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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DOS (1993)

Bolo is a PC remake of the Apple II game of the same name: the player drives a tank, which...

Atari ST (1988)

Bolo Werkstatt is a level editor for the Bolo game ("Werkstatt" is the German word for workshop).You can create new...

Bomba Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

The player guides Bomba, the character, to a series of checkpoints marked by stars. Control of Bomba is done via...

MSX (2004)

Bombaman is an ambitious Bomberman clone for the MSX computer with both a story mode and a tournament multiplayer mode.In...

MSX (2008)

Extra Ammo is an extended freeware release of the original Bombaman. While it contains the contents of the original game,...

Bombastic PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Bombastic, the sequel to Devil Dice, is a puzzle game where you attempt to clear a field of explosive dice....

Windows (2001)

BombBlox is a Tetris variant. The basic principle is the same: blocks of different shapes are falling down from the...

Windows (2012)

Bomb Buddies is an action game derived from the classic Bomberman genre. The game uses the free-to-play model and has...

DOS (1993)

Vertical shooting game. You are in a slow, large aircraft that must fight its way back to home base.

ZX Spectrum (1982)

City Bomber is a one-key arcade game, similar to Air Attack.You pilot a small airplane, and your mission is to...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Bomber is a top-down shooter in which the player takes on the role of a bombardier of a B-29 Bomber...

Jupiter Ace (1997)

You are the pilot of a plane that has run out of fuel and so your only option is to...

Bomber Attack Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), VIC-20 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Bomber Attack is a classic side scroller. The player pilots a bomber flying to the left, dropping bombs on enemy...

Amiga (1990)

Bomber Bob is a vertically scrolling shooter by Italian studio Idea. The player controls a dog flying a World War...

Bomber Bob In Pentagon Capers ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1985)

Arcade game, "inspired" by the arcade game of a similar name, popular at the time. Jump your caped superhero Bomber...

BomberFUN Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

BomberFUN is an action game which basically resembles the gameplay of the Bomberman genre.Using bombs which you can kick, throw,...

Bomberman DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1992), TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

The black spaceman kidnapped Bomberman's beloved and brought her to his chambers in the castle, far beyond his reach, over...

Bomberman Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2004), NES (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983), MSX (1983), PC-88 (1983), Sharp X1 (1983), FM-7 (1983), Arcade (1987) and PC-6001 (1983)

Bomberman was a robot in a bomb making factory who longed for his freedom. Rumors circulated that escaping to the...

Bomberman PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Bomberman's entry onto the PSP delivers the classical gameplay with loads of levels and gadgets, rendered entirely in 3D. White...

MSX (1997)

Bomberman 2 is a Bomberman clone, right down to the name, for the MSX2. As in its source of inspiration,...

Bomberman 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

Bomberman 64 is a 3D action platformer. In the game's one-player Adventure mode, marauders have set their sights on Bomberman's...

Nintendo 64 (1999)

While taking a well earned break from bombing, Bomberman finds himself being sucked into a black hole, created by Rukifellth's...

Bomberman '93 TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992) and Wii (2006)

Black Bomberman has cut power to the galaxy's own power station, which resulted in disputes between seven planets, and it...

Bomberman: Act: Zero Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

In a secret lab, hundreds of miles below the earth's surface, genetic tests are being performed on human slaves. Take...

PSP (2006)

Bakufū Sentai Bombermen is one of the many, many titles in Hudson's long-running bomb-blasting action series. Taking the reverse approach...

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