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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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Deluxe Ski Jump DOS Front Cover

DOS (2000)

Deluxe Ski Jump is a shareware ski jumping simulation with full 3D graphics and simulated physics. The game contains 32...

Deluxe Ski Jump 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Deluxe Ski Jump 4 is a ski jumping simulator. The basics of the gameplay are the same as in previous...

Democracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

Democracy is a no-frills political simulation game, focusing simply on the tactics of being the elected leader of a country....

Democracy 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Democracy 2 is a sequel to the political strategy game by the same developer. It's a turn-based 2D icon-driven game...

Demolition-Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Demolition Simulator is a game which allows the player to control big machines which can be used to knock down...

Densha de Go! PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997), Game Boy Color (1999) and WonderSwan (1999)

Based on the 1996 arcade game, Densha de Go! was one of the first commercial train-driving simulation games, and went...

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000), Game Boy Color (2000), WonderSwan (1999) and Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

The 1998 sequel of the popular Japanese train driving game by Taito has once again been ported to various home...

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

Densha de Go! is a Japanese series of arcade train driving games. The goal for the players is to stop...

Densha de Go! EX SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998)

The Sega Saturn conversion of the arcade train-driving simulation Densha de Go! is based on the EX edition, which includes...

Densha de Go! Final PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation 2 (2004)

Densha de GO! Final is another entry in the popular Japanese series of train driving simulations. Players can drive a...

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

You play as a train engineer which serve the Meitetsu Nagoya line in Japan. There are many kinds of trains...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Der Baulöwe is a managerial simulation in which the player takes control over a construction company. The obvious goal is...

Derby Champion: Geländereiten International Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This is a cross-country horse-riding simulation game in which you compete against 6 rivals to gain the Derby Championship title.Choose...

Wii (2010)

Derby Dogs is a title available on the Wii through the WiiWare store.Derby Dogs falls roughly in line with other...

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1995)

This expansion disk for The Clue! adds 8 new locations to explore (including Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussaud's wax museum, a...

Der Klomanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Der Klomanager sets you up against up to three other opponents (AI or other players on the same screen) which...

Der Klomanager (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Der Klomanager Gold-Edition is the re-release of Der Klomanager based on version 1.5.This release includes several bugfixes and some minor...

Der Planer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

In Der Planer, you are the boss of a forwarding business. You not only have to plan the best and...

Der Planer 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Similar to its predecessor Der Planer the player is the head of a transport company which can be a courier...

Der Planer 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

The player has to build up a shipping company, organize all the workflows, expand the company, buy new trucks, sell...

Der Planer 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

In Der Planer 4 the player takes the role of the manager of a forwarding agency. The menu of the...

Der Planer: Extra DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is an Add-On for the original Der Planer (is required). Twenty new companies are waiting for your readjustment and...

Der Produzent: Die Welt des Films DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Amiga (1996)

In Der Produzent: Die Welt des Films the player is a film producer. The goal is to earn one billion...

DOS (1996)

This is a re-release of the game Descent for its 1 year anniversary. It contains the original game, some new...

Descent: Freespace - Battle Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A "gold" pack containing Descent: Freespace - The Great War and the expansion pack Silent Threat.

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