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Real-Time

Description

Real-time refers to gameplay that happens without waiting for player input, i.e. in real time. Action games are real-time by default and therefore do not require this tag.

The real-time tag is used for RTS (real-time strategy) games, many managerial simulations which are not turn-based (e.g. Transport Tycoon), as well as puzzle games that require quick thinking, such as Tetris variants.

This tag is also used to describe combat in certain role-playing games (the ATB system of many Final Fantasy games or the Infinity Engine combat in Baldur's Gate and some other Western RPGs). This type of combat requires the player to manage the activities of the combatants in real time, and should not be confused with that of Action RPGs, where combat is action-oriented.

Rare examples of real-time games outside of the aforementioned genres (e.g. The Last Express) also exist.
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FireFly Studios' Stronghold Warchest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Warchest is the two-for-one release of Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader. Paper manuals are not bundled in the...

DOS (1995)

As its subtitle states, Firestorm is a forest fire simulation -- the first in a series of similar games by...

Browser (2009)

The name of this falling-block puzzle reinterpretation isn't what it might immediately suggest, the player seeing a tetromino's approaching landing...

PC-98 (1988) and Sharp X68000 (1989)

The land of Logris is home to many races and nations: humans, elves, dwarves, centaurs, and others. It is divided...

PC-98 (1993)

Out of Chaos, Earth and Heaven were born. The spirits were the first sentient race to appear in the Heaven,...

First Queen II: Sabaku no Joō PC-98 Front Cover

PC-98 (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

The second entry in First Queen series is set in a pseudo-historical environment, based on real world countries at the...

PlayStation (1996) and PC-98 (1994)

The land of Logris was originally inhabited by elves, dwarves, and other magical creatures. When the humans arrived, the cultural...

SNES (1994)

Ornic Senki is a remake of First Queen. The game retains the basic gameplay and the story of the original....

First Samurai Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1993), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1992), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

"The Demon King descends from his mountain domain to you, the First Samurai and your master. Defenceless against the Demon's...

DOS (1989) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Flash Attack is one of the very few multi-machine multiplayer games for the Commodore PET.In this real-time strategy game two...

SEGA Master System (1991), MSX (1991) and Arcade (1989)

Flashpoint is a Tetris variant. The various shapes of the falling blocks and their rotation are identical to the prototype....

Flee Android Front Cover

Android (2010)

Flee is based on LCD display handhelds of the 80's and 90's. The game revolves around a car driving along...

Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Airline Transport Pilot is an advanced simulator from subLOGIC, that allows you to fly airliners, such as Boeing 737, 747,...

DOS (1993)

Floatris is a Tetris clone. Instead of playing one game at a time, the player plays eight games simultaneously. And...

Wii (2009)

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked! is an interactive cooking title utilizing the Wii's motion controls as you, the player,...

Foosball Champ 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Foosball Champ 3D is a simulation of the game of Foosball. Play against three different levels of AI, or play...

Force 21 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Game Boy Color (2000)

It is the year 2015, and China is invading Russia for more resources. In their way is the US "Force...

Commodore 64 (1986)

The Force is a strategy game that allows you to control the police force in a fictional town called Middletown....

Forgotten Lands: First Colony Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Forgotten Lands: First Colony plays like a simplified version of classic real-time strategy games like the original Warcraft and Settlers....

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999)

Forgotten Realms: The Archives - Collection Two is a compilation of seven games released for the PC based on the...

Forsaken World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Dyos, the God of Creation, discovered the world of Eyrda and alongside other gods he called upon while studying a...

Windows (2012)

After the Second Nino War, when the Gods withdrew from the world, they also took with them the sacred Nightfall...

Windows (2012)

That the Lycans fight for the Storm Legion is well known, yet this doesn't necessarily mean that all of them...

For the Glory: A Europa Universalis Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Being very similar to the traditional Europa Universalis series, For the Glory is a new version of Europa Universalis II...

Fortress Europe: The Liberation of France Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Fortress Europe: The Liberation of France is a real-time strategy wargame covering the Allied Invasion of Normandy. The game's units...

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