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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SpacePod Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

SpacePod is a space shooter that can be played either as a single player game or as a multiplayer game...

Space Quarks Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Space Quarks is a fixed-screen shooter for the home computer. The game is very similar to arcade classics like Space...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

In an enclosed track in space, you pilot a sleek, lone space fighter up against an army of mine-laying opponents....

Space Raiders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Space Raiders is a Space Invaders clone. The player has three ships available and must destroy the invading alien army...

Space Raiders Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Space Raiders is an early Star Raiders clone. You begin the game viewing a map of the galaxy, which shows...

Space Rangers 2: Dominators. Reboot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Space Rangers 2: Dominators. Reboot includes: Space Rangers Space Rangers 2: Dominators Space Rangers 2: Reboot Exclusive game developing materials....

Linux (2006) and Windows (2006)

Space Renegades: The Series is a top-down 2D space shooter that consists of two games. In Space Renegades 1, you...

Windows (2000)

Welcome aboard! We've just received a distress call from our deep space science station, the Argonaut. They've encountered an asteroid...

Windows (1996)

Space Rocks 3D is a one or two player shareware clone of Asteroids.Despite the '3D' in it's title this is...

Space Rogue DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), Apple II (1989), Macintosh (1989), PC-98 (1990), FM Towns (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

The Princess Blue was a trading vessel. While cruising through space, it happened upon a derelict ship floating in space....

Space School Simulator: The Academy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

Pete Cooke's follow-up to the previous space shooter-explorer takes things away from the Tau Ceti setting. Players take the role...

SpaceShipVSBricks Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2011)

Though the premise must be that the SpaceShip is flying towards them, from the player's view it appears that gap-toothed...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Space Shooter is a first person shooter written in BASIC. The controls are quite simple, using the numeric keypad the...

Space Shooter: Alpha Impact Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In 2014, Earth was invaded by an alien army and most humans were exterminated. The survivors were enslaved by the...

Windows (2008)

Space Shot is a minimalistic shoot-em-up with RPG elements developed for the TIGSource Procedural Generation competition. Players control an astronaut...

Space Shuttle 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994)

In Space Shuttle, the player can learn the history of the NASA's Space Shuttle program including the Enterprise, Discovery, Atlantis,...

NES (1991)

The Launch Director has assigned a Commander to take control of several NASA Space Launches to do some necessary jobs...

Space Siege Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As humanity explores space, they encounter an evil and very powerful race called the Kerak. The humans have no chance...

DOS (1989)

A plague of Space snakes wants to reconquer the Mars Planet. In the role of a brave spaceship pilot, part...

DOS (1988)

Space Spirals is a mouse-controlled shooting game, with some similarities to Missile Command.The object of the game is to defend...

Virtual Boy (1995)

An intergalactic Squash tournament is being held in space, and champions from all corners of the galaxy rush to compete....

Amiga (1986) and Atari ST (1986)

Space Station is a platform action adventure in which the player takes the role of a space ship commander. The...

DOS (1995)

Space Station Escape is a first person shoot-'em-up similar to Blake Stone. The story behind the game is that the...

Space Station Oblivion DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A 3D strategy / action game featuring scaling and rotating polygon graphics. You're the sole voyager happening upon an abandoned...

Space Station Silicon Valley PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Long ago, scientists created a living space station, full of animals. After its launch into space, the station vanished, never...

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