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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Blob Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

This 3D puzzle game stars an amorphous blue creature, and presents you with a top-viewed world in which the character...

Odyssey 2 (1983)

In Blobbers the player controls a mobile laser unit trying to defend itself from the Blobbers, fearsome, giant, amoeba-like creatures...

The Blob Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The Blob is a freeware game written by students of Game Design & Development at the Utrecht School of the...

Amiga (2001) and Windows Mobile (2001)

Blobula is a mixture of action and puzzle gameplay, where you have to clear levels by removing colored balls, which...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Blochead is your basic Q*Bert clone, with the notable difference that the "pyramid" is more of a square formation. As...

Windows (2000)

Block is a breakout game with 50 stages. Despite its uninspiring title, there are several original twists on the gameplay.You...

DOS (1986)

Blockade is a variation on the TRON-inspired Light Cycle concept, for 1 or 2 human players - computer-controlled rivals can...

Blockade Runner ColecoVision Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1984), Intellivision (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983) and MSX (1984)

A 3D shoot 'em up. You have to guide a fleet of four merchant space freighters to Earth with vital...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Blockade Special! is an action game that bears similarities with Snake. In the game the player has to escape from...

DOS (2003)

Blockage is your basic breakout clone. You have to keep your ball from getting past you and you have to...

Windows 3.x (1991)

A simple Breakout clone for windows. It featured many levels and a level editor.

J2ME (2004)

Block Breaker Christmas is a Christmas themed cut down version of Block Breaker Deluxe. It contains the gameplay from the...

Block Breaker Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), J2ME (2004), iPod Classic (2008), Wii (2008) and N-Gage (service) (2008)

Block Breaker Deluxe is a Breakout variant with lots of bells and whistles. The paddle-and-bricks game dubbed Block Breaker has...

J2ME (2005)

Block Breaker Holidays is a short Christmas themed game that acts as a demo for Block Breaker Deluxe. It's very...

Blockbuster DOS Front Cover

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

Impact is an old break-out style game. The user controls a paddle and needs to catch a ball with the...

J2ME (2000)

The mobile game Block Buster is a Breakout variant. The player controls a paddle at the bottom of the screen...

Block Buster Microvision Front Cover

Microvision (1979)

Block Buster is the original launch title for the Microvision game system, rather like Tetris which came packed in with...

Arcade (1978)

Block Fever is an early Breakout clone by Nintendo. Various colored blocks are arranged at the top of the screen....

Blockids PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Blockids is a Breakout variant whose unique feature is multiple camera angles. Instead of only including the typical top down...

Block Kuzushi 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Block Kuzushi 2 is one of the seemingly infinite number of Breakout clones. As always, the player controls a paddle...

Epoch Game Pocket Computer (1985)

Block Maze takes its basic concept from Pengo and adds in some Ladybug to make a concept of its own.In...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2011)

BlockOn! is another experimental title from prolific indie developer Cactus, this time made in just 3 hours.This is a platform...

Blockout! / Breakdown! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1980)

Two variations of Breakout are available in this title. In Blockout!, the object is to blast through the blocks in...

PC-98 (1993)

Block Quest V is a Breakout clone with adult content. The player must keep the ball from falling out the...

DOS (1993)

Sets of blocks fall down a shaft and you should rotate them in the right way before they reach the...

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