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 (1995)

New addition to Sierra's FPS Football series. Changes this time are mostly cosmetic with new high-res svga graphics (which consist...

Front Page Sports: Football Pro '98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Front Page Sports: Football Pro '98 is, as the name suggests, a simulation of the popular American sport football. It...

Front Page Sports: Trophy Bass 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

This is the sequel to Sierra's Trophy Bass game. It features fishing from an overhead view, simulating reeling and reel...

Atari ST (1991)

Fruit Machine is a four wheel fruit machine simulator for one player. You start the game with £2.00 and every...

Fruit Machine Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1984)

Fruit Machine is a slot machine simulator for one person.The player starts with a stake of £5.00 and plays with...

Atom (1981)

Fruit Machine is a gambling game simulating a simple slot machine. The player spins the reels by hitting return then...

Fruit Machine Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1989) and Electron (1989)

Billed as 'The first real Fruit Machine Simulator' this is a game for 1 - 4 players that starts you...

Fruit Machine Simulator 2 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

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

This is the sequel to Codemaster's Fruit Machine Simulator and is programmed by the same people who developed the original.It...

Atari ST (1990)

Fruity is a three wheel fruit machine simulator for one player written in 68000 machine code. At the start of...

FS5 Designer-Tool DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

With this unofficial tool set you get the possibility to edit existing scenarios for Microsoft Flight Simulator (v.5.0).You can build...

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...

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