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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Atari 2600 (2005)

You are salvaging for fuel in the far reaches of the galaxy when you spot an artificial sun in the...

Vectrex (1983) and Arcade (1981)

In Solar Quest the player has to defend their star against incoming waves of enemy ships. Up to two players...

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

In Sun Star the player takes control of a special space ship constructed to collect energy from 16 solar grids...

Atari 2600 (1983)

Solar Storm is an arcade style action game where you control a spaceship to defend your home planet. Deadly Deltoid...

Solar Striker Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990)

You are in control of the ultra high-performance fighter ship, the SolarStriker. It is your mission to attack and destroy...

Solar Winds: Galaxy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Sequel to Solar Winds: The Escape, you play the role of Jake Stone, a bounty hunter seeking to save his...

Solar Winds: The Escape DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Solar Winds: The Escape is a space saga. You are Jake Stone, a mercenary for hire. Go around the galaxy,...

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

In a world filled with robots, giant hermit crabs, and kitten pirates, everyone has jobs they need done. That is...

Windows (2002)

Soldat is a side-view action game with simple controls. Having certain similarities to Worms, the game combines gameplay simplicity with...

Soldier Blade TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), PSP (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2007) and Wii U (2014)

A top down sci-fi shooter in which you take to the skies of several planets in an advanced starfighter in...

Windows (1997)

The "HBO exclusive" movie, Soldier Boyz, was converted into this interactive, full motion video shooter for the PC which tests...

Soldier Elite: Zero Hour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

You play NATO agent Cole Sullivan, hero of Odium and Gorky Zero. After a Russian submarine has sunken in the...

Arcade (1986)

Soldier Girl Amazon is a 2D top-down shooter, similar to Commando, Ikari Warriors and many other shooters. Main heroine is...

Soldier of Fortune Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000), Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2001)

A terrorist organization has stolen nuclear weapons from a facility in Russia, intending to sell them to various third-world nations,...

Soldier of Fortune Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1988)

Krillys has stolen the Zodiac Power Source and broken it into six pieces, and Sarnak has been sent to find...

Soldier of Fortune (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

You have only one mission in this deadly game, and that's to be the only one left alive. You're hunting...

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

The stakes are higher in this sequel to Soldier of Fortune. The player is John Mullins, a patriot, weapons specialist...

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The stakes are higher in this sequel to the hit shooter. You, as John Mullins: patriot, weapons specialist and anti-terrorist...

Soldier of Fortune: Payback Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

When a routine escort mission goes horribly wrong, freelance mercenary Thomas Mason finds himself battling an insidious enemy that knows...

Soldier of Fortune (Platinum Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

You have only one mission in this deadly game, and that's to be the only one left alive. You're hunting...

Soldier of Fortune: Tactical Low-Violence Version Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Soldier of Fortune: Tactical Low-Violence Version is a special release of Soldier of Fortune that permanently disables particularly gory and...

Soldier of Light Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1986)

You play as Xain, the Soldier of Light, who must visit a number of invaded planets and wipe out the...

Commodore 64 (1985)

You are a one man army and you have been tasked to sail to an island, take the island before...

Soldiers: Heroes of World War II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Fight as British, Americans, Russians or Germans through more than 30 challenging missions across Europe in this tactical 3D isometric...

Soldiers of Fortune Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), DOS (1994), Windows (2013), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Amiga CD32 (1994), J2ME (2005), Macintosh (2013), BlackBerry (2013) and Acorn 32-bit (2000)

A time traveler from the future was stranded in Victorian England, and his knowledge of yet unknown technological inventions was...

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