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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 (2009)

Handball Manager 2010 is a managerial simulation of handball where the player is responsible for the financial and athletic success...

Hangsim Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Hangsim is a flight simulator that simulates the sport of hang gliding or paragliding. The game objective is quite simply...

Hannah Montana: The Movie Xbox 360 Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Hannah Montana: The Movie is based on the film of the same name. You can play in story mode or...

Happy Aquarium Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Happy Aquarium is a so-called social game that can be played on Facebook.The player starts out with one fish tank...

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1996) and Genesis (1995)

Action-oriented baseball sim. Hardball 5 is mainly an update to Hardball 4, with the additions coming in the form of...

HardBall 6: 2000 Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The game is a re-release of HardBall 6 but with updated player data. It features 1999 player rosters, and team...

Hard Drivin' Genesis Front Cover

DOS (1990), Genesis (1990), Lynx (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Arcade (1989)

Hard Drivin' is a 3D arcade hit from Atari Games. You are in control of a high-performance sports car. Your...

Hard Rock Casino PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006) and PSP (2007)

Hard Rock Casino is a gambling simulation game which includes over 20 different gambling games including Slots, 5 various forms...

Hard Rock Casino Palm OS Front Cover

Windows (2003), Palm OS (2003) and Windows Mobile (2003)

Under licence of the company Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc., Hard Rock Casino offers eight popular casino table games. Here,...

Hard Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hard Time is a jail simulator in which the player takes on the role of an inmate. The game starts...

Hard Truck: 18 Wheels of Steel Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Move cargo from place to place. Collect money to buy or improve your 18 wheeler. You can also manage your...

Windows (2000)

Take 12 different trucks (from small trucks to 18-wheel tractor-trailers) and deliver cargo ahead of your competition while avoiding the...

Hardwar Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The craters together is named Misplaced Optimism... And it's completely appropriate. Located on Titan, one of Saturn's moons, the colony...

Harley-Davidson: Race Across America Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Race your Harley across the country in a mad race to the mother of all motorcycle meccas - the Sturgis...

Windows (2001)

That unmistakable rumble of the big V-Twin is back as it echoes over the oceans, bringing new challenges in a...

Harley-Davidson: The Road to Sturgis DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

It's just 10 days away from the great bike drop bash happening at Sturgis South Dakota, and you're miles away!Ride...

Harley-Davidson: Wheels of Freedom Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Take the wheels of a classic Harley and hit the road! Participate in Open Road Challenge, Checkpoint Rally, Poker Run...

Harpoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1990)

A modern naval battle simulator based on Larry Bond's popular Harpoon board-game from 1980. The game features 13 possible Cold...

Harpoon 3 Pro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Harpoon 3 Pro is used as a real world tool for military professionals. This simulation builds on the decades-long Harpoon...

DOS (1989) and Amiga (1990)

BattleSet 2: North Atlantic Convoys (NACV) was the first add-on for Harpoon, featuring 16 scenarios playable from both sides of...

Harpoon Battleset 3: The MED Conflict DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1992) and Macintosh (1991)

Scenario Disk for the modern naval battle simulator based on Larry Bond's popular Harpoon board-game from 1980. Brings 16 new...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

BattleSet 4: Indian Ocean / Persian Gulf (IOPG) was the last BattleSet (i.e. map) published for the original DOS Harpoon...

Harpoon Challenger Pak (Limited Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This compilation includes floppy diskettes for the Harpoon Master Game, a renowned computer conversion of a tabletop naval strategic game...

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

This updated Harpoon edition combines all add-ons released to date: Harpoon updated to version 1.3 (includes BattleSet 1: GIUK) Harpoon...

Harpoon Classic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1994)

A naval battle simulator based on Larry Bond's popular Harpoon board-game from 1980. In addition to the material found in...

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