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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Dragon Power NES Front Cover

NES (1986)

Goku and Nora (Bulma) are on a quest to find seven crystal balls. By finding all of these crystal balls,...

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The peaceful Sulabacca island of the slime kingdom of Sulan has been invaded! All 100 of the inhabitants of the...

Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

The long running Dragon Quest series' Wii debut takes place in the land of Avalonia and is an 'on rails'...

Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Dreamcast (2001)

The Dragon Riders of Pern have protected their world from the alien oppressor Thread, but now they have all gone...

Dragonriders of Pern Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Dragonriders of Pern is a strategy game with action sequences, based on the novels by Anne McCaffrey, with a strong...

TurboGrafx-16 (1991), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1990)

Whereas Dragon Spirit was a multi-format conversion, only Turbo-Grafx / PC Engine users initially got to play the lesser-known sequel...

DOS (1986)

Long ago in a far away land, the Princes Gwen was captured and imprisoned in a castle. Your goal is...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

In Dragon Scape, the player takes the role of a young man who gets magically transported into the land Tuvania....

Dragon's Crown PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

The Dragon's Crown is a legendary artifact that allows its bearer to control any dragon. The king of Hydeland has...

DragonsDen Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

In DragonsDen you're playing as Den, a knight armed with a lance on a flying horse. The controls are easy,...

Dragon's Dogma Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Dragon's Dogma is an action RPG set in an open world fantasy universe. It is ruled by a giant dragon...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Dragon Sisters is set 100 years after the great war, and the East Asian state is not doing very well....

J2ME (2003)

When the young sorceress Stella Maris returns to her home, she discovers her black cat Mimi has been kidnapped by...

Dragonskulle Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986)

In this game, you are trying to search for the evil skull of souls. You begin an a small island...

Dragon's Lair DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (1999), Jaguar (1995), SEGA CD (1993), 3DO (1994), Nintendo DS (2010), PSP (2011), Xbox 360 (2012), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1994), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2009), Android (2011), iPad (2010) and Arcade (1983)

Originally released in the arcades as a laserdisc game, Dragon's Lair is an interactive cartoon movie. Players control Dirk the...

Dragon's Lair DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990) and Macintosh (1990)

Dirk the Daring was a heroic, if clumsy knight. When Princess Daphne was kidnapped by the dragon, Singe, and taken...

Dragon's Lair Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Players control Dirk the Daring, a knight on a quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the evil dragon, Singe. They...

SNES (1992)

This version of Dragon's Lair is a departure from the earlier arcade titles of the same name. Instead of recreating...

Dragon's Lair Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

When Electronic Arts released the C64 adaptation of the classic arcade game in the United States as part of their...

Dragon's Lair Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Coleco Adam (1984)

The first home conversion of the legendary Dragon's Lair laserdisc arcade game was originally released for the Coleco Adam home...

Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The goofy, but courageous knight Dirk the Daring is on a quest to save the pretty princess Daphne. The princess...

Dragon's Lair Deluxe Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Dragon's Lair Deluxe Pack includes Windows 95 compatible versions of Don Bluth's classic arcade full-motion video games:Dragon's LairSpace AceDragon's Lair...

Windows (2000)

Another conversion of the classic 1983 laserdisc coin-op Dragon's Lair. Now taking advantage of the DVD format, Dragon's Lair can...

Dragon's Lair: Escape from Singe's Castle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Dirk the Daring is a heroic, if clumsy knight. When Princess Daphne was kidnapped by the dragon, Singe, and taken...

Dragon's Lair III: The Curse of Mordread DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

A sequel to the earlier coin-op, cartoon games by Don Bluth, this one has Dirk dodging through various time periods...

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