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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Xbox 360 (2006)

Alien robots from the planet Nova have abducted humans and put them in a deadly competition to observe their toughness....

Novalogic Multiplayer Mayhem Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

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Novastorm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PlayStation (1995), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1994) and FM Towns (1993)

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DOS (1982)

Novatron is a PC conversion of an arcade game, which was in turn inspired by the classic movie Tron. Basically...

Nox Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2013)

Jandor, the legendary hero of Nox, defeated evil necromancers and trapped their souls in an orb, which was then cast...

N-Sub SG-1000 Front Cover

SG-1000 (1983) and Arcade (1980)

N-Sub puts the player in control of a submarine in the Cobalt Blue Sea. The action takes place on one...

Windows (2001)

For a true fan of the *NSYNC band.In the game you have to live your life and gain a new...

Atari 8-bit (1990)

The player controls a Soviet agent who infiltrated an American base and tries to destroy it. His task is to...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Nuclear Countdown is izometric action game in futuristic maze, similar to Spindizzy and Bombscare. The player controls robots (he has...

Nuclear Dawn Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Nuclear Dawn is a team shooter set in a post-nuclear world. Two factions, the Empire and the Consortium of Free...

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

This plutonium edition is a retail release of a game that was previously only available through digital distribution. It contains:...

Commodore 64 (1986)

The source of Earth's energy and power is nuclear fission, obtained from a rare mineral called Uranium 235 which was...

Nuclear Heist Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1986)

Nuclear Heist is a single player shoot-'em up game.Mankind has abandoned the surface of his polluted planet and now lives...

Nuclear Strike Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), Nintendo 64 (1999), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Having fought in the Middle East, South America, within the United States, and in the former U.S.S.R, your path has...

DOS (1998)

'Disallowed' by FormGen, they sold user made levels on this rare CD (96). Micro Star later gained rights to produce...

Nuke It 1000 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Nuke It 1000 contains a 1000 add-on levels (500 of them are multiplayer) for Duke Nukem 3D as well as...

DOS (1997)

The CD contains 309 maps (50 Dukematch) collected from the Internet and BBS (1996) for Duke Nukem 3D. The CD...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

All the worlds power in the 21st Century is now nuclear energy and all the problems associated with producing it...

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Numtris is a math based falling blocks puzzle game. The falling blocks here are single squares with single digit numbers...

Windows (2008)

Nun Chuck is a simplistic game in which you try to shoot a nun as far as possible with a...

Commodore 64 (1984)

Cyril the Squirrel is due to start hibernating but has yet to collect and store all the nuts he needs...

Nutjitsu Xbox One Front Cover

Xbox One (2014)

Samurai foxes have stolen the sacred acorns that belong to your clan. You are a ninja squirrel, tasked with responsibility...

Nuts & Milk NES Front Cover

NES (1984), Commodore 64 (1985), DoJa (2003), Wii (2007), Nintendo 3DS (2013) and Wii U (2014)

In this Arcade game the gameplay is quite simple, the hero, named "Milk" must get all the fruits in the...

MSX (1984), PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1983) and PC-6001 (1983)

Unlike the Famicom version, the home computer version of Nuts & Milk is viewed from a top-down perspective and the...

Nutty Fluffies Rollercoaster Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Nutty Fluffies is a roller coaster ride for touch-screen devices. It has 26 tracks, from classic wooden coasters to steel...

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