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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 (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...

Genius: Biology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Genius: Task Force Biologie is an educational strategy game in which you are an UN-contractor. Your mission is to renaturate...

Geniu$: The Tech Tycoon Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In Genius: Unternehmen Physik, your role is to become a inventor-entrepreneur like Siemens, Edison or Daimler by creating your own...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1983)

Geopolitique 1990 is an economical simulation in which the player takes the control over the USA and tries to overcome...

PC-98 (1996)

Geo Slave is set in a fictional modern day-like society which values violent entertainment above all; similarly to ancient Rome,...

German Airports 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The expansion pack German Airports 2 can either be used for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 or Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002....

German Airports 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Unlike the previous second part the expansion pack German Airports 3 can only be used in combination with Microsoft Flight...

German Airports 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Just as in German Airports 3 the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 is required. Unlike the previous parts this expansion pack...

German Railroads: Die Siebziger - Entlang der Bigge (Edition 2006) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

German Railroads: Die Siebziger - Entlang der Bigge (Edition 2006) for the Microsoft Train Simulator constitutes an improved version of...

German Trains Volume 5: Die Baureihe 111 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

German Trains Volume 5: Die Baureihe 111 is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which adds the German Locomotive series...

German Truck Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

German Truck Simulator is the successor of Euro Truck Simulator and is, like the name suggests, set in Germany. The...

Germany's Next Topmodel Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This game allows you to experience first-hand what it takes to become a top model in the fashion industry.You can...

Germany's Next Topmodel: Das offizielle Spiel zur Staffel 2009 Wii Front Cover

Windows (2009), PlayStation 2 (2009), Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Germany's Next Topmodel: Das offizielle Spiel zur Staffel 2009 is based on the German reality show Germany's Next Topmodel. The...

Germ Crazy Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

In Germ Crazy, you play the part of a fledgling surgeon who must protect his patient from a debilitating, flesh-eating...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Get On Da Mic is a karaoke game based exclusively on Hip-Hop songs. Players have to sing along with the...

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Getter Love!! is a dating sim where a high school student and his friends are having a competition to see...

Windows 3.x (1993)

A group of teenaged boys decide to tackle the gentle art of conversational seduction through a flirting simulator, running players...

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