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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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Fleet Defender DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and PC-98 (1995)

Fleet Defender is a single player F14 combat sim with many finer details represented, including the ability to switch between...

DOS (1995)

This expansion for Fleet Defender adds the Indian Ocean and Korean Peninsula maps with six campaigns, US Pacific Fleet F-14...

Windows (1999)

Flight Academy is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. In this add-on you will train to become a civil...

Xbox (2002)

Flight Academy is a civil aircraft flight simulator. In the game you can fly various passenger planes and fly over...

DOS (1996)

A shareware, WWII-themed flight simulator with combat that tries to capture the "spirit and feeling of real flight" while avoiding...

Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Airline Transport Pilot is an advanced simulator from subLOGIC, that allows you to fly airliners, such as Boeing 737, 747,...

Macintosh (1993)

This tactical wargame / simulation attempts to visualize air-to-air dogfights using a "board game" style. Your job is to take...

Flight Commander 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

A tactical wargame focusing on air-to-air combat. You take the commander's seat and are given control of a squad of...

Flight Deck III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Flight deck III is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 .It makes the following...

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

FlightGear is a realistic flight simulator, originally started 1996 as an indie project by a single person, but currently is...

Flight Light Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

After the split-up with Microsoft, subLOGIC proceeded to create their own concept of what a simple flight simulator should be...

Flight Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a compilation of six combat flight simulators from Electronic Arts and Novalogic, originally released in 1997 and 1998....

Flight of the Intruder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Join "Tiger" Cole and "Cool Hands" Grafton as you command the US Naval Aviators over Vietnam. Take on MiGs, AAA,...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Flight Pack is a compilation containing the following four games based on flight: Deep Strike First Strike Combat Lynx Pilot...

Flight Path 737 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1985), VIC-20 (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1984), Electron (1986) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Flight Path 737 is a flight simulator or as the cover says an "advanced pilot trainer". The player is the...

FlightSim Commander Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

FlightSim Commander is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. It combines several tools to...

FlightSim I TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

FlightSim I puts the player inside the cockpit, behind the controls of a high performance jet. This game is in...

Flight Sim Toolkit Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1993)

Flight Sim Toolkit is a feature-rich package of tools with which you can create your own custom aircraft, worlds, and...

Flight Simulator Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980) and TRS-80 (1980)

The conception of the Flight Simulator computer game series, still going strong today, began in the late 1970's with "FS1",...

Commodore PET/CBM (1983)

This appropriately named Flight Simulator features only the instrument panel and not an actual world to fly in. The game...

Flight Simulator II Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1987) and PC-98 (1986)

This flight simulator simulates a real aircraft, the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II. For those with the knowledge, it offers practice...

The Flight Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982) and ZX81 (1982)

In an era when flight simulation for the masses was starting to become a reality, this program offered the chance...

MSX (1988) and PC-88 (1988)

A spin-off from the subLOGIC's Flight Simulators (which also included a combat mode), Flight Simulator with Torpedo Attack puts the...

Flight Squadron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This DOS compilation includes five flight simulators. The featured titles are:Flight Unlimited Apache Su-27 Flanker Fighter Duel Air Warrior

Flight Unlimited DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Flight Unlimited is a civilian flight simulator. You can choose between an Extra 300s, a Bellanca Decathlon, a Sukhoi SU-31,...

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