List of user-given Steam tags


Genre

2D Fighter
4X
Action
Action-Adventure
Adventure
Arcade
Arena Shooter
Beat 'em up
Board Game
Bowling
Card Game
Casual
A term that doesn't mean much. Can encompass puzzle games, story games with no action skills required, as well as indie platformers which are considered easy by skilled players.
Chess
City Builder
Clicker
Dating Sim
Fighting
Flight
FPS
God Game
Games where you are omnipotent or close to, such as Populous or From Dust.
Hardware
Hidden Object
Generally adventure games without action or required skills; usually, scenes are shown from the first-person point of view of the protagonist, unlike most point & click games.
Indie
Interactive Fiction
LEGO
Low-poly elevated to a way of life. (But mostly, reusing engine assets and humor.)
Metroidvania
Platformers with back-tracking and other annoy.. sorry, revolutionary features all stolen from Castlevania and Metroid, as the name says.
MMORPG
MOBA
Movie
This is either an actual movie, or a game based on a movie. This tag is too generic to tell.
Pinball
Platformer
Point & Click
Generally old-school adventure games, such as Monkey Island, where you point your cursor and click objects. The protagonist is usually shown on screen, unlike most hidden object games, another genre by itself.
Puzzle
Puzzle-Platformer
Racing
RPG
RTS
Sandbox
Shoot 'Em Up
Shooter
Simulation
Software
Probably not a game, but a spreadsheet or something.
Space Sim
Sports
Strategy
Survival
Third-Person Shooter
Tower Defense
Trading Card Game
Utilities
This is not a game. This is a banana.
Visual Novel
Novels told mostly in the form of conversations and thoughts, where the character currently talking is shown on screen. Visual novels also offer multiple choices (and endings), except for 'kinetic visual novels'.
Walking Simulator
Wargame

