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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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Windows (2000)

The game that started it all is back for more, with even MORE deer to hunt! Get all the hunting...

Deer Hunter 5: Tracking Trophies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is the fifth game in the Deer Hunter series, and the last published by WizardWorks before it got acquired...

Deer Hunter Tournament Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

As another game in this long running series, Deer Hunter Tournament continues the tradition of detailed simulations allowing players a...

Windows (2003)

A compilation of 3 hunting games. Games included: Deer Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunting Trophy Hunter 2003: Legendary Hunting Bird Hunter...

Windows (1999)

Deer's Revenge is a parody on the Deer Hunter series, much like the Deer Avenger. In this game the player...

Defcon 5 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988) and Commodore 64 (1987)

The player takes the role of a DOD operative who must use the BMD(Ballistic Missile Defense System) to protect the...

DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

The world is on the brink of Armageddon. A full-scale global thermonuclear war has broken out, and as a general...

Defiance Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Defiance puts you in the pilot seat of an experimental LAV-6 SABER, a one-man hovercraft armed with a variety of...

Windows (2007)

In Dein Tierheim the player manages an animal shelter. Since the game is aimed at children the most important part...

Amiga (1993)

Delivery Agent is a managerial simulation in which between one and four players take control over a forwarding agency. The...

PC-98 (1993)

The Oracle of Delphi was the ultimate place of wisdom, the home of the Seven Great Wisemen of Greece, known...

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...

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