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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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Omerta: City of Gangsters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Omerta: City of Gangsters is a strategy game that takes place in Atlantic City during the 1920's, a time of...

Once Twice Thrice! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Once Twice Thrice is a top-down realtime puzzle game in which the player controls three wizards, each with a unique...

One Piece: Oceans of Dreams! PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates were once again engaged in a battle with another group of pirates....

OpenRA Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

OpenRA (Open Red Alert) is an open source real-time strategy game engine based on a reimagined version of early Westwood...

Windows (2007), Macintosh (2007) and Browser (2007)

A simulator of an off-putting subject matter, the goal of this game is for the player to stifle media outrage...

DOS (1996)

The top-down view game O-Pong plays exactly like an air hockey game. You control a paddle which you use to...

Opposites Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Opposites is a Tetris-style competitive puzzle game. Two players play simultaneously on the same field; one player adds white pieces...

Orbital Decay Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Orbital Decay is a combination of side-scrolling space shooter and defensive strategy. The story tells of a future empire of...

Orcs Must Die! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Xbox 360 (2011)

In Orcs Must Die! the player takes control of a war mage who has to defend a number of fortresses...

Orcs Must Die! 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

After the young war mage has killed thousands of Orcs in Orcs Must Die! the invasion faded and he is...

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Orczz is a tower defense game set in the Kingdom of Whiteleaf which is famous for its delicious honey wine....

DOS (1999) and Windows (2000)

Orda: Severnyi Veter, also known as Horde: The Northern Wind, is a real-time strategy game that is very similar to...

Order & Chaos Online iPad Front Cover

Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2011), iPad (2011), Windows Phone (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Order & Chaos Online is a multiplayer online role playing game set in the fantasy world of Harradon. Harradon consists...

Order of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Order of War is a real-time strategy game set in World War II, more precisely the last phase in 1944....

The Oregon Trail: American Settler iPad Front Cover

J2ME (2012), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

The Oregon Trail: American Settler is a social management game. The player builds a frontier town in Oregon, after traveling...

The Oregon Trail DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1993), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1982) and Macintosh (1993)

As a covered wagon party of pioneers, you head out west from Independence, Missouri to the Willamette River and valley...

Origamo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

In the game you have to exit the maze filled with mythological characters of 5 different philosophies (Japanese/Chinese, Tribal, Egyptian,...

Atari ST (1993)

The Original is a Boulder Dash clone for 1-4 players. The game comes with 90 levels and in each of...

Original War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Original War looks like your standard RTS until you sit down and play it. It is similar to Myth, in...

The Outforce Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The game takes place in a far future, the 25th century to be exact, where mankind is fighting for survival...

Outlaw Racers Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Outlaw Racer is a racing game that features three novel features: a randomly generated city each time you race, law...

Outlive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Outlive is a real-time strategy game set in the year 2045 where human and robots battle each other for supremacy....

Outpost Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

In the first part of the 21st century, scientists discovered a huge asteroid named Vulcan's Hammer headed straight for Earth....

Outpost 2: Divided Destiny Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Outpost 2 features colony-building strategy and a mission-based, real-time, active environment that allows players to find many paths to one...

Outpost Kaloki Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

A space-station tycoon game with a story mode and a goofy sense of humor. The Hero (that's his name) manages...

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