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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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)

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Glory Days 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

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Glover Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1998)

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Windows (2005)

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Linux (2014) and Windows (2014)

GlPortal is a 1st-person puzzle game based around physics and teleportation similar to the Portal series. The player controls the...

Linux (1998) and Windows (2000)

The player drives a lightcycle (a futuristic bike from the movie Tron), that leaves a inpenetrable trail behind. There are...

Glug Glug ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

As a deep sea diver, you sense an opportunity to gain untold wealth from the large number of treasures which...

Windows (2009)

In Glum Buster, a free "charityware" game, you travel to several surreal worlds to bust up some "glum". On your...

Macintosh (1995)

Glypha III is in many ways a clone of the arcade classic Joust, but features several innovations.As in joust, your...

Gmail (included game) Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

There's a tradition of including versions of the snake game with application software, so it's not too odd to find...

Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

As a newly qualified graduate of the Space Geology College, things are looking good for G Man as he explores...

DOS (1986)

Although sounding similar to Snafu and hanging onto the element of a growing wall from that game Gnafu is more...

ZX Spectrum (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Gnasher is a game based on the classic Pac-Man.Like most other Pac-Man clones gameplay stays very close to the original...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

In G.Nius the player takes the role of G.Nius, a robot, who has crash landed with his space ship. Now...

G-Nome Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

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J2ME (2004)

The mobile version of 7 Zwerge: Das Brettspiel is a jump-and-run game based on the Snow White fairy tale, and...

Macintosh (1990)

Gnop! is a variant of Pong that is most notable for being the first game developed by Bungie Software. The...

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

The Goalkeeper casts you as a rookie goalkeeper, for one of the five weakest clubs in your home country’s top...

Goat Simulator Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Goat Simulator is a parody game where you play as a goat. The gameplay is similar to sandbox games with...

Gobble A Ghost ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Gobble A Ghost is a clone of the classic arcade game 'Pac-Man'. The player moves around a maze gobbling up...

Jupiter Ace (1983)

Gobbledegook is a Pac-Man clone. As always the player controls his gobbler through a maze and has to collect as...

Camputers Lynx (1983)

Gobble De Spook is a Pac-Man variant with the same features as the original. The playe's aim is to achieve...

ZX81 (1982)

Gobbleman is a clone of the arcade game Pac-Man and has you attempting to clear a maze by eating all...

DOS (1982)

This text-mode BASIC game finds you in a large room littered with dots. Your character's goal is to gobble up...

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