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

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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...

The F.A. Premier League Football Manager 2000 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Bringing the world of football management to the PlayStation, The F.A. Premier League Football Manager 2000 allows you to take...

The F.A. Premier League Football Manager 2001 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2000)

The F.A. Premier League Football Manager 2001 is the sequel to The F.A. Premier League Football Manager 2000. Like its...

Windows (1999)

The F.A. Premier League Football Manager 99 puts you in control of a British Premier League team of your choice....

The F.A. Premier League Manager 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The F.A. Premier League Manager 2002 is an entry in the series of football management games from Electronic Arts officially...

Farming Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Farming Simulator is an enhanced re-release of Farming Simulator 2009 and the first North American release of the game. It...

Farming Simulator 2009 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In Farming Simulator 2009 the player takes control over a farmer. The basic playing principle is easy: the player can...

Farming Simulator 2011 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

In Farming Simulator 2011 the player takes on the role of a young farmer faced with the test of building...

Farming Simulator 2013 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2013)

Farming Simulator 2013 is the 2012 edition in the series of farming simulation games. Compared to the earlier titles it...

Farming Simulator 2013: Ursus Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Ursus is a downloadable content (DLC) for Farming Simulator 2013, which features new tractors and equipment of the Ursus brand,...

Farm Story iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

Farm Story is a rather simple farming simulation, similar in gameplay to TeamLava's other Story games. The player is presented...

FarmVille Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

FarmVille is a farm simulation game. Players take control of a novice farmer who enters the game with nothing but...

Fashion Craze Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Fashion Craze is a time management game that lets players manage a busy fashion boutique.Maria takes over the running of...

Fashion Story iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Fashion Story is a simulation game in which the player manages a women's clothes and accessory shop. In the beginning...

Fast Attack: High Tech Submarine Warfare DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Command the Los Angeles nuclear powered attack submarine in missions around the world. Complete the missions objectives and preserve your...

Windows (2001)

Fast Break Basketball is a text-based basketball simulation. It allows the user to take control of a professional basketball team...

Fast Food Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Build your own pizza empire. Choose a city, buy a site for your pizzeria, furnish it, design your pizzas by...

Fastlane Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

As Michael James Smith you know the when the world will end and how, so how else to carry out...

The Fast Show Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This is a set of desktop/screensaver tools and film clips, mixed with short games based on episodes of The Fast...

Fate of the World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Fate of the World is the sequel to Climate Challenge. It is a simulation of the social and environmental impact...

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