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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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Amiga (1992)

A collection of three simulations: 688 Attack Sub F/A-18 Interceptor Indianapolis 500: The Simulation

DOS (1991)

Airline is a managerial simulation in which the player is responsible for a airline corporation. The majority of the game...

Airliner ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Airliner was written in BASIC (to the point where it's possible to crash it by inputting the wrong type of...

Airlines DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Here you have an typical mid-nineties economic simulation which, you guessed it, simulates a airline company.At the start of the...

Windows (2002)

Airlines 2 is a strategy game focusing on finance, investment, design, and management of an airline company and its fleet.The...

DOS (1996)

Airline Simulator is a direct descendant of subLOGIC's Airline Transport Pilot, as it's based on the same 'engine'. The avionics...

Airline Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Airline Tycoon is a managerial simulation in which the player is the manager of an airline company. This game features...

Airline Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Airline Tycoon, better known as Airline Tycoon First Class in-game, is an updated re-release of Airline Tycoon. The subtitle was...

Airline Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Airline Tycoon 2 is a traditional economical simulation in the same style of its predecessors: the player manages an airport...

Airline Tycoon Deluxe Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2003), Macintosh (2005), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Airline Tycoon Deluxe is the fourth incarnation in the Airline Tycoon series. It contains all the content from the previous...

Airline Tycoon Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Airline Tycoon Revolution is the second upgraded re-release of Airline Tycoon. The player is the manager of an airline and...

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Air Management '96 is a sequel/remake to the other games in the Air Management series. Like previous titles, the game...

Amiga (1990)

Aipoirt is a flight controller simulation. The player has to control the whole air traffic of an airport. The normal...

Airport 2000: Volume 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Airport 2000 is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 1998. It greatly improves the visuals of some of the...

Airport 2000: Volume 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The second Airport 2000 volume is an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 in which different airports get a graphic...

Windows (2000)

Airport 2000: Volume 3, like its two predecessors is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. It adds updated...

Airport Amsterdam Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Airport Amsterdam is an add-on for the flight simulator X-Plane 10 Global. This add-on is a detailed scenery expansion for...

Airport Control Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Airport Control Simulator tasks the player with guiding airplanes safely to the landing zones at different airports around the world....

Airport Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Manage an entire airport! You are in charge of designing an airport from a big stretch of land. Place runways,...

Airport Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Airport Tycoon 2 is a 3D management simulation in which the player runs an airport, and manages all the headaches...

Airport Tycoon 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

You start with a plot of land. From there, you create your airport, including runways, terminals, restaurants, and even retail...

Air Power: Battle in the Skies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Air Power: Battle in the Skies is set in a fantasy world in which humanity lives on one big continent....

Windows (2001)

Air Power: The Cold War is an add-on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series, Microsoft Flight Simulator 98...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

Strategy based war game set in the future "where wars are fought in virtual reality". What this means is that...

Atari ST (1989)

Air Traffic Controller is a one player game written in ST-Pascal for high resolution where you take on the role...

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