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 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Memotech MTX (1985) and Tatung Einstein (1986)

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Amiga (1989)

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Highway Patrol II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

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Windows (2006) and PSP (2008)

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TurboGrafx CD (1991)

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Hi, How Are You iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

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Hillbilly Whack! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

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Hillsfar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), NES (1991), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and PC-98 (1990)

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NES (1987)

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Hinterland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

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MSX (1987)

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J2ME (2007)

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Arcade (1989)

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Hired Guns DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

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Hired Team: Trial GOLD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Much as Serious Sam: The First Encounter was really a tech demo of Croteam's Serious Engine, Hired Team: Trial is...

Hiryū no Ken III: Go-nin no Ryū Senshi NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

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NES (1989)

Hissatsu Dōjō Yaburi is an RPG - beat-'em-up hybrid that casts you as a novice martial artist that sets out...

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