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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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Flying Nightmares Macintosh Front Cover

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...

Football Manager 2012 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Football Manager 2012 is the eighth annual entry in the football (soccer) management simulation series. Improvements over the 2011 version...

Football Manager 3 Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Football Manager 3 is a managerial simulation in which the player is responsible for the athletic success of a soccer...

Football Manager Handheld PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Football Manager Handheld is a handheld version of Football Manager 2006, where you take control of a team in one...

PSP (2008)

Football Manager Handheld 2009 is the second Football Manager game released for the PSP. FMH is a slimmed down version...

Football Manager II: Expansion Kit Atari ST Front Cover

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

This expansion kit for Kevin Tom's Football Manager II allows you to create and modify your own saved Football Manager...

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Football Manager Live is a online-only managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success...

Football Masters 96/97 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Football Masters 96/97 is a soccer management simulation and the first game in a football manager ESP Software series. The...

Amiga (1994)

Football Masters (Version 5) is a managerial soccer simulation in which the player takes control over a team of the...

Football Mogul 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Football Mogul 2003 is the football equivalent of Baseball Mogul 2003. The player can build their own team, from changing...

Football Mogul 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The 2007 iteration of the Football Mogul series. Football Mogul 2007 is a text-based simulation of running an NFL team....

Football World Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Football World Manager is a soccer management game. Instead of focusing on one league or country like most soccer management...

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