Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Enhanced Edition is the PC version of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Besides the main game,...

Ace Combat:  Assault Horizon Legacy Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy is a flight-sim / arcade fighter combat action game. The game is typically played in...

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Limited Edition) Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

This limited edition contains: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Soundtrack disc Downloadable F4-E Phantom II aircraft Signed notebook

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Skies of Deception is the second game in the action flight series to appear on the PSP. The player commands...

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This sixth installment in the Ace Combat series is a prequel to Ace Combat 5 that tells about the Belkan...

Ace of Aces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), SEGA Master System (1991), Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 7800 (1988), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Ace of Aces is a 1st person, 2D flight simulation. You're onboard a British RAF Mosquito, maverick fighter bomber. Your...

Windows (2000)

Aces High is a multiplayer game in which three teams fight over domination of the map. The success is measured...

Aces of the Air PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002)

Aces of the Air attempts to simulate combat aviation using planes from around the World War II era.Missions involve destroying...

Aces of the Deep DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Windows (1995)

This is a re-release of the 1994 DOS game Aces of the Deep. While the gameplay is unchanged it adds...

Aces of the Deep DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Take command of one of seven German U-Boats during WWII and hunt down and destroy allied convoys. This is never...

Aces of the Deep: Expansion Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

An expansion package for either the floppy or CD versions of Aces of the Deep adds brand new missions, areas...

Aces of the Pacific DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Dynamix/Sierra's answer to the Lawrence Holland Air Combat Trilogy. This game includes an incredible amount of aircraft and ships. In...

Aces of the Pacific: Expansion Disk - WWII: 1946 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

This expansion set to Aces of the Pacific is premised on what might have happened in the pacific theater if...

Aces Over Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

A WorldWar II simulation, you can fly different airplanes both on the Allied and the German side. The missions differ...

Aces: The Complete Collector's Edition Windows 3.x Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Windows 3.x (1995)

This compilation features all flight simulations developed by Dynamix in the early 1990's on one CD-ROM: A-10 Tank Killer Aces...

Achtung Spitfire Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Achtung Spitfire is the sequel to Over the Reich. It is a turn based Strategy/Simulation game which covers aviation history...

Acrojet Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1987), PC-88 (1988) and PC-98 (1988)

Acrojet contains ten acrobatic events which can be played by up to four players and at four different levels of...

Across the Rhine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Across the Rhine: 1944 - 1945 Armored Combat in Western Europe is a mix between strategy and simulation game set...

Actionauts Atari 2600 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Atari 2600 (2008)

The object of Actionauts is to program your robot to perform a series of commands. Use the joystick to set...

DOS (1989)

Action in The North Atlantic is a 2D, CGA naval simulation. You take the role of a British or a...

Action Pack: Earthsiege 2 + Silent Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

As the title already indicates this compilation includes the following two Sierra games: Earthsiege 2 Silent Thunder: A-10 Tank Killer...

Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Microïds' Action Sports compilation contains the following 4 games: Advantage Tennis Grand Prix 500 2 Killerball Super Ski II

Action Stations! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1991)

Action Stations is a Naval Surface Combat Tactical Simulation covering the years 1922-1945. The game treats thoroughly in detail smoke,...

Actua Golf 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Actua Golf 3 is a golf simulation game featuring eight courses. You can completely customize your own character. With a...

A Dark Room Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013), iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

This unique game starts the player in a cold shack, challenging them to stoke the embers of a fireplace with...

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