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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Rhythm Destruction Windows Front Cover

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Rhythm Zone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

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Windows (2007)

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Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (Limited Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This limited collector's edition includes: Limited Collector's Edition DVD case with Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa installation DVD and behind-the-scenes DVD-ROM...

Richard Garriott's Tabula Rasa (Pre-Order Bonus Pack) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

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DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), iPhone (2009) and Acorn 32-bit (1995)

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Rick Dangerous 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

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Commodore 64 (1988)

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Linux (2013), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2013)

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Ricochet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), Palm OS (2003) and Windows Mobile (2003)

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Ricochet Infinity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and iPhone (2010)

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Ricochet Lost Worlds Windows Front Cover

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

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VIC-20 (1983)

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Riddle of the Sphinx Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

As the Pharoh's Son, it is up to the player to lift the curse of Anubis, God of the Dead,...

Ridegear Guybrave PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Colonel Dahar, leader of the Mars Imperial Army, has brought his forces to attack Earth, seeking to take the remains...

Ride or Die iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Ride or Die is a top-down action game where the player takes control of a bicyclist riding against freeway traffic....

Rider ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

As an MI5 agent (at one of seven skill levels, 001 to 007) you must infiltrate enemy terrain to explore...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

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Ride to Hell: Retribution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

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Ridge Racer Unbounded Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Ridge Racer Unbounded is an entry in the long-running Ridge Racer racing series and the first to be developed entirely...

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