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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Atari ST (1991)

Dizzy Lizzy 2 is a Boulder Dash clone and the sequel to Dizzy Lizzy written in STOS.You have to guide...

Dizzypad - Frog Jump Fun iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

Dizzypad - Frog Jump Fun is a casual game that features a simple challenge: jump a frog across a pond...

Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Grand Dizzy needs help testing his toy making machine and you Dizzy have agreed to help. Your job is to...

Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1992), NES (1993), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Rockwart the Troll has cast a spell on Daisy, leaving her asleep for 100 years. Dizzy sets off to put...

Dizzy's Excellent Adventures Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Game Gear (1994), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

A collection of five games starring the egg-shaped Dizzy character. All formats include:Kwik SnaxPanic DizzySpellbound DizzyDizzy: Prince of the YolkfolkAdditionally,...

Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Dizzy's world is being threatened by the evil wizard Zaks. The player takes control of Dizzy, the anthropomorphic egg, who...

DJ Boy Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1990) and Arcade (1989)

Skating DJ Boy's girl has been kidnapped by the town's local goons and DJ Boy is the only one who...

DJ Hero 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and Wii (2010)

DJ Hero 2 is the follow up on the Faux instrument rhythm game DJ Hero. Using either a standard console...

Windows (2004)

DJMAX is an online multiplayer game, similar to IIDX or O2JAM. The gameplay consists of notes falling down the screen,...

PSP (2009)

DJ Max Fever is an action rhythm game in Pentavision's popular DJ Max series. It is based on the Korean...

DJ Max Portable PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

DJ Max Portable for the PSP is an adaptation of the online-enabled PC game DJ MAX. It follows the gameplay...

PSP (2007)

DJ MAX Portable 2 is a music-rhythm game similar to Konami's Beatmania series. On the easiest setting, the game uses...

DJ Puff DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

The player is DJ Puff the fire breathing dragon, set out to fry all your enemies in one puff. The...

DK: Jungle Climber Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Donkey Kong and his extended family are taking a vacation on Sun Sun Island. All of a sudden, they spot...

DK: King of Swing Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005) and Wii U (2014)

Cranky is hosting the Jungle Jam contest. Before the contest can begin, King K. Rool steals the medallions. It's up...

DLC Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

DLC Quest is a 2D platformer that mocks the use of DLC (downloadable content) for commercial games as a barrier...

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013)

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die is DLC for DLC Quest. The expansion is included for free with the Mac...

DOS (1995)

This CD compilation contains 500 deathmatch levels for Doom and Doom II taken from the net and bundled together on...

DmC: Devil May Cry Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

DmC: Devil May Cry is the fifth game in the hack-and-slash third-person action series and the first not largely developed...

DmC: Devil May Cry - Bloody Palace Mode DLC Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

DmC: Devil May Cry - Bloody Palace DLC is a DLC mode for DmC: Devil May Cry. This DLC features...

Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

This limited edition is exclusive to Japan and contains: DmC: Devil May Cry DMC x Dense Material Collection art book...

DmC: Devil May Cry - Vergil's Downfall DLC Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

DmC: Devil May Cry - Vergil's Downfall DLC is a DLC mode for DmC: Devil May Cry. This DLC takes...

Windows (2002)

dMuse is an interactive screenmate desktop toy with a twist. The software displays full motion video of Sexy Nude Muses...

Windows (2006)

You are a one-man commando with the code name "Loveless" sent into North Korea to discover whether they are secretly...

Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Professor R. Szymanski has injected an accelerator and DNA into your brain to make you more intelligent. Just as the...

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