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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Eishockey Manager DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

Eishockey Manager is a managerial simulator for a team in the German Hockey League. The game contains the real player...

Eizo Play: MEGUMI PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

The "Eizo Play" series features sexy, Japanese models in photo shoots. This edition features "Megumi".Whereas the "Motion Gravure" series (released...

Electroplankton Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

In Electroplankton players interact with various "plankton" to create "media art". Using the DS touch screen, microphone, and other input...

Element Girls: Style your Life! Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Element Girls: Style Your Life is a Lifestyle Application for teenage girls. It is the second Nintendo DS application based...

El-Fish DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and FM Towns (1994)

A fish and aquarium simulator, El-Fish lets your catch, breed, evolve, and even mutate tropical fish, then render them and...

Elite DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), NES (1991), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1984), Acorn 32-bit (1991) and Tatung Einstein (1987)

Elite is a free-form space trading and combat simulation, commonly considered the progenitor of this sub-genre. The player initially controls...

Elite Electron Front Cover

BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

The tape versions of Elite were part of the original release, alongside the first BBC disk release. They differ from...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A darts game pure and simple. You view the board from a 1st person perspective and through a mouse motion-based...

Elite Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and PC-98 (1992)

Elite Plus is a VGA re-make of Bell and Braben's space trading flight simulator, Elite. It is an updated conversion...

Elite Soccer Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1994) and SNES (1994)

Elite Soccer lets the player choose from 24 National teams including the U.S., England, France, Brazil among others, in a...

Elite Starfighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Elite Starfighter is a remake of the classic Elite. Except for technical aspects, it stays very close to the original,...

Linux (2000), Windows (2000), Atari ST (2001), Macintosh (2002) and GP32 (2002)

Elite TNK is a rewrite in C of the original assembler source code for the original BBC Elite. As such,...

Eliza TRS-80 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1990), Commodore 64 (1983), TRS-80 (1978), Commodore PET/CBM (1979) and Browser (2005)

Eliza was the first chatterbot to make a splash in popular culture, originally written and conceived by Dr. Joseph Weizenbaum...

Windows (2002)

Torero: Arte y Pasion en la Arena is one of the few games dedicated to the art of the "corrida...

Emergency 2012 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Emergency 2012 is the fourth sequel of Emergency: Fighters for Life. Like the previous installments it is a real-time strategy...

Windows (2010)

The Deluxe edition of Emergency 2012 provides three additional campaign missions and one additional scenario for free-play in singleplayer and...

Emergency 2013 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Just like the previous titles the 2013 part of the Emergency games is a real-time-strategy game with a context of...

Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Emergency: The Ultimate Fight for Life is a real-time strategy game with the objective to save lives. You are in...

DOS (1986)

Not your everyday genre-crossover: this game fuses an arcade space shooter with a... medical simulation. You command a patrolling space...

Emergency Rescue: Firefighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

As the name suggests, you control a group of firefighters in a "Sims" like environment, and must complete tasks, mainly...

Emergency Room DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

You become the doctor in this "real-life" simulation. From the initial contact with patients to their release, you'll be processing...

Emergency Room 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to work in a busy hospital Emergency Room, here's your chance!...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

This medical simulation/strategy game lets you become a doctor in the stressful field of emergency medicine as you roll up...

Emergency Room: Code Red Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

After twelve hours of waiting in the emergency room, a woman dies. The city is rioting over the hospital's crappy...

Emergency Room (Collector's Edition) Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Emergency Room: Collector's Edition is a compilation of 3 games in Legacy Interactive's Emergency Room Series. Each game is provided...

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