User-defined

1980s
1990's
2.5D
2D
Abstract
Agriculture
Aliens
Alternate History
America
Games that are either set in a recognizable American environment (e.g. The Crew), or that make fun of American clichés (e.g. BroForce).
Anime
Artificial Intelligence
Assassin
Atmospheric
Based On A Novel
Batman
Generic childhood trauma simulator. I'm Batman. Or was it The Batman, I forgot already.
Bikes
Blood
Building
Bullet Time
Games from developers who think The Matrix is like the greatest movie ever, innit. Had they watched Blade Runner instead, we'd probably have a 'Flying car' category among these.
Capitalism
Cartoon
Cartoony
Character Action Game
Character Customization
Cinematic
Class-Based
Classic
Cold War
Games set in an old-fashioned binary environment where the good Americans are fighting those damn Russians. If the game is Russian, please reverse the roles. Unless they want their game to sell. It's complicated. It's called diplomacy, I think.
Colorful
Comedy
Comic Book
Conspiracy
Conversation
Crafting
Crime
Cult Classic
Cute
Cyberpunk
Dark
Dark Comedy
Dark Fantasy
Dark Humor
Demons
Destruction
Detective
Difficult
Dinosaurs
Diplomacy
Documentary
Dragons
Drama
Driving
Dynamic Narration
Dystopian
Dystopian
Experience
Experimental
Faith
Family Friendly
Fantasy
Fast-Paced
Female Protagonist
Fishing
FMV
Games with full-motion video, often as an integral element of gameplay.
Foreign
Funny
Futuristic
Gambling
GameMaker
Games Workshop
Games where the universe is licensed from Games Workshop, e.g. Warhammer games. Games Workshop is notably very open to licensing its rights.
Gaming
Gore
Gothic
Great Soundtrack
This tag means that most players who tagged the game thought its soundtrack was one of its main qualities.
Grid-Based Movement
Gun Customization
Hand-drawn
Historical
Horror
Horses
Illuminati
This is a joke/meme user tag that gets assigned randomly by troll users or as a protest.
Inventory Management
Inventory Tetris
Games where your inventory is very complicated to manage. Generally a tag added by trolls, sometimes affectionately.
Investigation
Lara Croft
Games that feature a female protagonist with two high-poly meshes in front of their body that you'll never get to see because she's too busy showing her buttocks.
Linear
Loot
Lore-Rich
Lovecraftian
Magic
Mars
Martial Arts
Mature
Mechs
Medieval
Memes
Military
Minimalist
Mining
Mod
Modification provided, generally by fans, for an existing game.
Modern
Multiple Endings
Games that aren't sure how long you'll play their game, so they'll force you to save every other minute and try out variations, just in case. JUST IN CASE that troll turns out to be a long-lost relative if I don't fry it first. Hmm, nope, just a troll.
Music
Mystery
Mythology
Narration
Naval
Ninja
Noir
Games with aesthetics based on Noir detective films.
Nonlinear
NSFW
Nudity
Games with (sometimes suggested) nudity. Can also be used as a 'troll' tag by users wanting to make fun of games that are too cute/childish for their own taste.
Offroad
Open World
Parkour
Parody
Parody
Perma Death
See 'Rogue-like', 'Rogue-lite', 'Rogue One', 'X-Men' and 'wasting an afternoon of my time because I forgot to disable that option'.
Philisophical
A very specific genre of games that are both aiming to be philosophical, and that are set in Philadelphia. Or maybe someone typed it wrong, and everyone does the same now. We are sheep. No thoughts of our own. I never went to Philly. Life is meaningless.
Physics
Pirates
Games that think you'll buy them just in case you get a cameo from Guybrush Threepwood or Jack Sparrow. Works every time. At worst, someone'll at least mention some booty.
Pixel Graphics
Post-apocalyptic
Procedural Generation
Psychedelic
Psychological
I'm in my happy place. I'm in my happy place.
Quick-Time Events
Realistic
Relaxing
Keep calm and carry on playing my game.
Remake
Replay Value
Games where you can kill a monster with a gun, but also with a sword. At the end you unlock a new mode that allows you to finish the game again with killer bananas. That's where you supposed to uninstall it.
Resource Management
Retro
Robots
Romance
Rome
Satire
Sci-fi
Science
Score Attack
Sexual Content
Short
Silent Protagonist
Sniper
Space
Spectacle fighter
Spelling
Star Wars
Games that feature people waging war in the stars. I guess. Is this a thing? I don't know. Oh it's like Star Trek you say, right? So who's Spock in this?
Steampunk
Story Rich
Stylized
Superhero
Spandex simulators
Supernatural
Surreal
Swordplay
Tanks
Thriller
Time Attack
Time Manipulation
Time Travel
Trains
Transhumanism
Turn-Based Strategy
Underground
Underwater
Vampire
Villain Protagonist
The word Villain comes from old French, like 87% of the English language. (Yes, I'm evil. And I still don't know why anyone would tag a game with this.)
Violent
Voxel
Back in the 90's, doing software-rendered 3D texturing was hard. Voxels were easier to do. Then GPUs came and ridiculed voxels. Have mercy on them. They're still cool. They've always been cool.
War
Warhammer 40K
Games with dwarves or something, in the future or something, and that were too lazy to create their own IP so they licensed one for cheap.
Werewolves
Western
World War I
World War II
Zombies

Other (technical, etc.)

