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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Pop'n TwinBee Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

A remake of the classic top-down shooter TwinBee, released for the GameBoy portable consoles.TwinBee Da!! Puts you behind the controls...

Pop'n TwinBee Rainbow Bell Adventures Wii U Front Cover

SNES (1994) and Wii U (2014)

You play as either Twinbee, Gwinbee or Winbee. Cooperative play is also available. In this mode the second player takes...

Supervision (1992)

Popo Team is an arcade-style action game similar to Anteater or Oil's Well. The player controls a curiously-sentient underground pump...

Windows (1997)

Popper is a single player freeware game developed by Housemarque's New Media division. It was one of a series of...

Windows (2002)

Popstars: Deine Chance is a licensed title about the German casting show Popstars. The player controls one contestant and has...

Browser (2003)

The once-noble soil of the fine nation of Strongbadia has been tainted, and it is up to the player to...

Popup Killer iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Like WIN32.DLL before, this game simulates a display being cluttered and ultimately overtaken by pop-up windows. (Unlike the earlier title,...

Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

Porky Pig ventures to Dry Gultch Haunted Theme Park and while staying there, falls asleep. He dreams up a nightmare,...

Portal Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2007), Macintosh (2010) and Android (2014)

Aperture Science is a secret weapons research organization in competition with Black Mesa. Chell is a test subject at the...

Portal 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011), Macintosh (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Portal 2 is the sequel to Portal and offers the same first-person puzzle-platform gameplay. Players continue the story taking the...

Portal 2: Sixense MotionPack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Portal 2 Sixense MotionPack DLC is a level pack for Portal 2 that can be played only with the Razer...

Portal Defenders Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

As the Newgrounds Flash Portal is flooded every day with hundreds of flash movies and games, someone has to sort...

Portal Runner Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

In Portal Runner you assume the role of the bow and arrow wielding Vikki G. Thinking she was investigating a...

Portal Runner PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Brigitte Bleu began to rule the world after the imprisonment of General Plastro. She tries to get rid of her...

Portal: Still Alive Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008)

Portal: Still Alive is the stand-alone Xbox 360 version of Portal with a few changes compared to the previous release...

Portal: The Flash Version Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

Portal: The Flash Version is - like its name - an unofficial Flash edition of the game Portal.Without much background...

Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

People can no longer live on Earth. It needs to regenerate. The whole mankind moved to a different galaxy consisting...

Poseidon Wars 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

In Poseidon Wars 3-D, you have just entered the navy as a cadet and you must make your way up...

Postal Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

You've just gone off the deep end, and in your deeply demented mind, you've decided that this little peaceful town...

Postal Browser Front Cover

Browser (2000)

Aaron Premo is angry and wants to take his anger out on random people by going around shooting them.In Postal...

Postal² Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Postal 2 is the sequel to Postal, the gritty, violent, over-the-top game that was the target of almost every politician's...

Postal²: Apocalypse Weekend Windows Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

Apocalypse Weekend begins on the Saturday following the climactic Apocalypse at the end of Postal 2. As the shiftless Postal...

Postal²: Share the Pain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Share the Pain combines the original Postal 2 single player game with new multiplayer gameplay. Owners of the original Windows...

Postal: Classic and Uncut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2012)

This package is a re-release of the original Postal Plus compilation. It contains:Postal Postal: Special Delivery The 'Monday'-Demo of Postal²...

Postal III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Postal III is the sequel to Running With Scissors' over-the-top violent, black humour-filled Postal 2. Following the nuclear devastation of...

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