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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SpellForce: Shadow of the Phoenix Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

One of the Circle mages has risen from the dead with the help of a strange mask. He is now...

SpellForce: The Breath of Winter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The great ice dragon Aryn, the Frostweaver who once almost froze the world is awakened by a Fial Darg (prince...

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

EO, the world in which the game takes place was torn apart by a ritual called the Convocation. The ritual...

DOS (1995)

Spider Run is a single player, shareware game for DOS that has elements of Pipe Dream in its game play.The...

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

In Spidertronic the player gets to take control of a robotic spider moving through a world of isometric levels. Each...

DOS (1989)

SpinWall is a single player, shareware maze game.The player controls a ghost who wanders through the maze collecting gems. Being...

The Spirit Engine II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Spirit Engine II is the sequel to The Spirit Engine. Like its predecessor, it's a side-scrolling RPG with tactical...

Spirits Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

Spirits is a real-time puzzle game in the tradition of Lemmings. In 46 levels a number of independently moving spirits...

Spook House and Toxic Dumpsite TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1982)

The game Spook House – Toxic Dumpsite is a double feature adventure. Each adventure is unique and separate program for...

Spore Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

In Spore the player has to accompany a new race through five stages of its evolution.First there is the Cell...

Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Creepy & Cute Parts Pack is an items add-on to the original Spore game, similar to the Stuff expansions for...

Spore: Galactic Adventures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Spore: Galactic Adventures is the first real add-on to Spore and focuses solely on the space phase of the game...

Spore Galactic Adventures Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Spore Galactic Adventures Bundle includes: Spore (main game) Spore: Galactic Adventures (add-on)

Spore (Galactic Edition) Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

The Galactic Edition includes: Spore "The Making of Spore"-DVD National Geographic Channel Documentation "How To Build A Better Being" Art...

Spore Island Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Spore Islands is a Facebook game that extends the core themes and mechanics of Spore into a persistent multiplayer game....

Spore + Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

This compilation includes: Spore (base game) Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack (content add-on)

Linux (2009) and Windows (2009)

Spring 1944 is a noncommercial real time strategy game rendered in 3D on the Spring Engine. It focuses upon the...

Windows (1995)

A timed math game with a massively multiplayer high score table on Prodigy, this once-daily online game invited players to...

DOS (1993)

Squarez is a puzzle game with similarities to Tetris. Various shapes consisting of one to eight tiles appear in a...

Windows 3.x (1993)

This insectoid variant of Whack-a-Mole has the player frantically clicking on bugs. Points are scored for hitting them but lost...

Stacked Odds Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Examples of Stacked Odds included loaded dice: an unfair or unexpected advantage one player has over another. In this case,...

Stalin vs. Martians Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Stalin vs. Martians is an over-the-top real-time strategy game that parodies the genre by extremely accessible gameplay devoid of complex...

Stand O'Food Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2011), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2014) and Windows Apps (2014)

Stand O'Food is a fastfood restaurant simulator with where you need to cook up veggie, omelet, beef, chicken or fish...

Stand O'Food 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Stand O'Food 2 is a time management game and the sequel to Stand O'Food. Just like in the original game...

Star Command: Revolution DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Real-time strategy in space. Play as one of four different races. Do the normal RTS thing; collect resources, build up...

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