Below are the most common and basic of airsoft game variations. For more variations, see Other example game variations.
Main article: Team Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch, or TDM is a basic way to play airsoft. Two teams play each other, and there if you get hit you go back to the spawn point (see Respawn) You also need to keep track of all the kills you get. At the end of the match, players combine all of their kills, and which ever team has more kills wins.
Capture the Flag
Main article: Capture the Flag
Two teams play against each other and try to take the other team's flag back to their own base (or flag). The flag has to be carried so that it is clearly visible. This game can be played in two variants: "Live Flag" or "Dead Flag". In Live Flag the flag is dropped if the Flag carrier is shot, and another player can pick the flag up. In "Dead Flag" the Flag carrier has to return the Flag to the enemy's base upon elimination before the Flag can be taken again.
King of The Hill
Main article: King of the Hill
A portion of the players barricade themselves on a hill or relatively open area and the rest of the players are the attackers. On the top of the hill is a flag, and the team that is closest to the flag when the time is out, wins.
Main article: President/Escort
One team has to escort an unarmed (or in some cases, a very lightly armed)person to a certain location or objective point to win. There is another team who tries to kill the escort or the whole team. Usually the attacking team hides while the escort team travels along a normal path.
Speed, or CQB (close quarter battle)
Main article: Close Quarter Battle
Indoor versions of many games. Often played in a big house or in many houses. They also can be in a small wooded area. Handguns and low-end electrics are normally used.
Main article: Military Simulation
MilSim (Military Simulation) generally combines airsoft play with some military live action role-playing elements. Several goals or missions are assigned to each team as a foundation for confrontation in firefights and other quarters, maintaining perimeter security and the like are added to the experience.
Main article: Reenactments
Reenactments are games were members reenact battles in history. Another aspect of reenactments is MilSim just using older weapons.
There are many game modifiers. See Game Modifiers for more information.