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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PlayStation 2 (2004) and GameCube (2004)

In this installment of the Serious Sam series, Sam takes on a new arch-nemesis "Mini Sam", an evil clone of...

Serious Sam: The First Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

When aliens ruled by the evil Mental attack Earth, it is up to Sam "Serious" Stone, one of the toughest...

Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Serious Sam: The Greek Encounter is a 2D demake of the Serious Sam series and the fourth game in the...

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Sam is back in the second episode of his battles with his arch-nemesis Mental. After finding the Sirian spacecraft in...

Serpent Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

In the distant future, the most popular one-on-one sport is Serpent. In this two player game, both players control their...

DOS (1982)

Serpent (better sit down for this) is a Snake game. As our elongated hero roams the enclosed playfield in search...

PC Booter (1982), Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1982)

In Serpentine you control a multi-segmented snake in a maze; your goal is to survive and earn as many points...

DOS (1986)

Serpy is a serpent -- serpent, as in snake, as in... this is a snake game. Gameplay is quite limited...

Windows (2008)

Sesame Seeds is a fast, procedurally generated action game where players need to uncover words to move on to new...

NES (1992)

Sesame Street's Count von Count stars in this educational game where the point is to learn how to identify numbers....

Genesis (1994)

Counting Cafe is an educational game based on the popular children's show Sesame Street. The player controls Grover, working as...

DOS (1981)

Set the Hostages Free is a text based action game. The goal of the hero is to rescue the hostages....

The Settlers: Smack a Thief! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Smack A Thief! is an mini-game from the Settlers-series, intended as an advertisement game for the - at the time...

Browser (2009)

Seven is an experimental platformer game set on a planet where where time is put forward using star force. However,...

The Seven Gates of Jambala Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The Seven Gates of Jambala is a Jump & Run game. Business with people to come continues, really tough mystery...

Windows (2008)

Seven Minutes is a 2D platformer with an unusual premise. The player starts in a room and encounters a glowing...

Seven Samurai 20XX PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Seven Samurai 20XX is a third-person 3D action game inspired by the greatest samurai tale of all time; Akira Kurosawa's...

The Seven Spirits of Ra DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

Osiris was once a pharaoh of the Old Egypt, ruling the land in happiness, as it enjoyed great prosperity. But...

Fire OS (2014)

Sev Zero combines tower defense-style strategic base building with fast-action shooting mayhem. The player needs to defend the planet by...

ColecoVision (1984), Intellivision (1983) and MSX (1984)

It's a lovely day and Sam is waiting in Central Park to meet his girlfriend Sally. He sees her and...

Sewer Shark SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1992) and 3DO (1994)

In the future, maybe in the year 2000, people will be forced to move underground and live in tunnels. Unfortunately,...

Sex Games Browser Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Browser (2001)

"The old in-out" as a weary euphemism for a joyless mechanical action was never more apt than here; across five...

DOS (1994), ZX Spectrum (1996) and J2ME (2007)

XoniX games are generally a spin off from Taito's Qix, in which the player traces outlines on a flat playfield,...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Sextett is a collection of six games with five released games and one unreleased game:The released games are: Karate King...

ExEn (2005)

SexyBreaker Manga is a Breakout variant in which you will travel around the world to play five levels per location...

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