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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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Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984) and ZX81 (1982)

In this early naval simulation the player assumes the role of the captain of the Admiral Graf Spee, one of...

DOS (1994)

A program coming across as somewhat nonsensical in absence of a certain context, this piece of software puts its operator...

Advanced Destroyer Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Advanced Destroyer Simulator (ADS) is a naval combat simulation set in World War 2. It was the first naval simulation...

DOS (1997)

Whereas the original NetWars was developed by Novell to be bundled with their Personal NetWare program to show off NetWare's...

Advanced Pinball Simulator Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Part of Codemasters' original budget-price range, this pinball game aimed to put fast & furious action first.The table design features...

Windows (1998)

Advanced Tactical Missions features 38 new levels for the game X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. This unofficial expansion features 22 new...

PlayStation (1998)

ADVAN Racing is a Japanese racing game developed with the cooperation of ADVAN, a real extreme car competition in Japan....

Adventure Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Adventure Park is a managerial simulation in which the player manages an amusement park. The gameplay mechanics are similar to...

Adventure Pinball: Forgotten Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

It starts when you receive a note and map from your long lost grandfather, along with the promise of the...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

Adventure Quiz is a compilation of two games previously released on the arcades, Capcom World and Hatena? no Daibōken.Both games...

DOS (1990)

A good example of the difference a little multimedia can do, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes plays like a textmode...

AEGIS: Guardian of the Fleet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

AEGIS: Guardian of the Fleet is a simulation of the U.S. Navy's Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser. It features over...

Aerobiz SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), PC-98 (1992), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

You are the CEO of an airline company. Your goal is to become the most successful airline in the world...

Aerobiz Supersonic SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1994)

You have just been elected as the CEO of a brand new airline company that must compete against 3 other...

Aero Elite: Combat Academy PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Aero Elite: Combat Academy is the fourth game in the AeroWing series and is considered a true flight sim game...

Nintendo 64 (1997)

In AeroFighters Assault a terrorist organisation named Phutta Morgana has melted the Antarctic and is using the water to flood...

J2ME (2004)

Aero Mission 3D is a flight combat game for mobile phones that is played in a 3D third person perspective....

AeroWings Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

AeroWings is a simulation that allows the player to fly as a member of a jet aerobatics team. The game...

AeroWings 2: Air Strike Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Whereas the first AeroWings game was all about flight acrobatics, AeroWings 2: Air Strike is a fighter jet game. The...

Windows (2001)

AETI ProFlight 2000 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. AETI ProFlight 2000 comes with many different pilot voices...

AFL Finals Fever Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

The first ever licensed AFL game puts you in the drivers seat of all 16 AFL clubs, where you must...

A Force More Powerful: The Game of Nonviolent Strategy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

A Force More Powerful: The Game of Nonviolent Strategy is a game about strategic nonviolent struggle. In each scenario, the...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

The game tries to represent the African part of 11th Paris-Dakar rally route, which in the game takes place in...

African Safari Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

African Safari is a scenery add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 and/or Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. In these simulators...

Africa Trail Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

You must lead a group of four bicycle riders through the heart of Africa to Agulhas. You will choose your...

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