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 64 (1993)

You are the best helicopter pilot there is and due to your heroics you are now part of the Gladiator...

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance is an epic action packed game that takes place in the times of the Roman empire....

Glare Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Glare is a side-scrolling platformer. It has a backstory (aliens infect planets with darkness and the protagonist, the light guardian...

Windows (2009)

Glasshouse is a student project made for the BIT:IMD program at Carleton University draws inspiration from Portal and the gravity...

TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1983)

Glaxxons is basically a Galaga clone, with some notable differences. First of all, your ship can not move only at...

Glider 4.0 for Windows Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

A port of a Macintosh title, Glider puts you in the role of a paper airplane in its quest to...

Windows (2005)

In a distant future when mankind finally stopped fighting with itself for the dominion of space the brightest minds in...

Glider Rider ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The World Government has taken the decision to wipe out the Abraxas Corporation, a weaponry-dealing regime that has helped dictators...

GlitchHiker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

GlitchHiker is a single-screen game where players guide a character around to collect coins. The background is filled with blocks...

Atari ST (1990)

Glob is a collect-em-up game written in STOS.You are trapped in Dr Car-acar-ton's clinic and to escape you need to...

Global Agenda Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Global Agenda is a multiplayer action game set after World War III. But instead of the usual post-apocalyptic scenario the...

Global Defence Force PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The second game in the The Chikyuu Boueigun series, renamed Global Defence Force for its English release (similarly the first...

Global Defense Network Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Global Defense Network is always looking out for the welfare of our planet. To that end, they are always...

Global Domination Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1999)

Global Domination is an action-based strategical wargame that is based on the fictional game James Bond plays against Maximillian Largo...

Global Operations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Global Operations (GOPS) is a first person shooter game that puts you in some of today's hotspots, like Chechnya, Sri...

Global Ops: Commando Libya Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

In Global Ops: Command Libya an atomic bomb has made its way to the regime in Lybia. Now they probably...

Windows (2005)

In Global War on Terror: Death Strike the player fights against Samo Al Robi, founder of the terror organization NWO....

Globdule Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

One of not-nearly-enough games to star an amorphous blob, Globdule sees your character moving around a level by sliding along...

Commodore 64 (1990)

Set in the future, Globetrotter is a side view scrolling game where the screen scrolls to the left or right...

Browser (2011) and iPad (2011)

Globetrotters is a game for up to four players played on a single screen. Each player uses a single key...

Globey - On the Roll! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Globey - On The Roll! is an arcade game where the player controls a rolling dragon called Globey, destroying obstacles...

Amiga (1990)

In Globulus, the player takes the role of Globby, a alien who is on a dangerous journey. This is an...

G-Loc Air Battle Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1991), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Game Gear (1991), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992), Amstrad CPC (1992), Nintendo 3DS (2012) and Arcade (1990)

The Citizens Defence Force does not trust the United Nations to keep a troubled 21st century world at peace. It...

Gloom Amiga CD32 Front Cover

Amiga (1995) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

As the title implies, Gloom is an attempt at recreating Doom for the Amiga. In 1995 this was a big...

Amiga (1996)

Gloom Deluxe is essentially an upgrade to the previous Gloom. It includes the same levels, but with improved graphics and...

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