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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MSX (1990) and PC-98 (1990)

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DOS (1994)

(From the back of the box): "I'ts kill or be killed. Move or die. Match wits against real players in...

Cycling Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

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Windows (2002)

Cycling Manager 2 is a sequel to Cycling Manager . In the game you manage a cycling team and have...

Cycling Manager 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Cycling Manager 3 is the 2003 edition of the Cycling Manager series.New features are: Reach sponsor goals, if not be...

Cycling Manager 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Cycling Manager puts you at the head of a professional cycling team. You need to organise and plan contracts, budgets,...

DOS (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983), TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1982)

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Daigasso! Band Brothers Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Daigasso! Band Brothers is music game in which the player can choose any instrument in a song, and then perform...

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Nintendo DS (2005)

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Wii (2009)

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PlayStation 2 (2008)

24 is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito Giken,...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Hihōden is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito Giken....

PSP (2011)

Hihōden - Fūjirareta Megami is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made...

Nintendo DS (2007)

This release includes digital recreations of three popular pachi-slot machines (Japanese slot machines) made by Daito Giken: Hihōden, Ossu! Banchō,...

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PlayStation 3 (2013)

Hihōden - Taiyō o Motomeru Monotachi is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same...

Daito Giken Kōshiki Pachi-Slot Simulator: Ossu! Banchō PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and PSP (2006)

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PSP (2010)

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PlayStation 2 (2007)

Shake II is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Shin Yoshimune is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Yoshimune is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito Giken....

PSP (2006)

Yoshimune Portable is a modified conversion of the PS2 release, which removes the "real battle" mode, but includes several new...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

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Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

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Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

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The Dam Busters Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), Apple II (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986), PC-98 (1986) and Coleco Adam (1984)

Dam Busters is an early flight simulation, set in World War II. It focuses on Dam Busters who historically were...

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