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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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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...

Harpoon Classic '97 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Harpoon Classic '97 is a revised version of traditional Harpoon Classic which is in turn, based on Larry Bond's original...

DOS (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

The first of the Harpoon Designer's Series is a collection of scenarios for Harpoon - there are four sets (HDS1,...

DOS (1993)

The second of the Harpoon Designer's Series is a collection of scenarios for Harpoon - there are four sets (HDS5,...

Harpoon II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

Harpoon II is a simulation of modern-era naval combat. A variety of ships such as surface and sub, as well...

Harpoon II: Admiral's Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This collection includes the original Harpoon II, part of the long-running naval strategy series, and seven distinct battle sets:Global Conflicts...

DOS (1994)

This BattleSet for Harpoon II is a mission pack featuring 15 hypothetical post-Cold War scenarios focusing on hostilities between the...

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

This BattleSet for Harpoon II is a mission pack featuring 15 hypothetical scenarios set in the mid-1980s, as the Cold...

DOS (1996)

Harpoon II Deluxe: Multimedia Edition is an updated Harpoon II CD-ROM release expanded with two additional BattleSets: Global Conflicts II...

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

Harpoon Scenario Editor is the same tool that was used by game developers to create missions for Harpoon. The user...

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Straits of Hormuz. Persian Gulf. Enemy forces have captured seven key military bases, cutting off the major oil supplies of...

Harrier Attack! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1983), Amstrad CPC (1984) and Oric (1983)

Harrier Attack is viewed from the side, and instantly resembles titles such as Wings of Fury and Jetstrike. You're on...

Windows (2007)

Harrier Attack II is a sequel to the popular 1980's game by Durell Software, Harrier Attack.Flying your Harrier jump-jet you...

Harrier Combat Simulator PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988) and Commodore 64 (1987)

Take control of a Harrier jet in this early flight sim. Includes many realistic options such as V/STOLs, VIFF, heat-seeking...

Harrier Jump Jet includes Falkland Islands Campaign Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Harrier Jump Jet: Falklands 20th Anniversary Release is a re-released add on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 1 and Microsoft...

Harrier Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Is anyone better placed to write a simulation of a Jump Jet than someone who flies them for a living?...

Atari ST (1986) and Macintosh (1985)

Harrier Strike Force is a jet simulation without plot. The game features one island with a gas fuel station, an...

Harukaze Sentai V-Force PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Long ago, civilization flourished on Venus. The environmental protection agency Goa Del maintained the planet. However, in the name of...

Harvest Moon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996), Wii (2008) and Wii U (2013)

Ever wanted to live life on a farm, with nothing but the sun, the fresh scent of your crops, the...

Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

As the customizable hero or heroine, you arrive at Echo Village, where your parents recently offered you the opportunity to...

Game Boy Color (2001)

After much acclaim for your past farming accomplishments (as part of the previous Harvest Moon titles on GBC), you are...

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