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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Forgotten Worlds Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1991), Genesis (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), TurboGrafx CD (1992), Amstrad CPC (1989), Wii (2008) and Arcade (1988)

Forgotten Worlds features two characters known as The Nameless Ones, who both look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, one even has a...

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Fork Parker's Holiday Profit Hike is a vertical-scrolling puzzle platformer game starring publisher Devolver Digital's mascot/fictive CFO Fork Parker. Company...

Formation Armed F TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover

TurboGrafx-16 (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Formation Armed F is a vertically scrolling shooter. The basic gameplay principle offers no surprises: shooting a lot of aliens...

Formation Z NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2009) and Arcade (1984)

The player competes in a marathon continuous scrolling horizontal shoot-em-up game across land, sea, air and outer space. You can...

Formula 1 Sensation NES Front Cover

NES (1993)

This 3D racing game featuring Formula 1 cars and circuits. Besides a racing a F1 grand prix championship you can...

NES (1990)

Formula One: Born To Win is a career racing game. The player begins with a Mini Cooper and claws up...

Forsaken Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1998) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

Earth has been rendered largely uninhabitable by an explosion caused by a bungled experiment. Few would dare to brave its...

Fort Apocalypse Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

The war with the Kralthans is on, and they've taken prisoners. These people must be rescued from the Draconis caves...

Game Boy Color (2001)

Based on the international game TV show of the same name which first became popular in France in the early...

Fortified Zone Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

A male and a female commando named Masato Kanzaki & Mizuki Makimura have been sent to the jungle on a...

Fortix Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Fortix is a Qix variant with a medieval fantasy theme. The game takes places in the land of Fortiana where...

Fortress BBC Micro Front Cover

BBC Micro (1983)

Fortress is a clone of SEGA's Zaxxon, copying many elements of the original game. Using a scrolling isometric perspective, players...

The Fortress of Dr. Radiaki DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is one of the tons of Doom clones that were released in 1994/1995. The story: Dr. Radiaki has created...

Vectrex (1982)

You are in a hovercraft in a interestingly drawn land, Ahead is the Fortress of Narzod. From it's gate come...

ZX81 (1982)

Fortress of Zorlac is a shoot 'em up with some similarities to Yars' Revenge. The player's objective is to rid...

Fortress Underground Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

A hostile power station has been discovered in a huge underground cavern. Your mission is to destroy it. Your battle...

ZX81 (1983)

It's 1849 and the American gold rush has just started. The player in this game is one of the many...

Fort Zombie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Scientists thought it was a disease, but those who believed in their cures only died in hospitals. The clergy thought...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Imagination Invaders is a 3D adventure/action game based on the popular Cartoon Network cartoon. Players control Bloo in a 3D...

Fotonica Browser Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), Browser (2011), iPhone (2014), iPad (2014) and Ouya (2013)

Fotonica is a first-person running game, similar to Canabalt. With only one button, the player has to run and jump...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

The player is taken the role of Zak, a prisoner in a planetary prison called “Waste”, and of course, you...

Atari ST (1989)

Your task in this action puzzler is to keep the Buckingham Palace bins neatly arranged. Pieces will drop towards you...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1987)

Four Great Games is a collection of four games with two released and two unreleased and contains the following:The released...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1988)

Four Great Games: Volume 3 is a collection of four games with three released games and one unreleased game that...

Amiga (2013)

A four-player Pac-Man variation. Another stand-out feature is that it runs in high-res (or med-res) 640x256 mode in 16 colours....

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