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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Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Mount Vesuvius is erupting and the sheherds and farmers that live in the houses beside the slopes need rescuing. You...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Mousemaze is a very simple maze game. At the start of the game the player gives a width and length...

Mouser PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1983)

Mouser is a maze game with an overhead view similar to Pac-Man. The object of the game is to help...

MSX (1983)

Mouser is UPL's answer to Nintendo's Donkey Kong. As the cat protagonist, you must rescue your sweetheart from a gang...

Macintosh (1984)

Mouse Stampede is a Centipede variant where the centipede has been replaced by a pack of mice. The player controls...

Mouse Trap Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982), ColecoVision (1982), Intellivision (1982) and Arcade (1981)

Mouse Trap is an arcade action game similar to Pac-Man. You control a mouse in a maze; your goal is...

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

This platform game challenges you to guide a mouse around a screen collecting goodies - varying from cheese to cakes...

Mouse Trap Hotel Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

In Mouse Trap Hotel the player takes control over the mouse Maxie who wants to visit his girlfriend. Unfortunately she...

The Mousing Cat Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1984)

The Mousing Cat is another game about the eternal conflict between felines and rodents. The game consists in a series...

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

Mouskattack is very similar to Pac-Man. Take the role of Larry Bain, a plumber working for Rodent Rooter attempting to...

Windows (2003)

In Move2Play, similar to the EyeToy series, the player uses a webcam to transfer his movements to the game. The...

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The feel of a gangster movie is recreated isometrically in this game. You play a private detective who has the...

The Movie Monster Game Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Play the monster in Epyx's follow up to Crush Crumble Chomp. Smash London, Paris, New York, Moscow or San Francisco...

Mower Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Sick of having to go outside in order to experience the exhilaration and joy of mowing your lawn? Mower is...

Macintosh (1998)

MozPong is a game heavily inspired by the classic Breakout, but with its own twist.MozMoz-kun, a kid with a bowl...

Windows (2000)

MozPong DX is an updated version of MozPong, a game heavily inspired by the classic Breakout, but with its own...

Mr.AahH!! iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Mr.AahH!! is a 2D platforming game where the the player's timing and precision skills are put to the test. In...

Mr Bean's Wacky World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2009)

Mr Bean's Wacky World is a third person action game based on the 2002 animated series featuring Rowan Atkinson's famous...

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Basically a remake of the SNES game Super Troll Islands, but superficially incorporating TV character Mr Blobby, who was famous...

Windows (2002)

Mr Bob is a Polish game where the player controls the eponymous office worker in his multi-floored mansion. Mr. Bob...

Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1996)

A philosopher named DaGoulian came up with a dubious doctrine: he believes that the only way to ensure the survival...

DOS (1999)

Bomberman clone. Gameplay is exactly the same and even the graphic style seems very similar to Bomberman.

Mr. Chin's Gourmet Paradise Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

Mr. Chin is hungry! Help him eat his favorite snack, the delectable peach, by using laser emitting bowls to trap...

Mr. Cool Atari 8-bit Front Cover

PC Booter (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

You as a cube jump on the pyramid built with color-changing platforms. You have to make all platforms of the...

Atari ST (1990)

Mr Dig is a conversion of the Atari 8-bit game Mr. Do! coded in STOS. As Mr Dig you have...

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