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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DOS (1985)

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Windows (2010)

Once long ago in a faraway kingdom, a little girl named Racette lived in town on the main street with...

Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Admiral Greave has caught Rufus hiding on the Astro Cruiser heading for Earth. To stay on the ship Rufus has...

Recoil Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Tanks patrol the desolate city streets, turrets and missle sites threaten the skies. Robot warriors carrying pulse rifles surround military...

Record of Lodoss War Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

In this game the player takes the role of an ancient warrior who has been brought to life by the...

Amiga (1991)

Rectangle is fundamentally a variation of Konami’s Quarth with some Arkanoid style elements. The basic lay takes’ place on a...

Windows (2007)

RECT WINDER (ASCII) is a "bullet reflect" game based loosely on the earlier freeware game RECT WINDER. The player controls...

Supervision (1992)

Recycle Design is a clone of the popular puzzle game Pipe Dream. The player controls a plumber who must connect...

Red Ace Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Red Ace is an action oriented simulation set in WWI, more exactly France, Belgium and Africa. In the three campaigns...

Windows (2001)

Red Ace Squadron is basically a standalone add-on for Hunt for the Red Baron. It includes the following improvements: Two...

Red Alarm Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

At the beginning of the 21st Century, a World War raged not stop for 70 devestating years. It wasn't until...

PlayStation (1998)

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DOS (1994)

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Red Baron Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

In this side-scrolling 2D fighting brawler, players control Red Baron, an armoured knight that was originally designed for the RPG...

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

Red Baron is a action oriented flight game set in World War I. The player uses his input device to...

Browser (2004)

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Red Box Reality 001: Fading Memories Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Red Box Reality 001: Fading Memories is a puzzle game where you use both analog sticks to control a character's...

Red Bull BC One Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Red Bull BC One is a Nintendo DS game based on a break dancing competition with the same name. It's...

DOS (1994)

This is the first game in the Redcat series. It's very different from the later educational Redcat games aimed at...

DOS (1995)

This is the second Redcat game, similar to the first one. In this game, princess Dana has been kidnapped and...

Windows (1997)

RedCat Spookkasteel is a Dutch game in which RedCat (famous from educational games for primary school students) has to go...

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