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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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F-4F Phantom: Ultimate Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

F-4F Phantom: Ultimate Edition is an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. It is modeled...

F/A-18E Super Hornet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Take the F/A-18E Super Hornet to the skies in this detailed carrier aircraft simulation. Fully clickable cockpit, accurate avionics suite,...

F/A-18E Super Hornet (Officer's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Compilation including Digital Integration's F/A-18E Super Hornet + Add-On: F/A-18E Super Hornet F/A-18E Super Hornet: The Albanian Campaign

Windows (2000)

A mission pack for the F/A-18E Super Hornet, adding a campaign consisting of 20 missions taking place in Balkan country,...

F/A-18 Hornet Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1993)

The first of the "F/A-18 Hornet" series, this flight simulator was among the most realistic available for the Macintosh at...

F/A-18 Hornet 2.0 Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1995)

F/A-18 Hornet 2.0 is a realistic jet fighter simulation of the Navy and Marine Corps F-18A built by McDonnell Aircraft....

F/A-18 Hornet 3.0 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

F/A-18 Hornet 3.0 is a serious simulation of the figther's capabilities: Air Superiority and Ground Attack from both land and...

F/A-18 Interceptor Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988)

F/A-18 Interceptor is a flight simulator in which you can fly either a F-16 Falcon or a F/A-18 Hornet jet....

F/A-18 Korea Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1998)

F/A-18 Korea is the successor of F/A-18 Hornet 3.0 and simulates the F/A-18C/D Hornet dual-purpose fighter and strike aircraft. The...

F/A-18 Operation Desert Storm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

F/A-18 Operation Desert Storm is the successor to F/A-18 Korea. It features a campaign with 27 unrelated missions set in...

F/A-18 Precision Strike Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

F/A-18 Precision Strike Fighter puts you in the cockpit of a tough and powerful plane, armed from a wide selection....

Commodore 64 (1983)

You're just cruising along one day in your space ship when you are contacted by some security guy who demands...

CD-i (1992)

Face Kitchen allows players to cook up faces. In Uby the French chef's kitchen players will find an abundance of...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Otona no DS Kao Training, or Adult Face Training DS if it were translated to English, is a touch-generations brand...

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...

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