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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 (1989) and Windows (2000)

This game pits the player as a single man on the prowl for some action. Custom-building the personality and traits...

CD-i (1992)

Girl's Club is a fantasy dating simulation game starring American actress Heidi Lucas. It is however not possible to date...

Gitaroo Man PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

In this strange music rhythm game, you play Gitaroo-Man as you go against various music themed villains. The game puts...

Gitaroo Man Lives! PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

U-1 is an ordinary boy who dreams about becoming an excellent skateboarder to impress Pico, the girl of his dreams....

Glider 4.0 for Windows Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

A port of a Macintosh title, Glider puts you in the role of a paper airplane in its quest to...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Glider Pilot is a flight simulation allowing you to try to fly a glider around a 160km course before landing....

Global Commander Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1988)

Armageddon Man casts you as the Supreme Commander of a future barely balanced Earth. The Earth has been split into...

The Global Dilemma: Guns or Butter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Macintosh (1990)

Following Balance of Power, designer Chris Crawford stuck to the big-picture approach but shifted the focus from power politics to...

Global Domination DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

In the near future, the world is divided in 5 power nations that will fight until the conquest of all...

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Global Sorties is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1, Microsoft Flight Simulator...

Windows (2008)

In GM Hockey 2009, you do what you, the player, would be able to do as a General Manager of...

Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1993)

G-Netix allows to participate in growing of a human embryo. By affecting environmental conditions (oxygen, pH, hydrogen levels) and changing...

G-Nome Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In the future, an uneasy peace exists between four races. The Humans, the Darken, the Merc and the Scorp. The...

GodFinger iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

GodFinger is a persistent God simulation game that gives the player control over his own world.The player starts out with...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Godzilla threatens Japan and it’s up to the player to use the combined force of Japan’s army, navy, air force,...

Go Fetch! Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2010)

Ever wish you could play fetch, but without the hassle of a dog, slobber, or requiring ample outdoor space? With...

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990) and Amstrad PCW (1990)

"Golden Basket" is a basketball simulator with many difficulty levels (including the usual NBA) and also the typical options like...

Golden Logres Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (2000) and Macintosh (2005)

Golden Logres is another pinball simulator by LittleWing. A sequel to both Tristan and Crystal Caliburn, the game features three...

Golden Nugget 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Real-time 3D casino play on the Nintendo 64, set inside the famous Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas.Features include a...

Golf Pro 2000 Downunder DOS Front Cover

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

Softkey's Golf Pro 2000 Downunder combines the familiar gameplay mechanics of the 3-click swing meter - similar to other golf...

Windows (1998)

The Golf Pro is Empire Interactive's first foray into golf sims. It is a standard 3rd person golf simulation with...

Golf Resort Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Golf Resort Tycoon is a real time business management sim. You design and maintain a golf resort, keeping tabs on...

Golf Resort Tycoon II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In this sequel to Golf Resort Tycoon you take on the challenge of designing your own resort. You must design...

Golf's Best: St. Andrews - The Home of Golf Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1986), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Golf's Best: St. Andrews - The Home of Golf is a golf simulation which allows you to experience the layout...

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Golly is an open source, cross-platform simulation of Conway's Game of Life. The game board is a grid of square...

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