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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 (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)

The sequel to Fisherman's Bait allows you to fish for over fifteen different types of fish, using twenty different fishing...

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...

Windows (2005)

Flashpoint Germany is a turn based strategy game set at the end of the Cold War. The Soviet Union decides...

Fleet Defender DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and PC-98 (1995)

Fleet Defender is a single player F14 combat sim with many finer details represented, including the ability to switch between...

DOS (1995)

This expansion for Fleet Defender adds the Indian Ocean and Korean Peninsula maps with six campaigns, US Pacific Fleet F-14...

Windows (1999)

Flight Academy is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98. In this add-on you will train to become a civil...

Xbox (2002)

Flight Academy is a civil aircraft flight simulator. In the game you can fly various passenger planes and fly over...

DOS (1996)

A shareware, WWII-themed flight simulator with combat that tries to capture the "spirit and feeling of real flight" while avoiding...

Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Airline Transport Pilot is an advanced simulator from subLOGIC, that allows you to fly airliners, such as Boeing 737, 747,...

Macintosh (1993)

This tactical wargame / simulation attempts to visualize air-to-air dogfights using a "board game" style. Your job is to take...

Flight Commander 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

A tactical wargame focusing on air-to-air combat. You take the commander's seat and are given control of a squad of...

Flight Deck III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Flight deck III is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 .It makes the following...

Linux (1997), Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

FlightGear is a realistic flight simulator, originally started 1996 as an indie project by a single person, but currently is...

Flight Light Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

After the split-up with Microsoft, subLOGIC proceeded to create their own concept of what a simple flight simulator should be...

Flight Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

This is a compilation of six combat flight simulators from Electronic Arts and Novalogic, originally released in 1997 and 1998....

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