360 Video
3D Vision
Games compatible with NVidia 3D Vision devices.
4 Player Local
Asynchronous Multiplayer
Benchmark
Co-op
Co-op Campaign
Competitive
Controller
Crowdfunded
Games that were financed through crowdfunding. Why is it worth a tag? I don't know, you tell me.
e-sports
Early Access
Games that are eager to run off with your money. The goal is to get it back by asking for a refund. Can you do it?
Episodic
'I don't have the money to finish the game, so I'll just sell it in parts. People love that, don't they?'
Free to Play
Generally a $0 game. If you add this to your tradables, you didn't get it.
Full controller support
Games tagged with this are fully compatible with a controller, and thus with the Steam Link.
Game Development
Tools that will help you create the next shovelware game on Steam. Rejoice!
Kickstarter
See Crowdfunded: games financed through crowdfunding, specifically Kickstarter.com here. Also see 'If you vaguely promise you'll build it, they will come.'
Level Editor
Games that also allow you to create & play your own badly designed levels. Technology is great.
Local Co-Op
Local Multiplayer
Massively Multiplayer
Moddable
Mouse only
Games that don't provide support for controllers or keyboards.
Multiplayer
Online Co-Op
Partial controller support
Games tagged with this are only partially compatible with a controller, meaning you may need an extra keyboard/mouse to play them through a Steam Link.
PvE
PvP
Singleplayer
Soundtrack
Let me guess... Soundtrack DLC?
Split Screen
Steam Cloud
Supports the Steam Cloud feature that keeps a backup copy of your game saves on a remote server.
Team-Based
Touch-Friendly
TrackIR
Supports the TrackIR technology. You can google that if you want.
Tutorial
Voice Control
VR
VR Only
True gamers get VR sets. Sane people spend their $800 on real life.

Sub-genre

3D Platformer
6DOF
'6 degrees of freedom', generally games like Descent where you can move freely in deep space.
Action RPG
Animation & Modeling
Audio Production
Base-Building
Basketball
Bullet Hell
aka 'danmaku'. Usually, shoot 'em up games where enemies are sending complex waves of bullets that you're expected to skillfully maneuver through. Sometimes encompasses non-SEU games that still ask of you to dodge waves of objects.
Choices Matter
A sub-genre where the game likes to tell you it will remember that. Remember what? Is that a threat?! You know I can uninstall you whenever I like, hey?
Choose Your Own Adventure
CRPG
Cycling
Doping simulators
Design & Illustration
Dungeon Crawler
Economy
Education
'Your kid is starting to get on your nerves? Show them my game! They'll LEARN stuff! Like, why does daddy always put me in front of boring games when I just want to shoot zombies?!'
Exploration
First-Person
Games where the user sees what the player character sees, as opposed to third-person camera games.
Football
Golf
Grand Strategy
Hack and Slash
Hacking
Heist
Hex Grid
Hunting
Intentionally Awkward Controls
Isometric
JRPG
Lemmings
Management
Match 3
Mini Golf
Music-Based Procedural Generation
Mystery Dungeon
Rogue-likes for children. That Chocobo one on my Wii was really kewl. Why isn't it on Steam yet?!
On-Rails Shooter
Otome
Women-oriented stories. Generally applies to visual novels where a female main character gets to meet and date men.
Party-Based RPG
Photo Editing
Political
Politicians suck! Real life sucks! Viva la revolución con video juegos!
Politics
Politicians suck! Real life sucks! Power to video games!
Pool
Programming
Games that invite the player to dive into the joys of computer programming, or something just as hip, like 'hacking'. No, really, cool tag.
Psychological Horror
Rail Shooter
Real Time Tactics
Real-Time
Real-Time with Pause
Rhythm
Rogue-like
Generally, these are games played in randomly-generated maps, with permanent death and suitable for quick playthroughs. Can be quite hardcore. Developers like to say they're working on a rogue-like. It looks good on their resume.
Rogue-lite
Similar to the <a href="/tag/138/">rogue-like</a> tag, but applied to games that are only partially like Rogue, e.g. only permadeath or only the random generated maps. Rogue-likes for chicken. So it's the chicken version of hardcore. Mainstream hard mode?
RPGMaker
Games built using the RPG Maker tool, tailored for 2D JRPG à la Chrono Trigger / old Final Fantasy.
Runner
Sailing
Side Scroller
Soccer
Software Training
Sokoban
Stealth
Steam Machine
Strategy RPG
Survival Horror
Tactical
Tactical RPG
Text-Based
Third Person
Games where the camera is usually located behind the player character, rather than in front of them (first person).
Top-Down
Top-Down Shooter
Trading
Turn-Based
Turn-Based Combat
Turn-Based Tactics
Twin Stick Shooter
Typing
Games that challenge your keyboard skills. For the secretary in you.
Video Production
Web Publishing
Word Game
Wrestling