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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Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Five Star III is a collection of three released games, two unreleased games, plus two free games that contains the...

FizzBall Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006), Macintosh (2006) and Wii (2009)

FizzBall was obviously inspired by Breakout/Arkanoid, and the cult hit Katamari Damacy. In the game you bounce a small bubble...

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

This is a compilation that contains the games: Professor Fizzwizzle The Amazing Brain Train! Professor Fizzwizzle and the Molten Mystery...

Windows (2010) and Browser (2010)

A minimalist response to Crayon Physics, this game presents a similar premise -- the player's goal to bring a ball...

Commodore 64 (1984)

In the year 2096 a huge rogue CPU called Computer Control is trying to take over the universe and you...

Flak Warrior  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Flak Warrior is simple arcade shooter. The player takes care of a flak cannon and kills every plane which crosses...

Browser (2008)

Flam is a side-scrolling platformer featuring the titular flamingo in his quest to save his own kind. He must collect...

Arcade (1999)

Flame Gunner is a 3D arcade shooter. The game is very simple - the player (or players) must perform a...

Flames of Freedom DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

This sequel to Midwinter takes place years after the events of the first game. The world has thawed and Midwinter...

PC-98 (1996)

Flame Zapper Kotsujin is a vertically-scrolling sci-fi-themed shoot-em-up. The player controls a fighter spacecraft, advancing through five large levels swarming...

Commodore 64 (2008)

Piloting a small helicopter, you fly through a tunnel. The only way to control your vehicle is to keep pressing...

Browser (2014)

Flappy Bert is a clone of Flappy Bird that stars Bert of Sesame Street fame, being held aloft by a...

Atari ST (2014)

This is a clone of the popular Flappy Bird game, for the Atari ST. You flap the wings of the...

Flappy Bird Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Flappy Bird is a simple game where the player has to guide a bird through a level filled with pipes...

Amiga (2014)

Flappy Bird is a straight clone of Flappy Bird for smartphones, itself based on many a one-button game. You let...

Flappy Toucan bada Front Cover

bada (2014)

Flappy Toucan is a clone of Flappy Bird. Like in Flappy Bird the player controls a bird (a toucan in...

Browser (2014)

FlappyWang is an unofficial remake of Flappy Bird, substituting the bird with ninja master Lo Wang from the classic first...

Flashback Windows Front Cover

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

Flashback is a remake of Flashback: The Quest for Identity and follows the same main plot as the original with...

Flashback: The Quest for Identity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Jaguar (1995), Amiga (1992), SEGA CD (1994), 3DO (1993), CD-i (1994), Macintosh (1995), iPhone (2009), FM Towns (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

The year is 2142. The player takes control of Conrad B. Hart, a man who has lost his memory. After...

Commodore 64 (1987)

It is raining heavily outside your house, and the object of this game is to catch the falling raindrops before...

Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Another one of Nintendo's games designed to train your brain. This one is designed to give your eyes a workout...

Arcade (1985)

Flashgal is an action game with automatic side scrolling, in which you control an heroine who will have to get...

Flash Gear Solid VR: The NIKITA Missions Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Flash Gear Solid VR: The NIKITA Missions is an unofficial game based on Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions where there...

Flash Gordon VIC-20 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and VIC-20 (1983)

You are Flash Gordon. Many spacemen have entered Spider City but never returned. Your job, Flash, is two fold. Rescue...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Flash Hiders is an anime-style 2D fighting game with a distinct RPG slant. The game has a heavy focus on...

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