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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Commodore 64 (1985)

Shoot Em Up is a 1st Person Shooter where you control a target on the screen and shoot waves of...

Shoot 'em up Construction Kit  Amiga Front Cover

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

Shoot 'em Up Construction Kit is more of a utility than a game. It allows the user to create a...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Shoot Em Ups is a compilation of the following four games: Blue Max 2001 Dropzone Fort Apocalypse Super Zaxxon

Shooter: Space Shot PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Ace fighter pilots Cyber, Nigo, and Wells have been sent on a mission by the Republic Special Forces to destroy...

Shooter: Starfighter Sanvein PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Sanvein is a fast-paced top down shooter where time is of the essence and every moment counts. The main computer...

Atari 2600 (1982)

Shootin' Gallery is a target shooting game similar to Sega's Carnival. You control a gun at the bottom of the...

Shooting Gallery DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Shooting Gallery is a cute little arcade game released as shareware. It's a combination of 7 little shooting games which...

Shooting Gallery SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1987)

Using your Sega Light Phaser, you are given a specified length of time to shoot as many targets as you...

Odyssey (1972)

Shooting Gallery is one of the games of the Shooting Gallery add-on for the Odyssey. It requires the supplied rifle...

NES (1989)

The aim is to shoot the discs on the screen so that you can acquire enough points to pass the...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Shooting Stars 3 is a compilation that includes the following six games: Magic Tile Quiwi Draconus Zybex Las Vegas Darts...

Arcade (1976)

Similar to Laser Clay Shooting System, Shooting Trainer has the player shooting inanimate targets, in this case bottles in the...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Based on the aracde game Space Invaders, Shoot-It is a side view single screen shooter where you control a craft...

ShootMania: Storm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

ShootMania: Storm is a competitive multiplayer first-person shooter in the vein of Unreal Tournament and Quake III. Like the TrackMania...

Shoot Many Robots Windows Front Cover

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

Shoot Many Robots is a run-and-gun platform shooter that can be played with up to four people cooperatively. The player...

Odyssey (1972)

Shootout is part of the Shooting Gallery add-on for the Odyssey. It requires the supplied rifle accessory, and game card...

Shootout at the OK Galaxy Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1981)

With billions of defenseless Federation citizens behind you and a horde of barbarian starships in front of you, Patrol Zone...

The Shoot PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

The Shoot, known in Japan as Shooting Studio, is a rail shooter which uses the PlayStation Move controllers. The premise...

Shoot the Chief Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Shoot the Chief the player takes the role of an employee who wants to take revenge on his boss....

Shoot the Fatty Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Shoot the Fatty is a shooting gallery Marapets flash game where the player needs to be quick and shoot the...

Shoot the Roach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Shoot the Roach you have the task to get rid of many cockroaches as you can. You are the...

Windows (2002)

This arcade game is made with The Games Factory. Player takes the role of a man, who is on a...

Shopping Cart Hero Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Shopping Cart Hero, the player's goal is simple: try to jump the farthest with your shopping cart. The key...

Short Circuit Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this adaptation of the movie of the same name, you take the role of robot Number 5. Having recently...

Short Circuit ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A freak bolt of lightning has made Robot 5 gain human feelings, and his makers at Nova Robotics are keen...

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