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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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition is the PC version of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Besides the main game,...

Ace Combat:  Assault Horizon Legacy Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy is a flight-sim / arcade fighter combat action game. The game is typically played in...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Limited Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This limited edition contains: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Soundtrack disc Downloadable F4-E Phantom II aircraft Signed notebook

Ace Combat: Joint Assault PSP Front Cover PSN (SEN) release

PSP (2010)

Ace Combat: Joint Assault leaves the fictional worlds of previous Ace Combat installments and enters the real world. The missions...

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Skies of Deception is the second game in the action flight series to appear on the PSP. The player commands...

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This sixth installment in the Ace Combat series is a prequel to Ace Combat 5 that tells about the Belkan...

Atari ST (1988)

Ace Invaders is a Space Invaders clone written in 68000 assembler. You control your ship with the joystick and your...

Jupiter Ace (1982)

Ace Invaders is a single screen side view shooter based on the arcade game Space Invaders where you control a...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

ACE Invaders is a side view single screen shooter where you control a spacecraft at the bottom of the screen,...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

On a fact-finding tour of Jupiter in the 23rd century you have discovered the planet being invaded by aliens and...

Ace Lightning Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and PlayStation 2 (2003)

This third-person action game is based on the BBC TV series of the same name and you play as the...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

This GBA version of Ace Lightning is based on the BBC TV show of the same name which is a...

Ace of Aces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Ace of Aces is a 1st person, 2D flight simulation. You're onboard a British RAF Mosquito, maverick fighter bomber. Your...

Ace of Spades Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2013)

Ace of Spades is a voxel based shooter, with fully destroyable environment similar to Fortress Wars. Since the game supports...

Windows (2000)

Aces High is a multiplayer game in which three teams fight over domination of the map. The success is measured...

DOS (1996)

A two-player aerial duel. The dogfight commences inside a wrap-around, top-down playfield, as each side tries to gun down the...

Aces of the Air PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Aces of the Air attempts to simulate combat aviation using planes from around the World War II era.Missions involve destroying...

Aces of the Deep DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Windows (1995)

This is a re-release of the 1994 DOS game Aces of the Deep. While the gameplay is unchanged it adds...

Aces of the Galaxy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

Aces of the Galaxy is a third-person, futuristic space shooter where the player needs to take on the entire Skurgian...

Aces Over Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

A WorldWar II simulation, you can fly different airplanes both on the Allied and the German side. The missions differ...

Achievement Unlocked Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Achievement Unlocked is a game that centers around meta-gaming, as in, the gameplay isn't what matters in this game, instead,...

Browser (2010)

Achievement Unlocked 2 is an expansion of the concept of its predecessor, in which the player controls an elephant walking...

Achilles Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

In Achilles, the player takes control of the famed Achilles in a side-scrolling hack-and-slash game where the main goal of...

DOS (1995)

This is a curious game that plays like a multi player version of the well known game Snake, which looks...

Commodore 64 (1989)

In Acia you control a vehicle from a top-down perspective and must destroy all blocks in order to reach the...

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