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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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Flugsimulatoren für Microsoft Windows Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The compilation Flugsimulatoren für Microsoft Windows includes the following five games: Airbus A320 Die Jagd auf den Roten Baron F-16...

Fluid PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

A unique Interactive Sound Lab that enables you to compose infinite music sequences covering all genres of dance music. Navigate...

Fly! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Fly! is a flight simulator released for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms, and simulates civilian airplanes and helicopters. New...

Fly! 2K Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Fly! 2K is an updated "special enhanced" version of Fly!, a civilian flight sim similar to Microsoft Flight Simulator, Flight...

Fly! 2K: German Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

As the name suggests this game is the German version of Fly! 2K. Besides the main game it features a...

Flyboys Squadron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Flyboys Squadron is a World War I flight simulator based on the 2006 movie Flyboys. Players get to fly 10...

Amiga (1993), Commodore 64 (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Your homeland's precious limited energy is being taken advantage of by the evil Thargoid Empire, and you and your spaceship...

Fly! II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Fly! II is a flight simulator released for both Macintosh and Windows platform, and simulates civilian airplanes and helicopters. New...

Flying Club Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Flying Club is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 .Flying Club is based on a real club, The...

Flying Corps DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Fly four different campaigns of the World War I. The missions are very different and reach from patrol flights to...

Flying Corps Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

Flying Corps Gold is a re-release of the 1996 WWI air combat simulator Flying Corps. Adding to the realism and...

3DO (1995) and Macintosh (1994)

Flying Nightmares is a 3-D flight-sim game that has the player take to the controls of the Harrier jet, flying...

Fly Lauda Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Fly Lauda is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. Tagged as 'The Most Advanced Airline Upgrade Ever Conceived For...

Fly!: Piper and Cessna in San Francisco - Special Edition* Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Fly!: Piper and Cessna in San Francisco* is a cut down version of Fly!. The game is fully featured but...

Fly the Airbus A380 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Fly the Airbus A380 is an add-on for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and/or Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. It...

FOFT: Federation of Free Traders Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Federation of Free Traders is a space simulation/exploration game that is quite similar to an earlier title, Elite. The player...

Food Force Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

When the island nation of Sheylan is racked by famine and civil war, it's up to the United Nations World...

Food Import Folly Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In this educational newsgame presented in the editorial section of the New York Times, players assume the role of a...

Wii (2009)

Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked! is an interactive cooking title utilizing the Wii's motion controls as you, the player,...

Windows (2004)

Football Deluxe is a soccer management game. The player takes on the role of a manager and can choose to...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

Football Director II is the successor of Football Director, slightly extending the gameplay of the predecessor. Still, you are managing...

Football Limited DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Bundesliga Manager Hattrick is a German football (soccer) management simulation, the sequel to Bundesliga Manager Professional. The player or players...

Football Manager 2010 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Football Manager 2010 is the sixth entry in Sports Interactive's series of football management simulations. The previous game introduced a...

Football Manager 2011 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

The Football Manager series are simulations where you play as a soccer manager trying to manage your team(s) all the...

Windows (2010)

Football Manager 2011 (Kollekcionnoe izdanie) is a Collector's Edition of Football Manager 2011 with set of additional items: User manual...

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