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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MSX (1984)

On the surface, Space Trouble looks like an orthodox shooter, but it has an unorthodox twist: Don't shoot! You navigate...

DOS (1992)

In this 2D action game player assumes the role of a maintenance engineer, who was deployed by mistake on the...

Apple II (1982)

In Space Vikings the player flies a space craft with the ability to shoot at other ships. The goal of...

Space Walk MSX Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1985)

In this space game the player steers an astronaut to collect the stray satellite that is roaming in space. To...

DOS (1985)

Spacewar is a shareware Spacewar! clone. Two spaceships, controlled either by human or by robot, battle it out in a...

Amiga (1989)

In this Amiga take on the classic vector game, two ships are controlled by two players, flying around a sun,...

Space War Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1978)

Space War for the Atari 2600 was among the first home adaptations of the classic mainframe game Spacewar!.The cartridge includes...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

Space War for the Atari 8-bit systems is a variant of the classic mainframe game of dueling spaceships.The two opponents...

Space Warp TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1980)

Your command is the Endever, your mission is the total destruction of the invading Jovian fleet, and your time is...

Spacewars! Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Spacewars! is, as the name applies, a clone of Space War. In this action game two space ships battle each...

Vectrex (1982) and Arcade (1977)

Space Wars is an action game where two space ships battle each other. The game control is similar to Asteroids:...

Space Xonix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Similar to the arcade game QIX, your job in Space Xonix is to segment the given screen. Once your space...

Atari ST (1991)

Spacola is a 2D space shooter. Like in Asteroids, the player's ship is pinned at the center of the screen,...

Spaghetti Western Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

As Clint Westband the player is cast a bounty hunter to go after the desperadoes of the Wild West. Roaming...

Browser (2002)

Spank the Monkey is a game where the player needs to spank a monkey as possible with a hand in...

Spanky's Quest SNES Front Cover

SNES (1991)

Spanky's Quest is a game about a monkey who decides to go on a picnic. While on his way through...

Spanky's Quest Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Spanky, a cute little monkey, is locked in a tower filled with equally cute baddies. He must get to the...

Spare Change Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), Sharp X1 (1985) and FM-7 (1985)

In Spare Change, you are the owner and operator of the Spare Change Arcade, dedicated to making your place of...

Spare Parts Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

Spare Parts is a local and online co-op platform game telling the story of heroes Mar-T and Chip, a pair...

Spare Phoenix Android Front Cover

Android (2012)

Spare Phoenix is an endless vertically-oriented platform jumper similar to Doodle Jump. The player controls a phoenix that jumps up...

Sparkster Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

Sparkster is the sequel to Rocket Knight Adventures and is completely different from the contemporary SNES title Sparkster. It takes...

Sparkster SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Sparkster is a 2D side-scrolling platformer starring the eponymous hero who previously appeared in Rocket Knight Adventures. It is very...

Spartacus Legends Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Spartacus Legends is a tie-in game for the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand that was created by the US...

Windows (2008)

Spartan is an action fangame, based on the movie 300 and similar to a scrolling beat' em up. The game...

Spartan: Total Warrior PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

Set in the battle between Sparta and Rome, you take the role of a Spartan warrior to heed into the...

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