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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Browser (1996)

In Destroyer player control a ship attacked by submarines passing below. The player's ship can be moved left or right...

Commodore 64 (1987)

In this side view horizontally shooter which constantly scrolls from left to right, you must fly over the surface of...

Destruction Derby DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007), Android (2011) and PS Vita (2012)

You probably feel like a crash test dummy when you're playing this game - it's not only a racing game,...

Destruction Derby 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and PlayStation (1996)

This sequel to the original Destruction Derby offers more of the same no-holds-barred action and mayhem with new tracks and...

Destruction Derby Raw PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

The third Destruction Derby title on PSX brings all new action to the race track. A new 3D collision detection...

DOS (1992)

Destruction Zone is a shareware tank game for one to three players.The game is played in an arena with six...

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

You are leading a mission to destroy Dr. Destructo's array of ships, and ultimately his island hideout, over 21 levels....

Browser (2009)

Destructoid Review: Mad Dog McCree Gunslinger Pack is a video review created for video game website Destructoid by Anthony Burch...

Detana!! TwinBee Wii Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1992), Wii (2007), Sharp X68000 (1991), Wii U (2014) and Arcade (1991)

Another top-down shooter in the TwinBee series of "cute'em ups".Detana!! Introduces for the first time the characters behind the TwinBee...

Detana!! Twinbee Yahoo! Deluxe Pack SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

Prepare to enter the bizarre side of Konami's creative mind with their Twinbee series! Take control of the fighter ships,...

Detective Barbie 2: The Vacation Mystery Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In Detective Barbie 2: The Vacation Mystery, Team Barbie Detective (comprised of Barbie, Ken, and wheelchair-bound computer whiz Kelly) decides...

Detective Barbie: The Mystery Cruise  PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Three pieces of valuable artwork have been stolen from a cruise ship's art gallery. Now it's up to Detective Barbie...

Windows (1997)

Detective Bogey is a platformer based on the eponymous Spanish animated series. The player takes control over private detective Bogey...

Determinance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Determinance is a sword fighting simulator. Each player takes on the role of an immortal super warrior who have been...

Dethkarz Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Dethkarz is a fast, arcade-like racing game with futuristic cars and tracks. All courses are set high up in the...

Windows (2005)

Detonate is a short game where the goal is to detonate as many boxes as possible in 50 seconds. Bullets...

Amiga (1987)

Detonator is a Breakout variant with 50 levels. The player controls a paddle at the bottom of the screen which...

Deus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

In the world of the future interplanetary terrorism is a big threat to the universe, but since the terrorists are...

Deus Ex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2002), Macintosh (2000) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Some time during the 2050's, the world is a dangerous place as terrorists, drug czars, and outlaw states rule, using...

Deus Ex Complete Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This collection includes the first two Deus Ex games: Deus Ex Deus Ex: Invisible War

Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this new edition of the acclaimed PC title Deus Ex, you get the full original game with a brand...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Windows Front Cover

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

In a near future dominated by chaos, conspiracies and biomechanical augmentations, society is divided by various organizations fighting for supremacy,...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Augmented Edition) Windows Front Cover

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

This Augmented Edition includes: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Bonus disc containing a 44 minute making-of, soundtrack, E3 trailer and animated...

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

This edition is exclusive to Belgium and the Netherlands. It includes: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (base game) Deus Ex: Human...

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Collector's Edition) PlayStation 3 Front Cover

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

This limited edition includes: The content of Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Augmented Edition) Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Explosive Mission...

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