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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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Dream Pinball 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), Macintosh (2008) and Wii (2008)

Dream Pinball 3D is a pinball simulation which features six tables: Knight Tournament, Monster Castle, Underwater World, Dino Wars, Spinning...

Dreamworld's Open: Mini Golf Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Dreamy settings have long been the stuff of mini golf. We think of Don Quixote, his windmills, and his clubs....

Windows (2002)

Drift: When Worlds Collideis a 3D space action simulation game set in a fictional world. Fly through 28 action-packed missions...

Commodore 64 (1986)

A nightlife simulator, this game sees the player trying to impress his mates and the ladies while conserving enough money...

Drive Green Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Drive Green is a licensed John Deere farming simulation. It includes 15 different farming tools, from the simple riding lawnmower...

Game Boy Color (2000)

As Tanner, you're going undercover to be the wheelman for a crime syndicate in order to break open a big...

Driver Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1998), Macintosh (2000), iPhone (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

As Tanner, you're going undercover to be the wheelman for a crime syndicate in order to break open a big...

Windows (1998)

Driver's Education '98 is an educational driving simulator to help prepare you for the driver's test and examination. Featuring all...

Driving Emotion Type-S  PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Much like Gran Turismo 2, Type-S has all of the best official cars from BMW, Honda and much more. And...

Windows (2008)

This driving simulator lets players take three different cars to the streets of a fictitious German city and its surroundings....

Driving Simulator 2011 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Driving Simulator 2011 is a 3D simulation where the player gets to drive a large variety of vehicles in a...

Driving Simulator 2012 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Driving Simulator 2012 is a 3D simulation where the player gets to drive a large variety of vehicles in a...

Dropship: United Peace Force PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Dropship is an action game set in the year 2050. Terrorist attacks have increased severely, which is why big nations...

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

DropTeam: Mechanized Combat in the Far Future is a multiplayer-focused action game set in the future. Every player takes control...

Dr. Seuss Band iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Dr. Seuss Band is a music simulation game similar in style and gameplay to Guitar Hero. The player gets to...

DOS (1991)

A small little financial game- something like the old Lemonade Stand games, except for the drug sales, robberies, shootouts with...

Windows (2000)

This game is an homage to the original Druglord, with basically the same objectives, though much enhanced game play. The...

DOS (1984)

Drug Wars is a game where the player takes on the role of a street drug dealer in New York....

DTM Race Driver (Director's Cut) Windows Front Cover DTM Race Driver - Directors cut - Front

Windows (2003)

This special edition of DTM Race Driver was specifically made for the German market. It has full DTM licensing and...

Ducati World: Racing Challenge PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation (2001) and Dreamcast (2001)

In this Ducati brand-licensed motorcycle game, players can race a range of Ducati bikes ranging from the 1960's Daytona 350...

Windows (1999)

This is a simulation of the suspense-packed life of a duck hunter. Firstly he has to decide to which of...

Browser (2002)

There are few things as relaxing as feeding ducks as they swim—but what about when you can't get away to...

The Duel: Test Drive II Car Disk - The Muscle Cars DOS Front Cover

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

This addon for Test Drive II features 5 legendary cars like a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, a 1968 Shelby GT500...

The Duel: Test Drive II DOS Front Cover

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)

In the sequel to Test Drive, you can play against the time or the computer. Choose between a Ferrari F-40...

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

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