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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Windows (2007) and Browser (2008)

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Windows (2008)

Minus is a short game developed for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. The player controls a small character that needs...

Browser (2009)

Minutemen is a 2d side-scrolling brawler designed as a tie-in with the 2009 Watchmen movie based on the comic book...

Minute to Win It Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

The game show Minute to Win It challenges contestants to complete unusual tasks using common items within 60 seconds. For...

SNES (1993)

Without warning Tomomi, Mikage and their friends are warped into a strange fantasy land. Now it's up to them to...

PlayStation (2003) and PS Vita (2012)

In Miracle Space Race you choose from one of eight different characters to try to win one of three available...

Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord SEGA Master System Front Cover

NES (1987), SEGA Master System (1987), MSX (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

In Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord, you have been asked to recover the Golden Seal which is being...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Mirage is a student project for the Futuregames Academy in Stockholm, Sweden. Set in a mysterious fantasy world, the player...

DOS (1993)

Mirage Thunder is a top-down vertical scrolling shooter in which player controls a spaceship that flies through complex formations of...

PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

The year is 720 of the Galactic Era. Humans have ventured into deep space and found they were not alone...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Mirai Shōnen Conan is based on Hayao Miyazaki's anime series Future Boy Conan, itself an adaptation of the novel The...

DOS (1990)

Jump into an F-18 fighter jet and take on enemies as you cruise over the ocean in Miramar, Jet Fighter...

Mirax Force Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1987)

Uridium is the obvious influence on this shooter, viewed from above and scrolling both left and right. As a member...

Mirror's Edge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Mirror's Edge is a first-person action game set in a dystopian society ruled by a totalitarian regime that exercises a...

Mirror's Edge iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

Following in the freeform footsteps of the original console release, Mirror's Edge on iPhone and iPad replaces the 1st person...

Mirror's Edge 2D Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

This is a side-scrolling platformer based on the original Mirror's Edge. The game is about fast action, precise jumping and...

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2010)

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom is a platform game focused on puzzle solving, similar in concept to Braid. It is...

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Things are looking up for the Bonne family. Having just finished getting their airship, the Gesellschaft, operational, Teisel Bonne sets...

Mischief Makers Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Mischief Makers is a 2D side-scrolling platform game in which the protagonist uses her hands to grab, shake, and throw...

Misja/Fred Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1990)

A compilation of two platform games, this being the original release for both of them: Fred Misja Since October 1991,...

Mis Ladrillos Interactivo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

A collection of four games, each with its own distinctive setting and gameplay mechanics, bundled together in one pack. Kids...

Apple II (1989)

Miss Apple is an action labyrinth game similar to Pac-Man in concept. The titular character must traverse 80 maze-like stages,...

Atari ST (1991)

Missile Alert! is a missile command variant for one or two players written in 68000 assembler. You have to protect...

Windows 3.x (1992)

Missile Attack is a single player variant of the classic Missile Command.The game starts with a series of missiles descending...

Missile Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

Defend cities around the world from an airborne alien attack. This is a remake of the '70s arcade game, and...

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