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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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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...

Fate of the World: Tipping Point Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Fate of the World: Tipping Point is a compilation of the original game along with enhancements and additional content. It...

FDC Live Cockpit! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

FDC Live Cockpit is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and...

Ferrari Formula One DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990) and PC-98 (1988)

With the full support of Scuderia Ferrari, Formula One racing was recreated in detail in this simulation, with the top...

Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1992)

Following F1 Grand Prix Nakajima Satoru, Varie produced another racing simulation using the license. This time the racing is from...

Windows (2001)

In Feuerwehr 3D, you play as a firefighter combating raging fires and bringing arsons to justice.The game takes place in...

PlayStation (1999) and WonderSwan (1999)

Fever is a pachinko simulator. Pachinko is a Japanese cross between a pinball case and a slot machine. This game...

Field of Fire Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Field of Fire is a historically accurate tactical game of WWII combat. You play the commander of Easy Company, one...

Field & Stream: Trophy Bass 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Fish for bass and multiple fish species on many famous lakes across North America.Travel across virtual 3D lakes on your...

FIFA Manager 06 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Featuring a brand new name, the Total Club Manager series enter 2006 featuring a new interface and major changes on...

FIFA Manager 07 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Keeping the same style carried from the ANSTOSS series to Total Club Manager 2003, in FIFA Manager 07 the player...

FIFA Manager 07: Extra Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

After asking players to put requests on the official boards, Gerald Köhler and his FM07 team decided to do a...

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