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 (2013)

In this shooter the player must create chains of explosions, the bigger the better. Chain reactions are created by detonating...

RC Helicopter PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Your Dad just got you an RC Helicopter. Play with it, or take it outside to complete various missions for...

rComplex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

rComplex is a daring escape game slightly reminiscent of the contemporary Canabalt. Players control a caped man who needs to...

R.C. Pro-Am NES Front Cover

Genesis (1992), NES (1988) and Arcade (1988)

Guide your radio controlled car to victory in this racing game. You have to beat your 3 opponents on 32...

RC Revenge PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Android (2013)

Players take control of a range of remote controlled cars and boats in an action packed racing game for the...

RC Revenge Pro PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

In RC Revenge Pro, the player can compete in races with radio controlled vehicles. There are championship, single race and...

RDF: Global Conflict SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1995)

RDF (Rapid Deployment Force) is a first-person 3D tank shooter with the player going up against a plethora of enemies...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Reach for the Sky is a shoot 'em up in the vain of Capcom's arcade classic 1942. You fly over...

Reactoid TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

The latest breakthrough in nuclear power is broken. It's the network, of course. In the dazzling future of the late...

Reactor Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982) and Arcade (1982)

Reactor is a conversion of the arcade game. You control a space ship inside a nuclear reactor which you are...

Real Bout Fatal Fury PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1996), Neo Geo (1996), Neo Geo CD (1996), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1995)

The fourth title of fighting Fatal Fury series. Now, you can destroy fight scene objects and the "Fatal Fury 2"...

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers Neo Geo CD Front Cover

Neo Geo (1998), Neo Geo CD (1998), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1998)

SNK's Fatal Fury fighting series reaches its 7th episode bringing a lot of "innovations" and some significant changes, starting from...

Real Bout Fatal Fury Best Collection SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

This is a compilation that includes the award winning arcade versions of the fighting games Real Bout Fatal Fury and...

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1997), Neo Geo (1997), Neo Geo CD (1997), Wii (2012) and Arcade (1997)

It was the sequel of Real Bout Fatal Fury, with which sixth delivery of the series was arrived at his,...

Real Bout Garō Densetsu Special: Dominated Mind PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

A PSX-only Fatal Fury released as a conversion of sorts to Real Bout Fatal Fury Special. The game uses the...

The Real Ghostbusters ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1987)

After the success of the Ghostbusters film (and indeed of the licensed game from Activision) a cartoon TV series was...

Game Boy (1992)

The Real Ghostbusters, known as Garfield Labyrinth in Europe and Mickey Mouse IV: Mahou no Labyrinth in Japan, is a...

PS Vita (2012)

Reality Fighters is a non-realistic fighting game where players can customize their fighters and take photos of themselves to use...

Really Big Sky Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Really Big Sky, the sequel to Big Sky, is a twin-stick side-scrolling shooter with a craft set in space. Everything...

SNES (1996)

In the year 5069 A.D., an alien invasion has devastated the planet, nearly killing the entire population and leaving the...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Keeping the planets of our Solar System in the correct orbit is controlled by the Planetary Orbiting Co-ordinator but it...

Realm of the Mad God Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012) and Browser (2011)

Realm of the Mad God is a free-to-play fantasy MMORPG in a retro 8-bit style. It has a large world...

Realm of the Trolls Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The trolls are posing a threat to humanity, and it's your job to sort them out in this traditional-style platform...

Realm of the Undead ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

The action in Realm Of The Undead takes place over three stages. In the first stage, the player finds himself...

Realms DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Realms is a medieval real-time strategy game located in a fictive kingdom where the player just has been named king....

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