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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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StarDrive Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

StarDrive is a space strategy game in which the player takes the role of an aspiring empire. The goal is...

Star Fleet II: Krellan Commander DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

Sequel to Star Fleet I: The Battle Begins, this time you have been accepted as an Altern (UGA equivalent for...

Starflight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Windows (2014), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Macintosh (1990)

A long time ago, a great empire comprised of Humans, Velox, Thrynn and Elowan ruled the stars. The Empire's currency...

Starflight 1+2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

This digitally distributed game collection includes: Starflight Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula

Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Windows (2014), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Following the events of the first Starflight, the galaxy is at relative peace. The balance of power is disrupted when...

Starfront: Collision iPhone Front Cover

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

Starfront: Collision is a real-time strategy game similar to StarCraft. Sometime in the distant future the humans have located a...

Starhawk PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012)

Starhawk is a third-person shooter and the spiritual successor to Warhawk. The game retains the large-scale mayhem of the earlier...

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Star Mobile is a real-time puzzle game. A large scale is displayed on the screen, and stars continuously fall on...

Star Ocean: The Last Hope Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a single-player, role-playing game released exclusively for the Xbox360 system. The Playstation 3 version,...

Star Ocean: The Last Hope - International PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2010)

Star Ocean: The Last Hope - International, exclusive for the Playstation 3, is an upgraded version of the Xbox 360...

Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Limited Collector's Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

The collection comes in a 'digistack' packaging with dual gatefold and contains: Star Ocean: The Last Hope The soundtrack disc...

Starpoint Gemini Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Starpoint Gemini is a combination of RPG, simulation and tactical strategy. It is set in a science-fiction version of the...

Star Reach DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Star Reach is set in space in the 23rd century. After an unsuccessful peace attempt between the seven alien nations...

Windows (2004)

Starshatter brings together some of the most popular features of space and flight sim games into a single game. The...

DOS (1984)

This game's author, all of whose games deal in some fashion with space exploration, felt a certain systemic turn-based pause...

Starships Unlimited Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Starships Unlimited is a space strategy game along the lines of Master of Orion, but with a focus on individual...

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy is a real time strategy game with a common misunderstanding. This game is not based on...

Starship Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Starship Tycoon is a sci-fi management/strategy game that puts you in charge of your own galactic shipping corporation.You build your...

Startopia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Startopia is a real-time strategy/city management game. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it is your job to rebuild the once-thriving...

Star Trader TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

As a merchant in the distant future, you captain a starship from system to system, visiting starports to buy and...

Atari ST (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Year is 2189, humanity has visited numerous galaxies due to the hyper-space engines. In search of adventure and exotics of...

Star Trek: Armada II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The sequel to Star Trek: Armada once again places you in charge of a futuristic fleet for 3D real-time strategy....

Star Trek: Conquest PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007) and Wii (2007)

This is an action and strategy game set in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era. Players have their choice...

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Dominion Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Command the Federation or the Klingon Armada as you battle the Dominion and the Cardassians for the fate of the...

Star Trek: Generations Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Generations was the 7th Star Trek film, and saw Captain Kirk rescued from the spacial nexus he was trapped in...

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