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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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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...

Windows (2005)

HiTilesAF is the first official add-on pack for Falcon 4.0: Allied Force, independently produced by Thomas D. Wälti. It replaces...

Atari ST (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Thomson MO (1987)

HMS Cobra: Convois pour Mourmansk, as its name implies, is about one of the 78 arctic convoys of World War...

Hochseefischen: Die Simulation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In Hochseefischen: Die Simulation the player takes the role of the manager and captain of a fishing business but the...

Hockey League Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1989)

Hockey League Simulator allows you to design and manage your own customized league or create current or classic leagues from...

Hockey League Simulator II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Hockey League Simulator II is a hockey management simulator. The player becomes the manager and creates his own team. It...

DOS (1995)

In this Golf Simulator you can choose field, course, tournament, player and go outdoors. Here is ordinary golf equipment, as...

MSX (1987)

After the huge success of the first two releases HAL Laboratory released a third golf simulation game. Again it is...

Holiday Island Windows Front Cover

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

Holiday Island is in the style of Sim City, but instead of building a town you have to fill up...

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

Simulation game in which the player runs a Hollywood studio. Features include the chance to produce big-budget epics or small-scale...

Hollywood Pictures DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1995)

With 20000 dollars in your pockets and a cinema with 5 movie rooms you are starting to make a great...

Hollywood Pictures 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hollywood Pictures 2 is a managerial simulation were the player takes care of a company which produces movie pictures. The...

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