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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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DOS (1983)

Take control of the USS Columbia in an attempt to stop a group of warships from attacking Federation Headquarters. Galaxy...

DOS (1993)

Galleons is a simulation of a battle between two Galleon ships for one or two players, one hoisting a 'Jolly...

Galleons of Glory: The Secret Voyage of Magellan DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

This historical simulation game recreates the voyage of Portuguese explorer Magellan as he attempted to circumnavigate the world for the...

Gallop Racer PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

Gallop Racer is part horse racing simulation, part action/arcade racer.When choosing horses for your stable, you have to take a...

Gallop Racer 2001 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Gallop Racer 2001 is the first in the series to make it's appearance on the PlayStation 2 console. The player...

Gallop Racer 2003: A New Breed PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Gallop Racer 2003 is an update of it's previous incarnations with the standard modes (exhibition and season mode) and has...

Gallop Racer 2006 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Gallop Racer 2006, is the perennial update of the Gallop Racer series, with the standard gaming modes: Exhibition and Career,...

PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Gambler Queen's Cup is primarily a dating simulation game. The player controls a male protagonist whose goal is to date...

Browser (2009)

Sometimes large real-life conferences lend themselves to curious games in niche genres; roguelikes were found to be well-suited to the...

Game Dev Story iPhone Front Cover

Windows (1996), iPhone (2010) and Android (2010)

Ever wondered what it would be like to own your own game company? Make your own games? Game Dev Story...

Spectravideo (1986)

An implementation of Conway's Game of Life for the Spectravideo 318/328. You can make your own starting cell pattern or...

Game Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

In Game Tycoon the player founds and manages a business which produces games. The process of game development is basically...

Gammon Gambler TRS-80 Front Cover

Apple II (1980) and TRS-80 (1982)

Gammon Gambler offers complete backgammon gameplay for one player against the computer. The pieces are represented by text X's and...

Commodore 64 (1982)

Gangbusters is a turn-based, text-based Gangster simulator requiring at least two players. Beginning with the start of prohibition and ending...

Gangland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

The story begins when Chico Mangano dies by a gunshot. There were witnesses who saw Chico's three brothers kill him.Their...

Gangsters: Organized Crime Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Gangsters: Organized Crime is set in a fictional city in Prohibition-era America, featuring over 5000 citizens including 400 individual gangsters....

Windows (2008)

A simulator game in which you drive a garbage truck and control the garbage men in a fictional town. You...

Garfield: Living Large! iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Garfield: Living Large! is a virtual pet game that lets you take care of and play with grumpy cat Garfield....

Garry Kitchen's Battletank NES Front Cover

NES (1990)

Battletank is an advanced tank simulator where players take control of a tank from its driver's seat. Players are stuck...

Gary Grigsby's War in Russia DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

A World War 2 strategy game covering the war on the eastern front from 1941 to 1945. Game-scale is set...

Macintosh (2007)

A simulation so spare it can barely be called a game, this game puts the player in charge of a...

Gates of Troy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

Gates of Troy is an empire building Turn Based Strategy game. It is a stand-alone expansion for Spartan. When the...

GATO DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), Atari ST (1986), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1987) and Macintosh (1984)

BACKGROUNDIn Gato, you play the commander of a United States submarine in the Pacific Ocean during World War II against...

Gazillionaire Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

Gazillionaire is an intergalactic game of wheeling and dealing! It was selected as a FINALIST in the Ziff-Davis Shareware of...

Gazillionaire Deluxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1997)

An update of the previous Gazillionaire space-trading game. Gazillionaire Deluxe includes the existing gameplay of that title and offers the...

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