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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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Deadline DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Deadline is a tactical game with anti-terrorist themes and combined strategic planning / real-time action. It uses a third-person over-the...

Death from Above Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1995)

It is the year 3000, and humanity has been enslaved. After escaping a mining camp, you have traveled to the...

Death Tank Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

Death Tank mixes the gameplay of Scorched Earth and the Worms series with tanks. The game is set on a...

Deception III: Dark Delusion PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

In Dark Delusion, you play as Reina, a girl who was kidnapped with her family and taken away via ship...

Deep Scan Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1983) and Arcade (1979)

In this game, you are the destroyer and must drop depth charges onto passing submarines. You time your drops so...

Deep Sea Tycoon: Diver's Paradise Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Deep Sea Tycoon: Diver's Paradise is a tycoon game where the player constructs and manages an underwater park. It is...

Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988) and Commodore 64 (1987)

The player takes the role of a DOD operative who must use the BMD(Ballistic Missile Defense System) to protect the...

DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

The world is on the brink of Armageddon. A full-scale global thermonuclear war has broken out, and as a general...

Defender Chronicles: Legend of The Desert King iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Defender Chronicles: Legend of The Desert King is in general a tower defense game that adds role playing elements to...

DOS (1992)

Defender of Boston: The Rock Island Mystery is a role-playing game where the player takes on the role of a...

Defenders of Ardania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Xbox 360 (2012)

Defenders of Ardania is a tower defense game set in a fantasy setting. The plot premise is quickly told: the...

DOS (1994)

Defend The Alamo is a tactical simulation of the Battle of the Alamo (February 23 - March 6, 1836), a...

Defense Grid: The Awakening Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

After a thousand years of peace, the aliens have returned to invade once again. The only hope of stopping them...

Demigod Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The balance between light and dark was under threat at the end of the 87th migration. One of the Ancients,...

Demigod (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Collector's Edition includes: Demigod Pewter figurine of Demigod "The Rook" Official Soundtrack by Howard Mostrom Poster showcasing the box...

Demise: Rise of the Ku'tan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The mines of Dejanol were once the land's primary source of Mythinite, and a training grounds for adventurers until one...

Windows (2004)

The Revelation is an addon for the game Demise - Rise of the Ku'tan, free for all who bought the...

Demolition Inc. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Demolition Inc. is an action / strategy game. In the game you play as an alien, Mike, who on board...

Depths of Peril Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Depths of Peril is a single player action/RPG influenced heavily by turn based strategy games like Civilization. Your character takes...

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1995)

This expansion disk for The Clue! adds 8 new locations to explore (including Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussaud's wax museum, a...

DOS (1996)

This is a re-release of the game Descent for its 1 year anniversary. It contains the original game, some new...

Desert Law Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Desert Law is a real-time strategy game set in the southern states of post-apocalyptic America. Unlike other RTS titles, there...

Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps is a real time strategy game, set during the North Africa Campaign of World War...

Desert Stormfront Linux Front Cover

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

Desert Stormfront is a Real-Time Strategy game situated in the Middle East. You play on hot desert landscapes for power...

Desert Strike and Jungle Strike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Combo budget re-release of Electronic Arts' helicopter action game Desert Strike and its follow-up Jungle Strike.

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