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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Sheep's Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The main objective in Sheep's Quest is to direct a flock of sheep to an exit avoiding hazards along the...

Shengnü zhi Ge - Heroine Anthem XP Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Heroine Anthem XP is a puzzle game set in the universe of Heroine Anthem Chinese role-playing games. They tell the...

Sherman M4 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Sherman M4 is a 3D tank simulator. It is set in World War II and includes 3 campaigns; Normandy, Ardennes...

Game Boy Advance (2003)

A puzzle game spin-off of the Devil Children series. Devil children Rand and Gale (half-human, half-demon creatures able to switch...

PSP (2005)

This edition of Dynasty Warriors includes the following: Dynasty Warriors PSP Game a Koei PSP protective case a mini guide...

Shogun: Total War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Shogun: Total War is a real-time strategy game in which you play as a Daimyo, one of the warlords battling...

Shogun: Total War (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This release includes the original Shogun: Total War and the expansion Shogun: Total War: The Mongol Invasion in a single...

Shogun: Total War (Gold Edition) + Medieval: Total War (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a compilation of first two Total War games with add-ons: Shogun: Total War Shogun: Total War - The...

Shogun: Total War - The Mongol Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this expansion for Shogun: Total War, incorporating the 1.12 patch, you get the chance to wage war based on...

Shogun: Total War (Warlord Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This pack includes the original Shogun: Total War and the Mongol Invasion expansion pack. Additionally there are new features:10 new...

Shopping Crazy Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

The Smith family just wanted a fun day out shopping... and look what happened! Each of the family members got...

Windows (2004)

Pretty Japanese girls are trying to flee from the land of the Tentacled Monsters (wouldn't you?) and are relying on...

The Show Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

It's the year 2097 and after a long civil war California finally got its will and split with the USA....

Shrek-N-Roll Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2007)

Shrek-N-Roll is a small game based off the characters of the animated Shrek films, with Shrek as the giant green...

Windows (2006)

In Shriek of the Living Dead the player has to use the helpful ogre Shriek to kill zombies. The Easter...

Shrine: Circus Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Shrine: Circus Tycoon is a economical simulation where the player manages a circus. As usual the player has a building...

Sid Meier's Antietam! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Antietam! is the sequel to Gettysburg!, the first real-time Civil War wargame. Command either the Union or the Confederate side,...

Sid Meier's Civil War Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A bundle containing Sid Meier's Gettysburg! and Antietam! in a single value package.

Sid Meier's Covert Action Linux Front Cover 1st version

Linux (2014), DOS (1990), Windows (2014), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (2014)

As special agent Maximilian (or Maxine) "Max" Remington, you are the premier anti-terror agent in the world. CIA have received...

Sid Meier's Gettysburg! Windows Front Cover Confederate side

Windows (1997)

Sid Meier's Gettysburg recreates the key battle of the American Civil War in real-time, over the exact terrain the soldiers...

Sid Meier's Pirates! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), PC Booter (1987), Amiga (1990), NES (1991), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), Apple IIgs (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), Macintosh (1988), PC-88 (1989) and PC-98 (1989)

Take on the life of a buccaneer in the golden age of Caribbean Piracy! This game lets you choose from...

Sid Meier's Pirates! (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Limited Edition of Pirates came out in a bigger carton box which contains the game on 2 CDs, a...

Sid Meier's Pirates!: Live the Life Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Xbox (2005), Xbox 360 (2008), Macintosh (2008), Wii (2010), iPhone (2012), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2012)

Sid Meier returns to his roots with this remake of Sid Meier's Pirates!, his 1987 game about sailing the high...

Sid Meier's Railroads! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2012)

Sid Meier's Railroads! can be considered the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3, except that the original creator Sid Meier had...

Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Macintosh (1991), PC-98 (1991) and FM Towns (1993)

With $100000 in the bank after taking out loans and selling stocks, it's time to start a railroad! Choose from...

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