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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 (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...

DOS (1994)

In this fishing simulator you are an angler with some luck, who travels to a river for fishing. Arriving to...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1987)

Gone Fishing is a fishing simulator. Starting small in a rented boat with a plastic worm, a spinner, or other...

The Good Life: The Tropical Paradise Simulation Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

The Good Life is a ship simulator in a 3D tropical environment. The player starts a new life as a...

Goof Ball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This colorful game combines puzzle elements with fast paced action. From labyrinth style puzzles to last man standing firefights; this...

Browser (2014)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the invention of the spatial geometry toy by Hungarian Ernő Rubik, this Doodle presents a...

Go Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Go Simulator is a computer adaptation of the classic Chinese strategic board game known worldwide as go. The game includes...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

Gossip was an experimental game designed to model interactions between the player and between 3 and 7 computer players. The...

Gotcha Force GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

In Gotcha Force, up to 4 players can use robots to unleash powerful attacks and projectile weapons along with jumping...

GP 500 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This game follows the 98 Championship of the World of GP motorbike racing with 500cc bikes raced by the likes...

G-Police Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1997), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

After a violent interstellar resource war, mega-corporations seize power from the remnants of Earth's governments and lead humanity's way into...

G.P.S.: Geo-Political Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In G.P.S.: Geo-Political Simulator the player becomes the head of one of 229 states and needs to control its political...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In this game you manage a tennis player, starting with $30,000 (Amiga) or $50,000 (C64) at the bottom of Top...

Graduation PC-FX Front Cover

Windows (1997), TurboGrafx CD (1994), WonderSwan (1999) and PC-FX (1994)

Graduation is a Japanese anime "life-sim" game which are popular in Japan. Except for Princessmaker 2, which was never officially...

Graham Taylor's Soccer Challenge Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Although Graham Taylor was the England international football manager at the time this game was released, the player starts a...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1989)

Grand Fleet is a World War I Tactical Naval Combat Wargame/Simulation. The time frame covers from the beginning of the...

Grand National Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1989), ZX Spectrum (1985), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Every aspect of the famous horse race, held over the daunting hurdles course at Aintree in Liverpool every April, is...

Grand Ouvert Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Grand Ouvert is a humorous Skat cards game simulation. Instead of faceless computer AI opponents the player faces up to...

Grand Prix 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Grand Prix 3 aims to be a complete simulation of the 1998 Formula 1 World Championship, and features all the...

Grand Prix 3 Season 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is the only official add-on CD for Geoff Crammond's Formula One Grand Prix 3. With it, the game is...

Grand Prix 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Do you like Formula 1 racing, the Grand Prix series, racing in general or do you just want to be...

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