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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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DOS (1989), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Apple IIgs (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Macintosh (1989)

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Dungeon Keeper 2 (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This Special Edition of Dungeon Keeper 2 includes: Dungeon Keeper 2 Exclusive prison-inspired packaging "The Reaper"-figure

Browser (2014)

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Dyna Brothers Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

The dinosaur inhabitants of Planet Jura lived peacefully under the watchful eye of their creator, The Egg. One day, though,...

Dyna Brothers 2 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

Planet Jura is a green and beautiful place where dinosaurs have lived for longer than anyone can remember. One day,...

Genesis (1995) and Wii (2007)

This is a special expanded edition of Dyna Brothers 2, originally released exclusively for the SEGA Channel service in Japan....

Windows (2008)

The EADS Collection Vol. 1 contains three add-ons for Flight Simulator 2004 or Flight Simulator X. Those are: Airbus A380:...

Eagle One: Harrier Attack PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and PS Vita (2012)

Eagle One: Harrier Attack is an action game that casts the player as a United States Marines pilot who flies...

Eagles Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Eagles is a game that simulates the dogfights and melees that occurred in the skies over France and Germany in...

The Early Years of Flight Windows Front Cover UK

Windows (2008)

The Early Years of Flight is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This product...

Earth Command: The Future of Our World is in Your Hands CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1993) and Macintosh (1994)

Earth Command is a strategic simulation game that focuses on both ecological and social threats to our planet. The player...

Earth Orbit Stations Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Earth Orbit Stations is a space program simulation where you run a privately owned space station. It focuses on the...

EarthSiege 2 Windows Front Cover

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

The war between the human resistance and the evil robotic Cybrids renews! Prometheus has built a base on the moon...

Windows (2008)

EA Sports 08 Collection is a compilation including every EA Sports game released for PC in 2007: NHL 08 NBA...

Windows (2002)

Eastern Thunder is an unofficial add-on for IL-2 Sturmovik. I features a German and a Russian campaign with 14 missions...

East India Company Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

East India Company is a strategic simulation of the struggle between different trade companies set up by European nations from...

East India Company: Battle of Trafalgar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Battle of Trafalgar is the third commercial expansion to the naval strategy title East India Company and requires the original...

East India Company: Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This collection contains the main game East India Company and the following four expansions: East India Company: Pirate Bay East...

East India Company: Pirate Bay Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

East India Company: Pirate Bay is an add-on for East India Company and requires the original game to play. This...

East India Company: Privateer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Privateer is the second commercial expansion to the naval strategy title East India Company and requires the original game to...

Windows (2001)

A very deep and thorough Hockey Managment Game. You take control of one or more Hockey Teams in the NHL,...

Windows (1999)

The littlest cooks will mix up lots of fun in the Easy-Bake Kitchen. Eight cooking tools on the play set...

Echelon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Echelon is a space combat simulator with wire-frame graphics. Fly around an alien planet, looking for clues to a "mysterious...

Echelon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Take a bit of Wing Commander, and mix some of the fanciful parts of modern aircraft sims and you'll have...

Echelon: Wind Warriors Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Wind Warriors is the sequel to Echelon. Set in the year 2351, this game allows players to assume the role...

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