|| Games which require fast reflexes.
|| Combat, Vanguard
| Action role-playing game
|| Games which user RPG elements, but use heavy action elements.
|| Secret of Mana, Borderlands
|| Games where exploration of interesting environments plays a heavy role.
|| Colossal Cave Adventure, King's Quest
|| Players control tank-like entities and take turns lobbing shells at each other.
|| Scorched Earth, Worms
|| Few game elements, more just for taking in the atmosphere.
| Beat 'em up
|| Player uses martial arts to beat up many foes.
|| Kung Fu, Karateka
| Block games
|| Games which involve the manipulation of blocks.
|| Tetris, Dr. Mario
|| A game that can be easily and repeatedly started and stopped and doesn't require intense interaction.
|| Bejeweled, Little Inferno
| Dating simulator
|| Simulates going on dates and having relationships with people.
|| HuniePop, Katawa Shoujo
| Door game
|| Games based around bulletin board system doors.
|| Legend of the Red Dragon, Usurper
|| Games where driving (not racing) civilian vehicles is a major element.
|| SkyRoads, Euro Truck Simulator 2
| Dungeon crawl
|| You work your way through a monster-infested dungeon.
|| Dungeon Master, Diablo
|| The primary goal is to educate the player.
|| The Oregon Trail, Reader Rabbit
|| Player uses martial arts to beat up specific foes.
|| Karate Champ, Street Fighter
| First-person shooter
|| 3D first-person perspective, player shoots at enemies.
|| Wolfenstein 3D, Doom
| Flight simulator
|| Simulates flying civilian airplanes or similar flying crafts.
|| Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator, Microsoft Flight Simulator
| Full motion video game
|| Games which incorporate pre-filmed video sequences
|| Night Trap, The 7th Guest
| Graphic adventure
|| Adventure games which put heavy emphasis on their graphics rather than descriptions.
|| King's Quest, Shadowgate
| Hidden object
|| Games where you try to find hidden objects in a scene.
|| Where's Waldo, The Enigmatis Collection
|| Scary video games with a horror theme.
|| The 7th Guest, Resident Evil
|| Games which feature a lot of humorous content.
|| Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter, The Stanley Parable
| Incremental video game
|| Games which progress in thousands of small discrete increments.
|| Progress Quest, AdVenture Capitalist
|| RPGs that follow design styles of early Eastern games, especially from Japan.
|| Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy
|| Video games that are based on a licensed brand.
|| Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure
| Light gun game
|| Games which require the use of a light gun.
|| Duck Hunt, Area 51
| Management simulator
|| Simulates a management duty.
|| SimCity, Theme Park
| Massively multiplayer online game
|| Online game that can handle a very large number of simultaneous players.
|| Ultima: Online, EverQuest
|| Games where the player must solve or traverse a maze.
|| Pac-Man, Maze Craze
|| A combat-based adventure where exploration uncovers items to unlock more of the world.
|| Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
|| Primarily based on military elements.
|| North & South, Call of Duty,
|| Games which require the player to solve a mystery.
|| Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
| Multi-genre video game
|| The game which incorporates several entirely different game mechanics.
|| TRON, ActRaiser
| Multi-user dungeon
|| Multiple players connect to take place in a persistent online world. Smaller than an MMO.
|| The Shadow of Yserbius, DragonRealms
| Platform shooter
|| Platformers where shooting enemies is a major part of game play.
|| Mega Man, Contra
|| Side view 2D environment with gravity where the player moves up and down over multiple platforms.
|| Pitfall!, Super Mario Bros.
|| Requires logical thinking and reasoning rather than reflexes.
|| Minesweeper, Solitaire
|| Games where you race against opponents or the clock.
|| OutRun, Mario Kart
| Rail shooter
|| Player's movement is on a fixed "rail," but they control where they can shoot.
|| Star Wars (original arcade game), Lethal Enforcers
| Real-time strategy
|| Strategy games where the action happens in real-time as opposed to turn-based, and resource management plays a big role.
|| Dune II, WarCraft
| Real-time tactics
|| Strategy games where the action happens in real-time as opposed to turn-based, but focus is on unit control rather than resources.
|| Myth: The Fallen Lords
| Rhythm game
|| Player must perform actions in rhythm with music.
|| Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero
|| Player takes the role of a character and builds them up at they progress through a story.
|| Ultima, Final Fantasy
|| Games similar to Rogue, top-down lo-fi dungeon crawlers with permadeath.
|| Rogue, Nethack
|| The player constantly moves forward through an often procedurally-generated and endless map avoiding obstacles.
|| Canabalt, Alto's Adventure
|| Player is allowed to create and modify the game environment.
|| Minecraft, Terraria
| Scrolling shooter
|| A 2D shooter where the player moves through a larger environment.
|| 1942, Defender
|| 2D environment, player shoots projectiles at enemies.
|| Space Invaders, Galaga
|| Games which simulate a real life process.
|| SimCity, Microsoft Flight Simulator
| Single screen
|| Games which take place in a single screen.
|| Pac-Man, Yars' Revenege
|| Games related to sports.
|| Tecmo Bowl, Ice Hockey
|| Games where you must find a good strategy within a rule set.
|| Civilization, Command & Conquer
| Text adventure
|| Adventure games which predominately use text to describe the game world.
|| Zork, A Mind Forever Voyaging
| Tower defense
|| You setup and upgrade defenses to stop an onslaught.
|| Desktop Tower Defense, Rampart
|| A video game which simulates a traditional style non-video game.
|| Chess Master, Solitaire
|| Games based around answering trivia questions.
|| You Don't Know Jack, Trivia Crack
| Turn-based strategy
|| Strategy games which give you time to think in between moves.
|| Civilization, X-COM: UFO Defense
| Vehicular combat
|| The player pilots a war machine (aircraft, tank, ship, etc.) in combat, typically first-person.
|| Battlefield V, Red Baron
| Visual novel
|| Games that are primarily illustrated stories, but often have a small amount of interaction.
|| Doki Doki Literature Club!, The Portopia Serial Murder Case
| Western RPG
|| RPGs that follow the design style of early Western RPGs.
|| Ultima, Wizardry
| Word game
|| Games based around playing with words.
|| Super TextTwist, Wordtris