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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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PC-98 (1994)

Minako was just an ordinary Japanese teenage girl - until she was killed by an evil gym teacher, whom she...

The Galactic Aquarium Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

The Galactic Aquarium is a casual game, released on Xbox Live Indie Games, in which the player must breed each...

Galactic Command: Echo Squad Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Galactic Command: Echo Squad is a realism focused spaceship simulation game in the vein of Battlecruiser 3000AD.The player takes control...

Galactic Command: Echo Squad (Second Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Galactic Command: Echo Squad (Second Edition) is the same game as Galactic Command: Echo Squad with the following changes: Support...

Galactic Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

In this game you have to roam the space with your spaceship to conquer the universe. Progressing from one star...

DOS (1982)

Galactic Encounters is a turn-based, command-driven strategy game in the mold of Star Trek, although it dispenses with the Klingons...

Galaxy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1982), Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1981), TI-99/4A (1983), TRS-80 (1981), Commodore PET/CBM (1981) and FM-7 (1983)

As Fleet Admiral of a newly commissioned starship armada you send your ships from the home planet to explore the...

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...

Game Levels & Co. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This unofficial add-on disk contains hundreds of levels, cheats and tools for: Descent Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0) SimCity 2000

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...

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