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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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Face-Off Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The action in this ice hockey game is viewed from a side-scrolling perspective with a semi-3D effect. The puck loosely...

DOS (1991)

Facing the Empire is an interstellar space war simulator. As a Lyran you must protect your Star Bases from the...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

F.A. Cup Football is officially licensed by the English F.A, and lets you lead your English club side to the...

Fair Strike Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Fly six different combat helicopters: the American AH-64A Apache, the American RAH-66 Comanche, the French/German PAH-2 Tiger, the Russian KA-50...

Fairy Tower Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

The legendary Fairy Tower stood silent since ancient times in its site, with four gates for water, earth, light and...

Falcon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Macintosh (1987) and CDTV (1991)

The long Falcon simulation legacy of hardcore simulations of the F-16 fighter plane begins here. The plane's electronic displays and...

Falcon 3.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Another update of the hardcore simulation Falcon from Spectrum Holobyte with everything that fans of the game expect, while taking...

Falcon 3.0: Operation: Fighting Tiger DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Falcon 3.0: Operation: Fighting Tiger is a data disk for Falcon 3.0. Three new scenarios are included: Japan vs Russia...

Falcon 4.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

You're flying the F-16 "Fighting Falcon", a U.S. Air Force fighter, over the skies of Korea. The learning curve is...

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2011)

Falcon 4.0: Allied Force is essentially an updated version of the original Falcon 4.0 with many new features, as well...

Falcon A.T. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

A vastly improved version of Spectrum Holobyte's widely popular game Falcon, with high-res EGA graphics, better mission planning, and a...

Windows (2011)

Falcon BMS 4 is a freeware version and continuation of the original Falcon 4.0 by MicroProse. It is the 4th...

Falcon Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A massive compilation from Spectrum Holobyte, Falcon Gold includes updated versions of Falcon 3.0 (version 3.05) and its three expansions,...

Falcon Operation: Counterstrike Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Objective: Total defeat of the enemy forces by destroying all the enemy industrial and ground assets.First came the original FALCON...

Falcon Operation: Firefight Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Falcon Operation: Firefight (in Europe released as Falcon Mission Disk Volume 2) allows the pilot to fly the updated Falcon...

PlayStation (1999)

FA Manager is the first game in a series of football (soccer) management games where the player takes on the...

Fame Academy: Dance Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

This is a kind of Dance Dance Revolution based on a TV show. You can play with a standard controller...

Family Feud: 2012 Edition Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and Wii (2011)

Family Feud: 2012 Edition is a video game based on the TV show "Family Feud". It is the first Family...

Family Feud: Decades Wii Front Cover

Windows (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2010), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Family Feud: Decades, also known as Family Feud: 2011 Edition, is a trivia game based on the TV game show...

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a persistent world game based on the Family Guy cartoon TV series with...

Famous Courses of the World: Vol. I Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

This add-on to World Class Leader Board features three famous courses: Harbour Town Golf Links (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina,...

Commodore 64 (1988)

This add-on to World Class Leader Board features four courses: Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA),...

Fantastic Fortune 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Fantastic Fortune 2 is a romance simulation game. There is also an updated version of the game released under the...

Fantasy Aquarium by DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Fantasy Aquarium by DS is a fish tank simulation. Contrary to Aquarium by DS by the same developer, which is...

FA Premier League Football Manager 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Take control of your own football team from one of the world's major leagues, and aim to win domestic and...

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