User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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DOS (1992)

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DOS (1987)

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Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

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ZX Spectrum (1983)

The Forest is an orienteering simulation that recreates 37 kilometres of forest. A map of the area is supplied, with...

Windows (2004)

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Fork Truck Challenge Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Fork Truck Challenge is a forklift simulator with four different levels and physics and collision emulation. Your goal is to...

Amiga (1991)

Unlike its C64 relative, Formula 1 3D: F.1 Manager II, this game is a pure first-person driver simulator.Selecting one of...

Commodore 64 (1991)

The second version of F.1 Manager is an improved installment with two languages support (English/Italian), additional graphics and features, but...

Amiga (1996)

You can try your hand at managing a Formula 1 team of your choice in this simulation. First of all...

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Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

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Formula Karts: Special Edition SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

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Formula Nippon '99 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

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Formula One DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

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PlayStation 2 (2004)

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Formula One 05 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

The 2005 game in Sony's licensed Formula One series has been updated with the official teams, drivers and circuits from...

Formula One 2000 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

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Formula One 2001 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2001)

Formula One 2001 is an officially licensed formula one racing game. All tracks, teams, cars and drivers from the 2001...

Formula One 2003 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

This game is an officially licensed product of the FIA Formula One 2003 championship. It features all the drivers, tracks...

Formula One 99 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

An UK developed racing game based on 1999's Formula One Season. Every team and pilot is registered, as well as...

Windows (2011)

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Browser (2003)

In Fortune Bingo, the players have one, three or six bingo cards to play with, depending on the chosen option....

Browser (2008)

Forumwarz is a humorous browser-based role-playing game that takes place on the internet and skewers online culture. Users derail fake...

FourFourTwo Touchline Passion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

FourFourTwo is the followup to UEFA Manager 2000, Bubball's first managing game. It includes nine playable European league (English, Scottish,...

Fox Sports Golf '99 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and PlayStation (1997)

An amateur golf sim featuring no PGA endorsed courses or players. The game uses the standard golf gameplay mechanics, with...

Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1995), Genesis (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Baseball player Frank Thomas licensed one of the first baseball games to use motion-captured 3D graphics and multiple camera angles....

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