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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The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

Bart Simpson has to stay up late and write a paper for class tomorrow. For once, he is determined to...

Game Boy (1994)

The Simpsons: Bart & the Beanstalk is a retelling of the English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk with Simpsons...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Juggernauts Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

Bart versus The Juggernauts is both a Simpsons game and a parody of the "American Gladiators" style TV shows that...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1991), NES (1991), Atari ST (1991), Game Gear (1992), SEGA Master System (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Bart vs. The Space Mutants is a platform game where the player goes into the role of Bart Simpson (from...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World NES Front Cover

Amiga (1993), NES (1991), Atari ST (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This game is actually a compilation of smaller games belonging to different genres. Krusty the clown appears in the beginning...

The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Bart Simpson goes to a video game store and buys a new ultra-violent Grand Theft Scratchy game, which is promptly...

The Simpsons Game Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

When Bart finds a mysterious game manual, he realizes that he and his family have become the main characters of...

The Simpsons: Hit & Run Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2003)

The Simpsons: Hit & Run can be best described as Grand Theft Auto in Springfield.The player takes on the role...

The Simpsons: Minutes to Meltdown J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2007)

Play as Homer from the ever-popular television cartoon series The Simpsons as he runs around Springfield trying to avoid a...

The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001)

The Simpsons: Night of the Living Tree House of Horror was released in 2001 as the last in a long...

The Simpsons: Road Rage Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

Almost two years after its release on consoles, The Simpsons: Road Rage was adapted for the Game Boy Advance. While...

The Simpsons DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Arcade (1991)

Waylon Smithers has just stolen a diamond from Springfield Jewelers for Mr. Burns. While trying to make a getaway, he...

The Simpsons Wrestling PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

The first Playstation game to feature America's favorite animated family The Simpsons!. You can play as some of your favorite...

Simulcra Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The Simulcra unit was thought to be the last best hope for peace. International disputes could be battled out in...

SiN Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000) and Windows (1998)

The year is 2037. The police forces of the world have been disassembled due to their incompetence at stopping the...

Sin and Punishment Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000) and Wii (2007)

Rogue mutants, named Lufian were originally bred to manage food production in the overpopulated and resource scarce Earth, but they've...

Sinbad ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As Sinbad the pirate, you have not been successful recently, and there is mutiny brewing among your crew. The only...

Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple IIgs (1990)

Take to the high seas as Sinbad the sailor. You have been asked for help by the Princess to defeat...

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas is a 3D action game based on the animated movie of the same name....

Sine Mora Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013), PS Vita (2012) and Ouya (2013)

Sine Mora (Latin for "without delay") is a 2.5D horizontally side-scrolling shooter. The ship's movement is limited to two axes,...

SiN Episodes: Emergence Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Emergence is the first episode of the new SiN series. You play as Colonel John R. Blade, founder and top...

SiN Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2000)

SiN Gold is a compilation of SiN and its add-on Wages of Sin. It is the first release of those...

PlayStation 3 (2008)

This American release of SingStar contains a different tracklist from the European version.It's a karaoke game that gives points which...

SingStar '80s PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Do you remember the 1980's? How everything was in neon colors? How fresh and new were those music videos? Don...

SingStar '80s PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The Swedish edition of SingStar '80s retains the same gameplay, but replaces part of the playlist with artists from Sweden...

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