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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 (1988) and Commodore 64 (1986)

Drag Race Eliminator is a drag racing simulation. In the game the player controls one of 5 different types of...

ZX Spectrum (1987)

Draughts Genius allows you to play the computer at a game of Draughts. There are eight skill levels and you...

Dr. Awesome: Microsurgeon M.D. iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

Dr. Awesome is the newest surgeon at the hospital, tasked with saving patients from various viruses and bacteria, and working...

Draw Poker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1982), Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Draw Poker is standard poker in the context of common U.S. card games where each player is dealt a five...

Dreadnoughts DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Acorn 32-bit (1992)

Dreadnoughts is a turn-based surface fleet battle simulator. It accurately recreates the looks, specifications and tactics of fleets of major...

Dreadnoughts Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

Dreadnoughts allows you to recreate all of the surface naval actions of the early years of WWII in the North...

Amiga (1992)

This add-on expands Dr. Turcan's Dreadnoughts wargame with six historical scenarios from the Second World War (1939-1945), which include the...

Amiga (1992)

This add-on expands Dr. Turcan's Dreadnoughts wargame with historical scenarios from the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), which include the Battle of...

Dream Change: Kokin-chan no Fashion Party Casio Loopy Front Cover

Casio Loopy (1995)

Dream Change is a simulation game starring a 14-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a fashion model. After meeting a...

Dreamer Series: Babysitter Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Let's Play: Mums is another game of the Let's Play series. The series give the possibility to girls between 6...

Dream Pinball 3D Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

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

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...

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