The Essential List of Video Game Types

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What’s up, players! Today, we are going for a list of the different types of computer games. Now this includes every game from your iOS, Android, PC, Linux or Mac device. These games have been around since we acquired our computers and smartphones. And who doesn’t like gaming? Even a casual or aggressive player can attest to this.

We compiled a bunch of the available game categories that we should really know about. Ever heard about Candy Crush? What type of game do you think it is? Well, the answers are right here. Read on and find your favorite game type or your fave game’s type.


It includes any game where the player overcomes challenges by physical means such as precise aim and quick response times. In an action game, the player typically controls a character often in the form of a protagonist or avatar. Players may also encounter tactical and exploration challenges, but these games first-and-foremost require high reaction speed and good hand–eye coordination.


Primarily centered around jumping and climbing to navigate the character’s environment. They may have enemies or obstacles to avoid and fight or may just be pure jumping puzzles.

Examples: Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., etc.


Players use ranged weapons to participate in the action, which takes place at a distance. Most shooters involve violent gameplay; lethal weaponry is used to damage opponents.

Examples: Doom, Quake, Half-Life, Counter-Strike, GoldenEye 007, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Unreal, Call of Duty, Killzone, TimeSplitters, Team Fortress 2, Halo, etc.


It centers around close-ranged combat typically one on one fights or against a small number of equally powerful opponents, often involving violent and exaggerated unarmed attacks. Most fighting games feature a large number of playable characters and a competitive multiplayer mode.

Examples: Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., etc.


Primarily uses stealth to avoid or overcome antagonists. Games typically allow the player to remain undetected by hiding, sneaking, or using disguises.

Examples: Metal Gear, Sly Cooper, Dishonored, etc.


It starts the player off with minimal resources, in a hostile, open-world environment, and require them to collect resources, craft tools, weapons, and shelter, in order to survive as long as possible. Many are set in procedurally-generated environments, and are open-ended with no set goals.

Examples: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Apex Legends, etc.


A music-themed game that challenges a player’s sense of rhythm. Games in the genre challenge the player to press buttons at precise times: the screen shows which button the player is required to press, and the game awards points both for accuracy and for synchronization with the beat.

Examples: Dance Dance Revolution, Maimai, Project Diva, Cytus, Love Live: School Idol Festival, The Idolmaster, osu!, Taiko no Tatsujin, Crypt of the Necrodancer, etc.


It combine core elements from both the action game and adventure game types. Action-adventures require many of the same physical skills as action games, but also offer a story-line, numerous characters, an inventory system, dialogue, and other features of adventure games.  Also, they normally include a combination of complex story elements, which are displayed for players using audio and video. The story is heavily reliant upon the player character’s movement, which triggers story events and thus affects the flow of the game.

Examples: Metroid Prime, Half-Life 2, Dishonored, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, The Legend of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto, Hitman, Uncharted, etc.


A video game in which the player assumes the role of a protagonist in an interactive story driven by exploration and puzzle-solving. Adventure games have been described as puzzles embedded in a narrative framework, where games involve narrative content that a player unlocks piece by piece over time.

Examples: King’s Quest, The Room, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, etc.


Puzzle games focus on logical and conceptual challenges the possibility of a zero sum game is present, although often the games add time-pressure or other action-elements. Games usually involve shapes, colors, or symbols, and the player must directly or indirectly manipulate them into a specific pattern. Puzzle games typically offer a series of related puzzles that are a variation on a single theme. This theme could involve pattern recognition, logic, or understanding a process.

Examples: Brain Age, Tetris, Minesweeper, Angry Birds, etc.


A game where the player controls the actions of a character (and/or several party members) immersed in some well-defined world. Players control a central game character, or multiple game characters, usually called a party, and attain victory by completing a series of quests or reaching the conclusion of a central story-line. Players explore a game world, while solving puzzles and engaging in combat. A key feature of the genre is that characters grow in power and abilities, and characters are typically designed by the player.

Examples: Mass Effect, Fallout, Final Fantasy, Pokemon


They closely simulate real world activities. A simulation game attempts to copy various activities from real life in the form of a game for various purposes such as training, analysis, or prediction.

Examples: SimCity, Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, Spore, FlightGear, etc.


It simulates the practice of sports. Sports games involve physical and tactical challenges, and test the player’s precision and accuracy. Most sports games attempt to model the athletic characteristics required by that sport, including speed, strength, acceleration, accuracy, and so on. As with their respective sports, these games take place in a stadium or arena with clear boundaries. Sports games often provide play-by-play and color commentary through the use of recorded audio.

Examples: FIFA, WWE 2K, NBA, Need For Speed, etc.


It focuses on skillful thinking and planning to achieve victory. It emphasizes strategic, tactical, and sometimes logistical challenges. Many games also offer economic challenges and exploration. Specifically, a player must plan a series of actions against one or more opponents, and the reduction of enemy forces is usually a goal. Victory is achieved through superior planning, and the element of chance takes a smaller role.

Examples: Civilization, The Age of Empires, Command and Conquer, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Tower Defense, etc.