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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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Heavy Gear II Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000) and Windows (1999)

As the leader of the special ops group Dark Talons, lead your squad mates on a series of dangerous missions...

Heavy Metal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

This multi-genre military action game puts player in the seat of tactical commander of mechanized forces. Starting as Cadet, you'll...

Heavy Metal Thunder PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

In the year 2980 CE, recent breakthroughs in robotics technology have brought a surge in the popularity of robots, called...

Hegemonia: The Solon Heritage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

A stand alone expansion pack to last year's Haegemonia: Legions of Iron.The Solon Heritage (TSH) is a multiplayer only package...

Heimspiel 2006: Der Fußballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Heimspiel 2006: Der Fußballmanager is practically the same game as Soccer Manager: The player is still responsible for the financial...

Windows (2006)

Heimspiel: Eishockymanager 2007 is a managerial simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of his...

Helicopter Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

In this game you are the pilot of a battle helicopter of the Federal Armed Forces (Deutsche Bundeswehr) to fly...

Hellcat Ace Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

A classic 1st person flight simulation similar to Ace of Aces. In several missions you have to shoot down Japanese...

Hellcats Over the Pacific Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1991)

Hellcats Over the Pacific is an early 1990's air combat simulator for the Macintosh platform. It features the World War...

Heroes in Guitarland Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Heroes in Guitarland is a demake of the popular music/rhythm game Guitar Hero, created for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes competition....

The Heroes of the 357th DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

3D, real-time, World War II flight combat game. Based on the actual missions flown by the 357th squadron (the Yoxford...

Heroes of the Pacific Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Heroes of the Pacific is an arcade flying game set in the Pacific theatre of World War II. Heroes has...

Heroes Over Europe Windows Front Cover

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

Heroes Over Europe, the sequel to Heroes of the Pacific, is a WWII arcade flying game set in the skies...

Herrscher der Meere DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

Herrscher der Meere ("Ruler of the Seas") is a traditional German business simulation. The player trades goods, explores ports or...

Hidden Agenda DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Macintosh (1988)

Hidden Agenda is a government simulation game oriented on political decisions and their consequences. The player is in the role...

Hidden & Dangerous 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Set throughout the period of World War II, Hidden & Dangerous 2 puts the player in charge of a squad...

High Command: Europe 1939-'45 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

High Command is a strategic-level strategy game that places you in the role of leader of either the Allied or...

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

High Heat Baseball 2000 is a baseball game which focuses on the simulation aspect. In comparison to its predecessor High...

Browser (2008)

High Noon is a simple text-only Western gunfight duel simulation and was originally created as a BASIC game as early...

High Roller Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1986) and Commodore 64 (1986)

High Roller is a 1st-person Harrier jet plane simulator, developed with the aid of the British Aerospace.Your sole mission is...

DOS (1983)

High Roller Casino is a text-based casino game consisting of a Slot Machine, a Wheel of Fortune, a Roulette Wheel,...

Windows (2010)

High School Dreams: Best Friends Forever is a dating simulation set in a US high-school named Charm Springs High. The...

High Seas Trader DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1995)

A follow-up to Impressions' earlier game Merchant Colony, High Seas Trader puts you in the shoes of a young impoverished...

High Speed NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

High Speed is a conversion of the Williams Electronics pinball game of the same name. The game recreates the pinball...

High Stakes Gambling Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1992)

High Stakes Gambling is a Vegas style gambling game with a twist - the game takes place in the 1930s...

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