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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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Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns - Special Awards Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The first game in the Kohan series packaged in a new Game of the Year edition. The GOTY edition comes...

Windows (2006)

Kojoty. Zakon pustyni. Izdanie vtoroe, dopolnennoe is the second edition of Desert Law with enhanced version on story comics and...

Kona's Crate iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Kona is a primitive South Seas islander, awaiting the delivery of important packages so he can get on with his...

Konductra Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Konductra is a touch-based game where players can challenge one another via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and battle head-to-head by...

Konung 2: Blood of Titans Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The sequel to Legend of the North: Konung, from Russian developer 1C. Set in the same Scandinavian fantasy realm as...

DOS (1991)

Koolah is an English spelling of the Finnish word 'kuula' meaning the 'metal ball', that can't be squeezed and is...

Linux (2001), DOS (1996) and Windows (2001)

KOPS is a two-dimensional gravitational cave flying game. The game is primarily designed to be multiplayer, but only local split...

Korea: Forgotten Conflict Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

A real-time squad level tactical game set in the Korean War. Each squad member has varied skills they lend to...

Krazy Kreatures NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Krazy Kreatures is an action strategy game for one or two players. Critters of all sorts will fill up the...

DOS (1992)

KrisKros is a turn based, shareware, word game for one to four players. The players are presented with a selection...

Kriss Kross Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Kriss Kross is a variation of a crossword game where the player creates new words by playing various word mini...

DOS (1988)

It is the seventh millennium; the Earth is devastated, after centuries of war and multiple nuclear winters that caused a...

Atari ST (1993)

Kubes is a puzzle game written in STOS where you have to arrange falling blocks of similar colors into groups....

Kukaku Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Kukaku is a 2-player competitive puzzle game where the player must shoot colored blocks in order to match them. The...

Kumoon Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Described by the developer as a "third-chick shooter", Kumoon is a freeware puzzle game with 3D graphics made for the...

Kurusetra Browser Front Cover

Browser (2000)

Kurusetra is Indonesia's first online multiplayer web and WAP-based strategy game, using Hindu-Javanese influences of the Mahabharata Sanskrit epic of...

Windows (2001)

In Ladendetektiv, you are a security person who is in charge of the surveillance of a shop. You must prevent...

Land der Hoffnung Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In Land der Hoffnung (Land of Hope), you are the leader of the small country Breehn, which is in a...

Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows 3.x (1995), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1995)

The Dark Army is on the move again, led by the evil sorceress Scotia. Her goal is obvious: to destroy...

Larry Bond's Harpoon 3: Advanced Naval Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Larry Bond's Harpoon 3: Advanced Naval Warfare (ANW) is an update to the series that simulates naval wargaming, building on...

Larry Bond's Harpoon: Commander's Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Larry Bond's Harpoon - Commanders Edition continues to hold the standard in naval wargaming. Building on the community developed Harpoon...

Larry Bond's Harpoon: Ultimate Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This edition celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the computer Harpoon series. The two base games included are: Larry Bond's Harpoon...

Laser Surgeon: The Microscopic Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987) and TRS-80 CoCo (1987)

Laser Surgeon: The Microscopic Mission is an educational game where you are taught (or lose a patient trying...oops) to sharpen...

Last Day of Work Complete Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This Steam compilation contains the following games developed by Last Day of Work: Fish Tycoon Plant Tycoon Virtual Villagers: The...

The Last Express (Collectors Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This is a digital re-release of the original game packaged as a collectors edition and updated for compatibility with more...

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