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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Wii (2011), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

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1000 Miglia DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

Based around a classic motor car race from either side of the war, 1000 Miglia (literally '1000 miles') is an...

Arcade (1994)

1000 Miglia is a sprite-based isometric racing game based around the historical italian endurance race from Brescia to Rome and...

10 Minute Solution Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

10 Minute Solution is a workout game based on the already established exercise DVDs of the same name. This arcade-style...

Windows (1998)

10six Online is an on-line only action/adventure game, meant to become the world's first 1 million player game. It runs...

1193 Anno Domini: Merchants and Crusader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

1193 Anno Domini is a trading simulation set in the second half of the Middle Age. You are a little...

12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

12 O'Clock High: Bombing the Reich is a detailed simulation of the Allied strategic bombing campaign against Germany in World...

1503 A.D.: Treasures, Monsters and Pirates Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The official expansion to 1503 A.D.: The New World adds graphics, game options and scenarios. Three new campaigns, twelve additional...

1602 A.D. Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This release combines the original game Anno 1602: Creation of a New World and its German-only add-on Anno 1602: Erschaffung...

PC-88 (1986) and Sharp X1 (1986)

177 is the number of the Japanese criminal legislation paragraph that forbids rape. The game, however, does just the opposite:...

1830: Railroads & Robber Barons DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Based on Avalon Hill's board game of the same name, 1830 is a railroad empire building game that is along...

1869 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1992)

Trade goods between ports all over the world in this economic simulation game. As a 19th century merchant newcomer, the...

18 Wheels of Steel: Across America Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The fourth game in the Hard Truck series features you as a trucker who is building his business to an...

18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In this truck-simulation-game the player starts with a single truck and tries to build up an own transport company. Right...

18 Wheels of Steel: Convoy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In this game the player starts his own trucking company. Starting with a single driver, the player is going to...

18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In 18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker the player takes the role of a truck driver. This time, as the...

Windows (2011)

18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker 2 is an expanded version of its predecessor. There are no changes in the...

18 Wheels of Steel: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The 18 Wheels of Steel: Gold Edition contains four games of the 18 Wheels of Steel series. The included games...

18 Wheels of Steel: Haulin' Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In this truck-simulation-game the player starts with a single truck and tries to build a major delivery company. At the...

18 Wheels of Steel: Pedal to the Metal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In this installment of the series, you will transport cargo across America, Mexico and Canada with your rig. There are...

1914: Shells of Fury Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In 1914: Shells of Fury the player takes control over German submarines during World War I. As with most modern...

1942: The Pacific Air War DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

1942: The Pacific Air War is a flight simulation set in World War II, more specific the Pacific War between...

1942: The Pacific Air War Gold Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

This is the special CD-ROM version of the standard 1942: The Pacific Air War. Besides the original game, it includes...

DOS (1995)

The add-on scenario disk to 1942: The Pacific Air War offers a multitude of new features. Players can now join...

1990: Die 1993'er Edition Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

1990: Die 1993'er Edition is an expanded re-release of 1990. The changes are mostly technical, e.g. many drawn graphics were...

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