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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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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.

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....

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....

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