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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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Windows (2014)

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FireFly Studios' Stronghold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

FireFly Studios' Stronghold is a combination of a building simulation (like SimCity) and a real-time strategy game. The player can...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The sequel to Firefly Studios' acclaimed castle building and management sim offers 3D graphics and many new gameplay elements. It...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold 2 Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Besides the original Stronghold 2 game already patched to version 1.2, this release also contains: A new game mode in...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Crusader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Crusader is the standalone expansion pack to the 2001 Stronghold. In Stronghold Crusader the player can play...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Deluxe is a re-release of Stronghold that comes pre-patched to version 1.2. It also includes additional maps...

FireFly Studios' Stronghold Warchest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Firefly Studios' Stronghold Warchest is the two-for-one release of Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader. Paper manuals are not bundled in the...

FirePower Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

FirePower is an add-on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3.0 that adds 18 brand new aircraft, weapons, special effects, sounds,...

Fire Pro Wrestling D Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001)

Fire ProWrestling D is a wrestling simulation game featuring over 200 wrestlers from many well known North America and Japanese...

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Fire ProWrestling Returns is a 2D-graphic based wrestling simulation game. The game has a north-south/east-west-axis movement system. This allows for...

Fire ProWrestling Z PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Fire ProWrestling Z is the direct follow-up to Fire Pro Wrestling D, intended as the series' swan song and final...

DOS (1995)

As its subtitle states, Firestorm is a forest fire simulation -- the first in a series of similar games by...

Windows (2006)

First Eagles: The Great War 1918 is the fourth release from Third Wire Productions and the first non-jet based game.Find...

First Expedition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

First Expedition is a naval simulation game.The player navigates the seas of an alien world in search of ancient artifacts....

First Over Germany DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

First Over Germany is a simulation of a B-17 bomber group in World War II. The simulation covers the actual...

PlayStation (1999)

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Fisherman's Bass Club PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Fisherman's Bass Club takes anglers of all ages and abilities into the world of Trophy Bass Fishing. Learn the secrets...

WonderSwan (2000)

Following in the footsteps of the fishing simulation/rpg Bass Rise this portable remake. Although one can no longer select the...

Fish Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), Nintendo DS (2007), BREW (2007), J2ME (2007), Palm OS (2004), Windows Mobile (2004), Macintosh (2006), iPhone (2008) and Android (2010)

Fish Tycoon is a software toy of sorts, in which you control a tank of fish. To allow them to...

FishVille Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

FishVille is an interactive fish tank on Facebook. The player can buy fish and grow them. Individual fish have levels...

Fishz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Fishz is a game of the virtual pet variety. It is essentially a European version of My Sim Aquarium with...

Fitness Dash Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Jo the Jogger is a sportive woman, worrying about the health condition of her comrades in Dinertown, preferring to eat...

Flamingo Tours DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1994)

In Flamingo Tours you are the manager of a travel agency. With your starting money you have to reserve hotel...

Flanker 2.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Flanker 2.0 is the second major release of SSI's realistic air combat simulator based on the Russian Su-27 & Su-33...

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