Different Game Genres And Their Best Games

Posted on Friday, 13 March 2020

Video games allow you to put on a different hat and slip into personalities, it gives you the freedom to experiment, learn, stimulate your senses. Though video games do not have a great reputation it actually helps enhance memory, improves problem-solving skills, speeds up your brain, helps with multitasking and also improves social skills.

The market is always flooded with new games and there are many companies that develop games to provide you with the latest trends of gaming.

Here is a list of the top game genre and their best games:-

1. Action- Action video games involve a physical challenge. They are centered around the player who is in control of the actions. It relies on the player’s quick responses and the ability to react. The game progresses into different levels depending on the player’s activity.

  • Platformer - get your player a platform to run on and fight hurdles that come their way. It gives you a platform where you have to run over obstacles by jumping, navigating your player onto different platforms.

             Best games: Mario, Rayman legend, super meat boy.

  • Shooter- is an action genre game, helps players engage in shooting activities to kill enemies or the opposite party. There are different shooter categories, fixed shooter, scroll shooter.

             Best games: call of duty, Destiny 2, Doom 2016

  • Fighting- is an action game where two players fight in a one on one combat. There are different tools and exaggerated options to choose from. The players need to ace moves like combat, counter-attack, blocking to be successful in the game.

             Best games: Mortal Kombat X2, Injustice 2, StreetFighter Third Strike III.


  • Stealth- In this game you do not directly face the opponent, instead, you avoid and hide. This is the only way to successfully complete the game. Sometimes sneaking from the enemy is also called ghosting.

             Best games: Thief II, Tom clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Invisible Inc, Hitman: Blood Money

  • Survival- As the name suggests, you have to survive until the last to stay in the game. It is not about winning but using tactics to avoid the enemy for longer periods.

             Best games: SCUM, Ark Survival Evolved.

  • Rhythm -is a genre-based entirely on music. It is one of the most engaging and fun games to play with your local friends.

             Best Games: Beat Saber, Bit trip: Runner, thumper.

2. Action Adventure- Combines action and adventure in one fully packed game. It gives you the freedom to use physical skills like in an action game but also contains characters, dialogue, the storyline of that like an adventure game.

  • Survival horror- is one scary genre of game. Players are vulnerable to any kind of attack. Though some games provide weapons to protect yourself,  mostly it’s about being alert and trusting your senses to survive.

            Best games: Resident Evil, The evil within 2


  • Metroidvania-It comes from Metroid games and the middle era of Castlevania, specifically from “Symphony of the Night” which coined the term.

They are an action-adventure game. There are tidbits hidden in the path and the game is more like a puzzle. It stops the player from advancing until they find a specific tool or piece.

             Best games: Super Metroid, Metroid Prime

3. Adventure game-  In this game the players act as a protagonist in a story and then have to face challenges according to that.

  • Text adventure- Also known as Interactive fiction, where all the interaction is through text.

             Best games: The dream hold, Zork, Spider web, Night House, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy.

  • Graphic adventure- These are adventure games that use graphics to communicate to the player.

             Best games: The day of the tentacle, The longest journey, Sam and Max: Hit the road


  • Visual novels-  this genre was originated in Japan

Anime-style art, allows the player to build character to advance the game. a lot of cliches are associated with this type of game but it’s so much more than basic japan stories and romance fiction

  • Interactive movie- A game that brings its play in an interactive and cinematic, scripted manner just like a movie. It uses full-motion videos or animation even live videos.

            Best games: The walking dead, Detroid become human, Device 6

4. Role-playing games- where players imitate the role of a character in a fictional setting. you become the protagonist and save your virtual world. 

            Best games: Action RPG- Grim dawn: forgotten gods, Pagan online, The Witcher 3: wild hunt, Disco Elysium

  • MMORPG-Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing games are a combination of role-playing concept with massive multiplayer gaming

    Best Games: Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, Rift, Blade & Soul.

5. Simulation games- the game is a recreation of the real-world activities, copies various daily activities. It serves different purposes such as learning, training. It gives you the opportunity to explore material in better and memorable ways.


  • Life simulation- a subgenre of simulation video game player controls one or more virtual characters. The player is given the power to control the lives of autonomous virtual people.
  • Vehicle simulation- gives you a realistic perception of operating different vehicles. If you want to know what driving an 18 wheeler feels like you should try this out.

6. Strategy games- A genre that is based on players’ skillful thinking and decision making. The player must plan a sequence of events and should focus on reducing the opponent’s army.


        4X-This game has 4  rules to explore, expand, exploit, exterminate. Meier's civilization is the most popular strategy game in the category. Most of the game share a historical environment and setting.

  • Artillery- Is a game where the entire setting is of military combat with tanks and guns and you have to plan the strategy to attack the enemy.

7. Puzzle-  Puzzle games as the name suggests is all about solving puzzles. These games help with problem-solving skills, pattern recognition, word completion, spatial recognition, etc. 

           Best games: Portal, The Legend of Zelda, Portal PC, The witness.


  • Logic game- It requires the player to solve a logical puzzle or direct a challenge in the game. 
  • Trivia games- These require the player to answer a question before the time runs out.

8. Incremental games- Also called a clicker game, clicking games or idle games. It requires very minimal interactions and the player needs to click repeatedly on the screen. Best games: Clicker Hero, Adventure Capitalist, Realm Grinder, Eve Online.

  • Programming games- These games require players to code in order to complete a challenge. Best games: Opus magnum, Lightbot, Robocode. 
  • Massive multiplayer online- this genre entertains multiple players sometimes hundreds and thousands. It lets you compete on a large scale It doesn’t belong to one specific genre and is a vital part of many games like Real-Time strategy, racing, shooting games.

           Best games: World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, RuneScape, Black desert.

With all of this video game options are plenty. There are a lot of games and their sub genres to choose from.

Video games have come a long way from the early days of low resolution and pixelated characters.

Today the games offer virtual reality, 4K resolution, artificial intelligence , augmented reality which became a household name with pokemon go and there is so much more to come in the future. 

Gamers are consuming entertainment in a  brand new way and you are on the forefront of a whole new world of gaming to come. 



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