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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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Frets on Fire Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

Frets on Fire is a GPL-licensed Guitar Hero clone for PCs. The point of the game is to emulate real...

PC Booter (1983)

A set of 16 games, 9 business tools and 4 miscellaneous applications designed for use on IBM PC and compatibles....

DOS (1988)

1,000,000 square miles of open sea, your nuclear powered frigate and a fleet of Russian ships circling you. This is...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Frog Race is a betting simulation. Up to eight players may place bets on eight frogs. Each frog has different...

Frontier: Elite II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993) and Amiga CD32 (1993)

Frontier: Elite II is, of course, the sequel to Elite and it continues in much the same way. You have...

Frontier: First Encounters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Frontier: First Encounters is the third part of Elite series. You are a space pirate and you fly around through...

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Front Line Fighters bundles three of Digital Integration's flight simulations plus the add-on for F-16 Fighting Falcon. Apache HIND: The...

Front Page Sports: Baseball '94 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

The first Baseball game developed under Dynamix's "Front Page Sports" brand name. This one delivers an equally balanced team-management and...

Front Page Sports: Baseball Pro '96 Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Whether you play as a manager, coach or player, Front Page Sports: Baseball Pro '96 Season offers detailed gameplay for...

Front Page Sports: Baseball Pro '98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Step up to the plate for a true-to-life, physics-based baseball game that uses the laws of nature, not probability. Manage...

Front Page Sports: Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The initial entry in the Front Page Sports lineup from Dynamix/Sierra, this was an ambitious simulation of North American football...

Front Page Sports: Football Pro DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

The first of several re-releases in the Front Page Sports: Football series from Dynamix/Sierra, the initial 'Pro' version boasts a...

Front Page Sports: Football Pro '96 Season DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

New addition to Sierra's FPS Football series. Changes this time are mostly cosmetic with new high-res svga graphics (which consist...

Front Page Sports: Football Pro '98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Front Page Sports: Football Pro '98 is, as the name suggests, a simulation of the popular American sport football. It...

Front Page Sports: Trophy Bass 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

This is the sequel to Sierra's Trophy Bass game. It features fishing from an overhead view, simulating reeling and reel...

Atari ST (1991)

Fruit Machine is a four wheel fruit machine simulator for one player. You start the game with £2.00 and every...

Fruit Machine Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1984)

Fruit Machine is a slot machine simulator for one person.The player starts with a stake of £5.00 and plays with...

Atom (1981)

Fruit Machine is a gambling game simulating a simple slot machine. The player spins the reels by hitting return then...

Fruit Machine Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

Billed as 'The first real Fruit Machine Simulator' this is a game for 1 - 4 players that starts you...

Fruit Machine Simulator 2 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

This is the sequel to Codemaster's Fruit Machine Simulator and is programmed by the same people who developed the original.It...

Atari ST (1990)

Fruity is a three wheel fruit machine simulator for one player written in 68000 machine code. At the start of...

FS5 Designer-Tool DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

With this unofficial tool set you get the possibility to edit existing scenarios for Microsoft Flight Simulator (v.5.0).You can build...

FScene Volume 1: Europe & Africa Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

FScene Volume 1: Europe & Africa is a scenery add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004....

FScene Volume 2: North & South America Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

FScene Volume 2: North & South America is a scenery add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight Simulator...

FScene Volume 3: Asia, Australia & New Zealand  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

FScene Volume 3: Asia, Australia & New Zealand is a scenery add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight...

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