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 (1997)

Months before the compilation of D.A. Pursuit of Justice was available on retail shelves, Legacy Software sold its 3 cases...

Darfur is Dying Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

A high-profile activist game, here the player is cast as a refugee in the troubled Darfur region of the Sudan....

Darker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this spaceflight 'simulator' / 3D shooter, your race (the Delphins) is sharing a far away planet with the Halons....

Dark Horizon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Dark Horizon is a futuristic dogfight flight simulation set in space. The game takes place in the Enosta universe, where...

Darklight Conflict DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

A space combat game like Wing Commander; you control space ship, as the lone man trying to save humanity from...

Dark Signs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Dark Signs is a hacking game that simulates a network environment where the player must hack different servers in order...

Darkstar One Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Xbox 360 (2010)

Darkstar One puts you in the shoes of Kayron Jarvis. Fresh from the flight-academy he learns from an good friend...

Dark Universe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

You take the role of the leader of an alien race trying to prevail against the corrupt human government. Build...

DOS (1989)

This simulation allows players to throw darts at a virtual board by hitting the space bar three times at critical...

Windows (2001)

Darts is a simulation of about 50 darts variants, e.g. billiard, 301 or count-up. The player uses his mouse to...

Daryl F. Gates' Police Quest: SWAT DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Shifting from an adventure series to a tactical simulator, SWAT puts you in command of a member on a swat...

Amiga (1993)

The Das Amiga Sport Pack-compilation contains the following three games: Jump Jet Karamalz Cup Super Ski (AKA Downhill Challenge)

Das Amt DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this game you are playing as a just elected mayor of the small Bavarian village Tupfingen. It is no...

Das Boot: German U-Boat Simulation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1991)

Das Boot (literally 'The Boat') simulates controlling a Type VII U-Boat for the Nazis, in an exact recreation of submarine...

Dash 8-300 Professional Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Dash 8-300 Professional is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. The Dash is a twin-engined commuter aircraft made by...

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Das Haus is an economical simulation in which the player owns an apartment building with 30 flats. The goal is...

Das Hexagon-Kartell DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

In Das Hexagon-Kartell the eponymous crime syndicate practically controls the world. So the governments have no other choice than to...

DOS (1991)

Nothing less than a computerized spirit board (of which the Ouija is the best known), DaSi lets you commune with...

Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Das Magazin is a managerial simulation in which the player responsible for a monthly computer magazine. Each month a sales...

David Douillet Judo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2007)

David Douillet Judo is the first 3D judo sports simulation, developed in cooperation with Olympic gold medalist David Douillet with...

Dawn of Discovery Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Dawn of Discovery is a Nintendo Wii and DS entry in the long-running German ANNO / A.D. series strategy series...

Dawn Patrol DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1995) and PC-98 (1997)

Having simulated modern-day planes with Flight of the Intruder, and World War 2 with Overlord, Rowan brought World War 1...

Dawn Patrol: Head to Head DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Head to Head is an updated re-release of Empire's Dawn Patrol.Features and enhancements include real SVGA graphics, Head-to-Head mode via...

Day of the Pharaoh DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Nil Dieu Vivant (also known as Day of the Pharaoh) is an action-oriented strategy game set in ancient Egypt.You start...

Days of Thunder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Game Boy (1992), Amiga (1990), NES (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

Tom Cruise's film brought NASCAR racing to the masses, and Mindscape did the same for games players with this license....

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