User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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TurboGrafx CD (1994)

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Browser (1997)

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Hattrick! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1996)

Saturday - half past 3 p.m. Ideal soccer weather for soccer. The stadium is sold out. The fans are singing...

Hattrick! Wins Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Hattrick! Wins is a typical managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of...

Haunting Starring Polterguy Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1993)

The ghost of a teenager seeks revenge against a snobbish family. Your job is to scare them out of their...

Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Hawaiian Odyssey Scenery Adventure is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC Flight Simulator II for Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64 and...

Hay Day iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Hay Day is a free to play farming simulation social game. The gameplay is based on operating a farm where...

HBO Boxing PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

HBO Boxing is a standard boxing game with the Home Box Office (HBO) license, known for their boxing broadcasts and...

He 162 Volksjäger Tour of Duty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

He 162 add-on for Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe. Manual featured historical details about the plane.

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

An early American Football strategy game from the same stable as Kevin Tom's pioneering Football Manager, which gives the player...

HeadStart Fun Pac DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

A classic game package that includes five games: Airplane Factory: build planes to be imported into Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight...

Browser (1998)

Hearts is a 4-player card game in which the objective is to earn the fewest points possible. This adaptation can...

Heart's Medicine: Season One Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2011)

Heart's Medicine: Season One is a time management game with a hospital theme. In the game the player takes on...

Amstrad PCW (1987)

A package containing Mike Male's two simulations Heathrow Air Traffic Control and Southern Belle on one double-sided disk. These two...

Heathrow International Air Traffic Control Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

Heathrow International Air Traffic Control faithfully simulates the job of a radar operator at two major international airports: London Heathrow...

Heat Shield iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

Heat Shield is an atmospheric-entry simulator game for iPhone and iPod touch where you use tilt control to fly spacecraft....

Heavy Gear Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In a distant future on a planet called Terra Nova an epic war is waged between the AST and the...

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...

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