in this sequel to the humorous Superstar Saga. In this adventure, Princess Peach takes a...

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and Wii U (2014)

Princess Peach's voice has been stolen by Cackletta and replaced with explosives! Mario and Luigi with the help of Bowser...

The Marionette Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Marionette is an adventure game about the struggling sculptor Martin who tries to make a living in the city....

Mario Party Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Mario Party is a party game for 1 to 4 players. The festivities are based on a board game format,...

Mario Party 2 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999) and Wii (2010)

Mario and a range of well known Nintendo characters, including Yoshi, Bowser, Luigi, and Wario return for some more party...

Mario Party 3 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

The series continues with a set of 70 new mini-games. Play in the new single-player Story mode, or bring in...

Mario Party 4 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

The fourth entry in the Mario Party series features 5 new game boards and over 50 new mini games. Part...

Mario Party 5 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

This is the fifth entry in the Mario Party series and features similar gameplay as its predecessors. Up to four...

Mario Party 6 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

This new Mario Party has a twist. Along with the four-player party action that is expected with the board game...

Mario Party 7 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

Mario and his friends need a break from fighting evil and saving the world; so they decided to go on...

Mario Party 8 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Mario and friends are invited to the Star Carnival. Of course, they are thrilled to join. Whoever wins the main...

Mario Party 9 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

Like its predecessors, Mario Party 9 is a board-game-style party game starring Mario and friends. There are around 80 minigames...

Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Wii U (2014)

The first portable incarnation of the Mario Party series, Mario Party Advance shakes things up quite a bit on the...

Mario Party DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Mario Party DS continues the Mario Party gameplay on the Nintendo DS. It is a multiplayer game played as a...

Arcade (2009)

Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher is an arcade medal game based on Mario Party 8. Up to 16 players...

Arcade (2013)

Mario Party: Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher 2 is the sequel to Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher. Like the original,...

Arcade (2007)

Mario Party Kurukuru! Carnival is an arcade entry in the Mario Party series. It is based on the Nintendo Wii...

Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004) and Wii U (2014)

This is the standard "Bowser has kidnapped the Princess, and Mario must rescue her" story. In this case, the Princess...

Arcade (1991)

Mario Roulette is an arcade medal game based on Super Mario World. After an instructional video, a game based on...

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

The two franchises meet again to tie in with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. There are 21 playable...

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

The 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has some key differences from the Wii...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

After years of "who is the best" speculation among fans, Mario and Sonic finally meet up to see who is...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In this DS adaptation of the Wii title, Sega and Nintendo's characters appear in the same game for the first...

Wii (2010)

Mario Sports Mix is a collection of over-the-top arcade-style sports simulations based on characters from the Mario franchise and other...

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