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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 (1998)

Descent: FreeSpace - Darkness Rising is a truncated demo version of Descent: Freespace - The Great War, containing only the...

Descent: Freespace - Silent Threat Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Silent Threat is an add-on for Descent: Freespace. It features 2 new ships, 4 new weapons, and 40 new missions.After...

Descent: Freespace - The Great War Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Amiga (2001)

As a pilot in the Gallactic Terran Alliance (GTA), you've known the Vasudans as the enemy for a long time....

Windows (2001)

This is a compilation of: Descent: Freespace - The Great War Freespace 2

Descent I and II: The Definitive Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This is a compilation of the games Descent, Descent: Levels of the World, Descent II, Descent II: Vertigo Series, and...

Descent II: Destination Quartzon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

This is a special version exclusively delivered as bundled software with hardware such as the Logitech WingMan Extreme products and...

DOS (1996)

An extras pack released after the success of Descent II, Vertigo Series adds 23 missions and, as a bonus, provides...

Odyssey 2 (1981)

Des Chiffres et des Lettres is a game based on the French TV show of the same name. The game...

Desert Bus Android Front Cover

Browser (2008), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Desert Bus is a bus simulation game where the player drives a desert bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas,...

Amiga (1996)

Desert Wolf is an action simulation game. The player is a fighter pilot. The game is divided into a number...

Designasaurus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989) and Apple IIgs (1988)

Designasaurus is an educational simulation game set in the far future. It enables the player to create (build) custom dinosaurs...

Designasaurus II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Designasaurus II is an educational simulation game with action elements, playing in the far future. It enables you to create...

Design Your Own Railroad DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Apple II (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

A model railroad simulation. The heart of the game is being able to sketch and design your own custom railroad...

Desperate Housewives: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Desperate Housewives: The Game, based on the TV series of the same name, you are a new amnesiac housewife...

Destination Earthstar NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Two centuries ago, an alien species known as the Kojans kidnapped the people of Earth and made them their slaves....

Destination: Mars! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Apple II (1991)

As an astronaut, you go on space missions, eventually leading up to being the first man or woman on Mars....

Destroyer PC Booter Front Cover

DOS (1987), PC Booter (1987), Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986) and Apple IIgs (1987)

Destroyer is a 2D naval simulation. Players take the role of a captain controlling a United States Navy Destroyer class...

Destroyer Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Destroyer Command is a World War II naval combat simulation based on the same engine as Ultimations previous title, Silent...

Determinance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Determinance is a sword fighting simulator. Each player takes on the role of an immortal super warrior who have been...

Detroit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1994)

Detroit puts you in the year 1908, and you are the President of an upstart car company. You will build...

Deus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

In the world of the future interplanetary terrorism is a big threat to the universe, but since the terrorists are...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1984) and MSX (1985)

Deus Ex Machina is an unusual and experimental game by Mel Croucher. In 1987 all UK records of the Department...

Deutschland Singt Online: Party Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Deutschland Singt Online (DSO) is a karaoke-game for the PC. Besides it's primary core feature - the karaoke mode, the...

Deutschland Singt Online: Pop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Deutschland Singt Online (DSO) is a karaoke-game for the PC. Besides it's primary core feature - the karaoke mode, the...

Dice de Chocobo Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2002), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Dice de Chocobo is a board game starring Chocobo from the Final Fantasy franchise that was first released as part...

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