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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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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...

Hillsea Lido Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1995)

Hillsea Lido puts you in charge of seaside amusement facilities loosely based around a beach near Vulcan's Hampshire base. Each...

Hill Street Blues DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Hill Street Blues is a "cop simulator". You play a police cadet who wants to get to the top. But...

PSP (2009)

The Hilton Family is an educational simulation used as the fourth component for the training of new employees at the...

PC-98 (1997)

Hinadori no Saezuri is a simulation game with touches of strategy. The game is set in a pseudo-historical scenery that...

HIND: The Russian Combat Helicopter Simulation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Hind is a simulation of the Soviet Mi-24 helicopter (codenamed "Hind" by NATO and nicknamed "Flying Tank" by Soviet troops),...

Hissatsu Pachinko Station Monster House Special PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Hissatsu Pachinko Station Monster House Special is a single player pachinko simulation.Pachinko is played in gaming halls called parlors and...

Hissatsu Pachinko Station Now 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Hissatsu Pachinko Station Now 3 is the third in a series of pachinko games from Japan. Pachinko is sometimes referred...

Windows (2005)

The History Channel - Civil War: The Battle of Bull Run - Take Command:1861 is a real time strategy wargame...

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