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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Hop Skip and Jump Android Front Cover

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

Hop Skip and Jump is an action fangame, based on the TV cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The...

DOS (1996)

The bio-droid, Hopy-ONE, was created in a laboratory Professor Jonathan Silt had set up in 2013 to research the F.L.V....

Horace Goes Skiing Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

A more accurate title for this would be "Horace Goes Skiing, but only if he can brave a Frogger clone...

Horace & The Spiders ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

A short platformer with three stages. First Horace must jump over spiders while running forward. The next stage is reached...

DOS (1994)

Horangi-eui Bunno 2: Pi, Don, Geurigo Nunmul ("Rage of Tiger 2: Blood, Money, and Tears") is a sequel to Horangi-eui...

The Horde DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SEGA Saturn (1995), 3DO (1994), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

You are Chauncey, a serving lad who saves his monarch from choking on his meal. The King rewards you with...

Apple II (1982)

While on a routine patrol of one of the five planetoid outposts of the Galactic Federation, you are set upon...

Horizon X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Your homeworld is under attack by alien forces, and the only way stop the aliens from bombing your world to...

Horn Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Horn is an action-adventure game. The player takes control of Horn, a young boy who mysteriously wakes up one day...

Windows (2001)

Hornado is 2D side-scrolling shoot 'em up similar to Katakis, X-Out or R-Type. The player controls a spaceship, flies to...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Originating on the arcades (where it was known as Demon's World to the Western audience), Horror Story is an "old-style"...

Windows (2003)

Horrorween is a top-down 2D shooter with gameplay mechanics very similar to Crimsonland. The player fights against hordes of zombies...

Horror Zombies from the Crypt DOS Front Cover

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

Horror Zombies from the Crypt pays homage to the horror genre of the 1950's by creating Count Frederick Valdemar (our...

Horse Race Starter Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Horse Race Starter is a very simple "race game", where the player takes the part of the signaler for a...

DOS (1982)

An adaptation of Snake where your multi-segmented character represents a garden hose: move it about in four directions across the...

Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Apple IIgs (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Macintosh (1989), BBC Micro (1990), Electron (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Terrorists have overrun an embassy and hold the people inside as hostages. You control six counter-terrorists whose mission is to...

Atari ST (1990)

Hostile Reception is a multi screen shoot'em-up game written in STOS.You must destroy the evil Slians and restore peace to...

Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The year is 2032. The world is at peace, after having banished war in the final battle long ago. All...

Hotel Dash: Suite Success Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and iPad (2011)

Quinn - of Wedding Dash fame - has started booking honeymoon's as a new line of business, in addition to...

Amiga (1989)

In this game you play the role of a detective who is hunting murderers in a hotel. The gameplay involves...

Hotel Mario CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

This is a puzzle game based on the Nintendo character Mario. The Princess has invited Mario and Luigi to a...

Hotline Miami Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), PS Vita (2013) and PlayStation 4 (2014)

Hotline Miami is a violent top-down action game set in Miami, Florida in 1989. The protagonist is a hitman, nicknamed...

Hot Pixel PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Hot Pixel is a casual game happening in a pixellized universe mixed from street culture, digital lifestyle and old-school style...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Reminiscent of the original arcade style games, players steer a bus with a group of multicolored spuds on it. As...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Arcade (1988)

Hot Rod is a top-view racing game influenced by Super Sprint, in which three miniature cars race to complete a...

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