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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Sea Invasion is a Space Invaders variant set in the ocean. The player is a scuba diver who while down...

SeaKing MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

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Seal of Evil Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The game takes place in China during the Warring States period (476-206 B.C.) at the end of the Zhou dynasty....

Windows (2003)

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Sea Monster Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

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Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii (2007)

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Seaquest Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

Your divers are out in the ocean collecting treasure; now that they have found what they're looking for, you need...

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1994)

Based on the first season of the TV series of the same name, your character is an officer of the...

Game Boy (1994)

You are the SeaQuest Deep Submergence Vessel serving the United Earth Oceans Organization. You will be sent on various missions...

Windows (2010)

In a dystopian world, the repressive Neo Bungeling Empire have ultimate control, and have stolen the treasures of their people...

Search & Rescue: Vietnam Med Evac Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

From the people who created the critically acclaimed Search and Rescue Series comes the latest addition to the saga. Search...

Odyssey 2 (2012) and Videopac+ G7400 (2012)

In Sea Rescue! a submarine is stranded in a shark infested portion of the sea, and a rescue ship is...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The Polytikians have invaded the Earth and taken over the Tory Cabinet in 10 Downing Street. Only one man can...

iPhone (2009)

Sea Snake is a variation of the classic Snake game. Players move the snake around collecting segments to make its...

Windows (2008)

Seas of Cheese was developed for the 2008 Toronto Game Jam where it won third place. It is a short...

Season Match Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

The Snow Queen decides to initiate an everlasting winter. The princesses of spring, summer and autumn must collect the pieces...

Season Match 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and iPad (2012)

Prince January controls the seasons of the kingdom using magic, turning it into a cold and desolate place. To defeat...

Seasons Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

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Apple IIgs (1987)

A mouse-driven shoot-em-up which was only ever released for the Apple IIgs. The player controls a red helicopter which must...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Sea Strike is a side view horizontal shooter where the screen scrolls left or right when you move, and your...

Atari 2600 (2011)

Seaweed Assault is an underwater game where players use a semi-organic submarine to fight off overactive seaweed. Players can shoot...

DOS (1982)

This game is a re-creation, using ASCII characters, of the 1976 Midway coin-op game Sea Wolf.In Seawolf you are the...

Atari 2600 (2004)

This game is inspired by the Brøderbund game Seafox and the Midway coin-op games Sea Wolf and Sea Wolf II,...

Sea Wolf Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1982) and Arcade (1976)

You are the commander...and Sea Wolf puts you in charge of sinking and destroying all enemy ships. You are armed...

ZX81 (1983)

You are the commander of a submarine and you must search the surrounding waters looking for enemy ships with the...

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