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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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AeroWings Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

AeroWings is a simulation that allows the player to fly as a member of a jet aerobatics team. The game...

AeroWings 2: Air Strike Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Whereas the first AeroWings game was all about flight acrobatics, AeroWings 2: Air Strike is a fighter jet game. The...

Windows (2001)

AETI ProFlight 2000 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. AETI ProFlight 2000 comes with many different pilot voices...

AFL Finals Fever Windows Front Cover

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

The first ever licensed AFL game puts you in the drivers seat of all 16 AFL clubs, where you must...

A Force More Powerful: The Game of Nonviolent Strategy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

A Force More Powerful: The Game of Nonviolent Strategy is a game about strategic nonviolent struggle. In each scenario, the...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

The game tries to represent the African part of 11th Paris-Dakar rally route, which in the game takes place in...

African Safari Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

African Safari is a scenery add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 and/or Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. In these simulators...

Africa Trail Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

You must lead a group of four bicycle riders through the heart of Africa to Agulhas. You will choose your...

DOS (1994)

Afrika is a German shareware strategy game for up to three players set in the colonial period in Africa.Playing France,...

Afrika PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

As the title implies, the game's story is set in Africa. Animal and plant life in Africa are made as...

Afterlife DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Afterlife is is a humorous strategy game similar to SimCity where the afterlife is subject to market-based economy. The player...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

A.G.E. is a follow-up to Galactic Empire. Like its predecessor, it is a first-person space exploration game rendered in 3D....

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships takes place in the Caribbean, in the year 1665 where the player...

Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Arrgh! Have you ever wanted to live the life of a pirate? Well here's your chance to jump into this...

Age of Sail Windows Front Cover

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

The Age of Sail that the title refers to is a period during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries...

Age of Sail II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Age of Sail II is the sequel to Age of Sail. As its predecessor the game is set between 1775...

Age of Sail II: Privateer's Bounty Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Age of Sail II: Privateer's Bounty is the second game to bear the name Age of Sail II. What started...

Agile Warrior: F-111X PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1995)

Because of international conflicts and new dangers due to terrorist attacks the Air Force needed to construct a new warplane...

CD-i (1993)

A Great Day at the Races is an interactive tutorial for an aspiring gambler wanting to learn how to bet...

AH-3 Thunderstrike SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

AH-3 Thunderstrike is a helicopter sim/shooter. You will pilot the AH-3 over 10 operations all over the world. Each operation...

AH-64 Apache Air Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

In July 2001 it was discovered that an terrorist organization known as the "The Solar Martyrs", hiding in a small...

Windows (1997)

AHx-1 is a simulation of the fictional helicopter AHx-1 Viper. The player controls a member of an elite unit who...

Windows (2006)

Air Assault Task Force is a wargame that focuses on battles in which helicopters played a prominent role. The game...

Air Attack Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is a compilation of 5 aircraft simulations: Comanche Gold F-16 Multirole Fighter F-22 Lightning 3 Joint Strike Fighter -...

Odyssey 2 (1985), Videopac+ G7400 (1983) and Philips VG 5000 (1984)

Air Battle is a flight simulator set in the World War I era. The player controls a biplane from an...

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