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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Blades of Time Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Blades of Time is the spiritual sequel to X-Blades by the same developer. It again follows the story of Ayumi...

Blades of Time: Dismal Swamp Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Dismal Swamp is an expansion for Blades of Time and exclusive to the PC and Macintosh versions. It introduces a...

Blades of Vengeance Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Blades of Vengeance is a platform game incorporating light RPG elements and character styling, reminiscent of Gods by The Bitmap...

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2007)

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War has players take control of a mercenary for hire during the legendary English / French...

Blade & Sword Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In BC 1044, Emperor Jo sets fire to himself when invaders destroy his country. Emperor Jo's grand wizard Wen creates...

Blade: The Edge of Darkness (Edicion Especial) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is a Special Edition of Blade: The Edge of Darkness (called Blade of Darkness in USA) that includes: The...

BREW (2004) and J2ME (2004)

In this Marvel-licensed game you are Blade: half human, half vampire, and a feared vampire hunter. You need to track...

Blade Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The world has been enslaved by Murk, and you've got to free it by collecting the seven fragments of a...

Blagger Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984), Electron (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

In this game, players control Rodger the Dodger (aka: Blagger), a burglar whose task is to collect a series of...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Blagger is back! This time he decided to take a tour of Hollywood, and to the movie sets of Steven...

Blair Witch, Volume III: The Elly Kedward Tale Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The 3rd and final volume of the Blair Witch series, The Elly Kedward Tale takes us back even further in...

Blair Witch, Volume II: The Legend of Coffin Rock Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The second in the three part PC game series based on the 1999 horror movie The Blair Witch Project. Blair...

Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Blair Witch, Volume I: Rustin Parr, the first of three games based on Blair Witch folklore, takes its name from...

Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1993), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2013)

Aliens of Gold, the first game in the Blake Stone series, pits the space-age British secret agent against Dr. Pyrus...

Blake Stone: Planet Strike! Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1994), Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2013)

Blake Stone: Planet Strike! is the commercial sequel to Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold.An evolution rather than a revolution, Planet...

Blam! Machinehead PlayStation Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Blam! Machinehead is basically a normal 3D shooter where you shoot enemies and explore the futuristic, barren wastelands and abandoned...

PC-98 (1995), FM Towns (1994) and Arcade (1992)

Blandia is a versus fighting game that takes place on the Great Continent of Eurasia and focuses on the resurrection...

Blastar Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

Viewed from above and set in space, Blastar is a multi-directionally scrolling shoot 'em up. Each of the 12 levels...

Blast Chamber PlayStation Front Cover

DOS (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

A quite weird puzzle/actiongame in 3d, where you are a little guy in a chamber which is rotatable by pushing...

Blast Corps Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Get out of the way! A nuclear missile carrier is out of control on a one way-set path, and unless...

Windows (1996)

Blast Doors is a 3D multi-player shareware game that was originally designed for the Total Entertainment Network.The game's back story...

DOS (1986)

Blasten ! is a single player, shareware, monochrome Asteroids clone.The game gives the player three ships with which to destroy...

Blaster! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Blaster is an old-school horizontal shooter. The story: A space freighter full of terrestrial settlers get lost. Some time later...

Blaster and Amethyst Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Blaster and Amethyst is a simple top-down shooting game. Each stage contains seven amethyst crystals, and the player must collect...

Blaster and Morion Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Blaster and Morion is a sci-fi themed twin stick shooter, and the sequel to Blaster and Amethyst. Playing much like...

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