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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DeathSpank Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

DeathSpank is an action role-playing game by game designer Ron Gilbert. Described by Gilbert as 'Monkey Island meets Diablo', DeathSpank...

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue is the sequel to DeathSpank. It was also created by Ron Gilbert and follows a similar...

ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Death Stalker is 2D platform/adventure game. The player controls a mysterious man wearing a priest's robe and is armed with...

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

DeathStar is a clone of Sinistar with identical gameplay. Players command a ship in space with the backdrop scrolling endlessly...

Commodore 64 (1983)

The last post of humanity in the Galaxy is on a planet on the edge called Earth, and the evil...

Atari ST (1987) and Sinclair QL (1987)

Deathstrike is a clone of Scramble. The player controls a futuristic aircraft, bombing and shooting enemy objects on ground and...

Death Sword DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), Atari 8-bit (1992), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987), iPhone (2012), BBC Micro (1988), Electron (1988) and iPad (2012)

The evil magician Drax is terrorizing the jeweled city and cast a spell over the beautiful princess Marina who is...

Death Tank Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Death Tank mixes the gameplay of Scorched Earth and the Worms series with tanks. The game is set on a...

Death to Spies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Death to Spies is a third-person shooter with a focus on stealth. The story is told as a series of...

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is the sequel to the stealth action title Death to Spies.You are Captain Semion...

Deathtrack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

In the future, races are held across America where the drivers race for money, and their lives. You are the...

Death Track: Resurrection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Death Track: Resurrection is a remake of the 1989 game Deathtrack. It is a futuristic driving game that combines arcade...

Death Trap Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983)

You have been sent to deliver a message. Suddenly, you run into the giant ship IT. IT doesn't want that...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Death Trap is a side-scrolling platform game with light puzzle-solving elements that usually don't go further than finding levers to...

Death vs. Monstars Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Death vs. Monstars you control a shooting skull that fights massive amounts of enemies. Divided into ten levels, the...

Commodore 64 (1985)

The war over The Homeland is on the brink of being lost by the Allies as The Enemy hold the...

Death Wish 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The actor Charles Bronson played the iconic role of vigilante Paul Kersey in 5 movies where he takes the law...

Death Worm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

If you've ever secretly harboured a desire to snap up entire elephants in a single bite, Death Worm, more Shai-Hulud...

de Blob Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

The evil I.N.K.T. Corporation has invaded Chroma City, using their machines to suck the color out of the environment and...

de Blob J2ME Front Cover

BREW (2008), J2ME (2008), iPhone (2008), BlackBerry (2009) and Android (2009)

de Blob is the mobile version of the 2008 de Blob console game of the same name, and a reimagening...

de Blob 2 Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

de Blob 2's story starts off with the central location, Prisma City, and its upcoming general election following the events...

Debris Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Debris is an Asteroids clone for Windows. Players control a ship that can be moved around freely in a single-screen...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Debris is a simple action game in which the player must prevent a wall from being destroyed in a sort-of...

Debrysis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Debrysis is a futuristic arena shooter reminiscent of Robotron: 2084 and Mutant Storm. With five available arenas, players control a...

Windows (2008)

Debugger was developed for the 2008 Toronto Game Jam and won second place. As the competition's theme was cheese in...

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