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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Browser (2006)

As an online spin-off of the Matrix series, Matrix Rampage puts you in the shoes of Neo, the main character...

Matta Blatta Supervision Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1988) and Supervision (1992)

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Matterhorn Screamer! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1988) and Apple II (1988)

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Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

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Browser (2007)

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Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), Game Boy (1998), SNES (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Disney's Donald Duck takes the starring role in this sidescrolling platform game. As the detective Maui Mallard, he's on the...

Maverick Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Maverick is an action game with retro-style graphics. The player controls a cowboy who must make his way through 15...

Maverick Bird Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

Maverick Bird is a fangame based on Flappy Bird with the visual aesthetics of the developer's previous game Super Hexagon....

The Maw: Brute Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Brute Force is a downloadable content (DLC) for The Maw, continuing the story after the Bulb Valley level, which features:...

The Maw: River Redirect Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

River Redirect is a downloadable content (DLC) for The Maw, continuing the story after the Bulb Valley level, which features:...

The Maw: Speeder Lane Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

Speeder Lane is a downloadable content (DLC) for The Maw, continuing the story after the Mesas level, which features: Maw...

The Maw Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

The Maw starts with a galactic bounty hunter space ship crash landing on an exotic planet. The only survivors are...

Game Boy (1992)

In Max, sequel to The Adventures of Star Saver, the player takes control over Max and has to save the...

Windows (2002)

Max 2 is a simple freeware 2D platform shooter. Aliens kidnapped the protagonist's wife, Jane. Max has only one hour...

Maximo: Ghosts to Glory PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

You control the fate of the gallant Maximo, who returns home to find his kingdom in shambles. Your once-trusted advisor,...

Maximo vs Army of Zin PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Years ago, Lord Morgan Hawkmoor and his army battled a deadly enemy powered by neverending souls. The only way they...

Maximum Chase Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

In this forever pursuit of a game, you play as a cop who has just got off duty. In a...

Maximum Force PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Arcade (1997)

Maximum Force is the follow up to Area 51, however, this time around instead of shooting up aliens, the player...

Maximum Rescue Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The "Maximum" series from Global Star bundles two full version games into one value priced package. Maximum Rescue contains two...

Max Injury iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Max Injury lets the player use the touch screen in order to launch and guide a crash test dummy named...

MAX / Magic World Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1997)

This is a compilation of the following games: MAX - is an arcade game. The main character of the game...

Max Pak DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Accolade put this 3 game compilation together just in time for Christmas 1990. It contains 3 of the best selling...

Max Payne Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2001), Xbox 360 (2009), Macintosh (2002), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Max Payne was a police officer of the New York City police. On one terrible day, his wife and newborn...

Max Payne Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Max Payne's family died. Now he's out for revenge. In the tradition of the original PC hit, Max Payne on...

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Two years have passed since Max Payne first embarked on his desperate quest for revenge. Returning to his former position...

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