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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SNES (1993)

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Nintendo 64 (1998)

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The Hidden Below DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

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Hidden & Dangerous 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

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Hidden & Dangerous 2: Courage Under Fire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

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Windows (2004)

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Hidden & Dangerous Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

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Hidden & Dangerous: Devil's Bridge Windows Front Cover

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Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and iPhone (2009)

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The Hidden Object Show Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

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Windows 3.x (1995) and CD-i (1995)

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Hieronymus Bash Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

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NES (1987) and MSX (1987)

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High Delivery Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

What's that up in the sky? Ah, it's a balloon. It's flying high up and above, going higher and higher...

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