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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Solid State Pinball: Jinni Zeala Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Jinni Zeala is another pinball simulator by LittleWing. The game has one table with a "1001 Nights" middle-eastern theme. The...

Solid State Pinball: Tristan DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Solid State Pinball: Tristan is a pinball simulator which features a single medieval-themed board (hence the title) displayed in a...

Solipskier Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

Solipskier is a fast-paced action game based around skiing. The aim of the game is to get the skier as...

Arcade (1991)

Solitary Fighter is 2D fighting game, continuation of Violence Fight. Gameplay is similar to Pit-Fighter - the player chooses character...

Sol Negro DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

A millenarian spell, transmitted from parents to children, turned the muscular Bully into a fish and the indomitable Mónica into...

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

You're Carlitos, the usual school boy who still has to hear the recommendations of his mother. Everything was going fine...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

After defending the Diagon Zone, the aliens are now trying to intercept a delivery of Di-Planium carried by yourself in...

Solomon's Club Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Solomon's Club is a sequel to Solomon's Key, which has similar gameplay combining platform gaming with puzzle elements. There are...

Solomon's Key NES Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), NES (1986), Atari ST (1987), SEGA Master System (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), Wii (2006), Nintendo 3DS (2012), Wii U (2013) and Arcade (1986)

Solomon's Key is a platform game with both action and strategy elements. On each level your goal is to retrieve...

Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

The Princess Eleanor has been captured by the evil mage Morbius and is somewhere in the fortress of Kastlerock. You...

Wii (2009) and Arcade (1991)

Solvalou is a 3D first-person shooter from the Xevious series. Gameplay is similar to Xevious, except for the fact the...

Nintendo DS (2008)

In a world where a magic energy called Soma is a part of everyday life, seven characters part of a...

Somalian Syndrome Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The recent activity of Somalian pirates has already led to disastrous situation in region. Every ship is afraid of sudden...

Somer Assault TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1991)

Somer Assault is a difficult to describe game. In it you control a pink slinky character with guns attached to...

Somersault Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

In Somersault players control the character Bally who needs to save his friends who are held captive by a villain....

Game Gear (1995)

Sonic 2 In 1 is a compilation of two Sonic games: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Sonic the Hedgehog: Spinball There...

Sonic 3 and Knuckles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Sonic 3 and Knucles is the Genesis version of the game Sonic & Knuckles where it could be combined with...

Sonic 3D Blast Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), Genesis (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996) and Wii (2007)

While visiting Flicky Island, Sonic notices that the Flickies, his small, feathered friends that can travel between parallel worlds, were...

Sonic Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001), N-Gage (2003) and Android (2011)

Sonic the Hedgehog has arrived for his first ever adventure on a Nintendo console. Sonic Advance combines elements from the...

Sonic Advance 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002)

Sonic returns for a second outing on the Game Boy Advance.Once again, Sonic is called upon to save the world...

Sonic Advance 3 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004)

Eggman has broken the world into seven parts, now the player must find the seven Chaos Emeralds to restore the...

Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1998), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Yet again Sonic and friends find themselves wrapped up in the schemes of Dr. Robotnik. This time he plans to...

Sonic Adventure 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Dreamcast (2001), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Sonic has returned! This time, his nemesis Dr. Eggman has teamed up with Shadow, a dark hedgehog with a mysterious...

Sonic Adventure 2 (10th Anniversary Birthday Pack) Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Identical to the standard release of Sonic Adventure 2, this special edition 10th anniversary set also includes a blue box...

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2001)

A complete conversion of Sonic Adventure 2 from the Dreamcast, with additional features exclusive to the Gamecube.Play as either Sonic,...

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