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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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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...

Windows (2000)

FS Clouds 2000 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 . Its purpose is to add more realistic and...

Windows (1998)

FS Global Update: Global Base Scenery for Microsoft® Flight Simulator can be used with Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.1), Microsoft Flight...

F-SIM Space Shuttle iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

F-SIM Space Shuttle is a photo realistic simulation of the Space Shuttle on final approach and landing. The player can...

FS Maintenance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

FS Maintenance is an add-on product for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. It is designed to work with aircraft that are...

FS Whirlybirds Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

FS Whirlybirds is an add-on for Flight Simulator 2002 and 2004. This add-on focuses on flying different helicopters. Five different...

Fugger Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Die Fugger is an economy simulation combining elements of games like Kaiser and Hanse. Up to six players can compete...

Full Steam Ahead Android Front Cover Google Play release

Browser (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Full Steam Ahead is a 2D physics based puzzle game inspired by the pioneer years of steam propulsion in which...

Fun House Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Fun House is a game based on a children's TV game show. The game's object is to test luck and...

Funkmaster Flex Digital Hitz Factory PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Funkmaster Flex Digital Hitz Factory is a music editor game using over 16,000 different instrument sounds as well as different...

Funnypigs Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

Funnypigs is an on-line pig breeding game. After registering on the game's website the player is given a single pig...

Windows (2002)

Funpok Video Poker is a single person, shareware, video poker machine simulator.The basic machine / screen layout always stays the...

Windows (2001)

FurtherTime is a space combat simulator. Action takes place in the close proximity of Earth. Fly your space fighter and...

Fussball Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

This compilation contains the following 3 games: Ran Soccer ranTrainer ranTrainer 2

Fussball Liga Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Fussball Liga Manager is a managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of...

Windows (2010)

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Fussball Manager series (the German title for the Total Club Manager and...

Fussball Manager 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Fussball Manager 2002 is in many aspects an spiritual successor of ANSTOSS 3 with a more serious basic structure and...

The Futility of the Existence of the Modern Era Wage Slave iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

An ostensibly humourous existential look at life in the modern era, this game presents the player with the life of...

Windows (2005)

This is a real-time strategy simulation game, demonstrating the US Army's planned (now cancelled) FCS - 'Future Combat Systems'.The simulation...

Future Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Future Pinball is a free pinball construction program supporting OpenGL for the 3D graphics, Visual Basic for the table logic...

Gabelstapler-Simulator 2009 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Gabelstapler-Simulator 2009 is a simulation in which the player takes the role of a forklift driver. As expected he has...

Gadget Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Gadget Tycoon is a management sim that puts you in charge of designing, developing and distributing futuristic gizmos. You compete...

PC-98 (1994)

Minako was just an ordinary Japanese teenage girl - until she was killed by an evil gym teacher, whom she...

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