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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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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...

Echo Bazaar Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Echo Bazaar is a text-based game that takes place in Fallen London, a city full of crime and corrupt politics...

echochrome PSP Front Cover

PSP (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

echochrome is a puzzle game with a design inspired by the works of M.C. Escher. The gameplay is based around...

echoshift PSP Front Cover

PSP (2010)

echoshift is a spin-off of echochrome, but while the original had the player distorting space to create pathways through optical...

Eco Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1987)

Eco is an action strategy game of sorts, which sets you in charge initially of a small single-celled organism, and...

Windows (2006)

This game is a city management game à la SimCity, focused on waste and recycling.The simulation takes into account usual...

Eco East Africa Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995)

Eco East Africa is a managerial simulation with educational elements, in which the player takes the role of a warden...

EF 2000 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Made by the same team that produced TFX, this simulation focuses on the Eurofighter 2000.Set in a fictional campaign against...

EF2000: Special Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

EF2000 (Special Edition) contains: EF2000 (base game) EF2000 TACTCOM (expansion pack) EF2000 baseball cap (not included in the Windows release)...

EF2000 TACTCOM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This is an expansion pack to DID's EF2000 flight simulator. It includes a new mission and scenario editor, enhanced multiplayer...

EF2000 v2.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

EF2000 v2.0 is a US-only compilation of an updated DOS version of EF2000 and the Windows 95 version Super EF2000....

DOS (1992)

EGA Trek is a space combat simulator where you take control of a starship to explore the galaxy and defend...

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