Construction Puzzle solving Unusual physical mechanics.
Shooter Games Shooter Games Action and Arcade Games Action and Arcade Games Strategy Games Strategy Games Role-Playing Games Role-Playing Games Sports Games Sports Games Vehicle Simulations Vehicle Simulations Construction and Simulation Games Construction and Simulation Games Adventure Games Adventure Games Puzzle Games Puzzle Games
Takes action at a distance Using ranged weapon. Aiming is a key skill Limited ammunition.
Awesomenauts, a multiplayer 2D shooter Viewed from top-down or side-view fixed first-person Rare to keep track of ammunition (except for particularly powerful weapons)
Crysis 3, a 3D shooter with a particularly rich environment First –person perspective (FPS) Third-person perspective Gravity sound shadows collisions
Action games Physical challenges Incorporate puzzle, races Variety of conflict challenges Simple economic challenges Seldom strategic or conceptual challenges Subdivided into variety of subgenres Arcade games business model of earning money Unwinnable
Spelunky, 2D platform game Supernatural jumping ability Unrealistic physics
Skullgirls, a cartoonish fighting game Reaction time Timing Hand-to-hand combat
Strategic, tactical and logistical challenges. Economic and exploration challenges Fall into two main subgenres: Classical turn-based games Real-time strategy games.
Allow player to interact with a game world Growing from person into superhero Computer role-playing game (CRPG) Quest or story of the game and character growth Quest requires some combat Rules define character growth occurs
A series of related challenges Recognizing patterns Logical deductions
Genres are not meant to constrain your imagination, but they provide a framework for design, a sort of scaffold upon which to build your game without inventing everything from scratch—which lowers some of the risk in designing a new game.