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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Desert Racing of BarDos Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (2005)

The desert planet of BarDos is not a friendly planet, but that is exactly why it is sought out by...

J2ME (2004)

In Desert Rally, you ride a bike in a single desert track race, while fighting the four other riders with...

Desert Speedtrap starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote SEGA Master System Front Cover

Game Gear (1994) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This is a platform game starring Looney Tunes famous Road Runner(who you control) and nemesis Wile E. Coyote. Road Runner...

DOS (1994)

This game is a compilation of four different arcade games with common idea - US operation in Middle East. First-person...

Desert Strike and Jungle Strike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Combo budget re-release of Electronic Arts' helicopter action game Desert Strike and its follow-up Jungle Strike.

Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Game Boy (1995), Game Boy Advance (2002), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Lynx (1993), Amiga (1993), Game Gear (1994), SEGA Master System (1992) and BlackBerry (2013)

The first game in the Strike series. A year after the Gulf War, a self-styled general named Kilbaba (Muababa in...

Desert Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Desert Thunder is a arcade style third person tank combat game. The eight mission campaign places you in the top...

Amiga (1996)

Desert Wolf is an action simulation game. The player is a fighter pilot. The game is divided into a number...

Designasaurus II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Designasaurus II is an educational simulation game with action elements, playing in the far future. It enables you to create...

Windows (2006)

The Design is a shooting game where the player simultaneously controls two circles, yellow and green, which can be freely...

Windows (1999)

Desktop Destroy II: Chicken Carnage allows the player to destroy his desktop and shoot chickens at the same time. The...

The Desolate Hope Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

On a distant edge of an unknown planet, an abandoned structure sits in silence. Constructed by an unmanned research vessel...

Windows (2007)

On a remote deserted island, a small coffee robot is slowly becoming aware of his surroundings. He doesn't know how...

Desolator MSX Front Cover

MSX (1986)

Desolator is best described as Defender without the little men. What is still there is the fast horizontally scrolling landscape,...

DOS (1995)

2nd game in the series. The aliens from the first game are back and they are after you! Fight for...

DOS (1995)

Another first person shooter using the 3d game creation engine. 3rd game in the Dispair series. In this installment you...

Despatch Rider Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1986)

Despatch Rider is a side-scrolling arcade game. The goal of the player is to make as much money as possible...

Desperado 2 Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

In Desperado 2, the sequel to Gun.Smoke, the player is Marshall James, a sheriff sent by the State of Texas...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Desperado Dan must escape to freedom, being trapped in a set of green-screen platform levels. Each screen is guarded not...

J2ME (2007)

This game is based on the movie by Robert Rodriguez. The player slips into the role of El Mariachi, who...

Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

John Cooper's brother, Marshal Ross Cooper, was brutally murdered by a criminal known as "Angel Face". Swearing revenge, John sets...

Destination Earthstar NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Two centuries ago, an alien species known as the Kojans kidnapped the people of Earth and made them their slaves....

Destiny Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

Destiny is a futuristic first-person shooter set in a persistent world. When humans first set foot on Mars they discovered...

Destiny: Expansion I - The Dark Below PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

The Dark Below is the first DLC expansion for Destiny. It contains three new competitive multiplayer Crucible arenas (Pantheon, Skyshock,...

Destiny (Limited Edition) PlayStation 4 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2014), PlayStation 3 (2014), PlayStation 4 (2014) and Xbox One (2014)

This limited edition includes: Destiny Antique star chart Arms and armament field guide Destiny expansion pass Exclusive player emblem and...

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