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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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Horse Master iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

Horse Master is a horse racing gambling game where players can bet on races taking place across several different tracks,...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Horserace! is not unsurprisingly all about horse racing. Instead of racing, the player(s) are betting however. Each of the up...

Horse Racing Manager 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Horse Racing Manager 2 is the sequel to Horse Racing Manager. In this management game you can choose from three...

Atari ST (1990)

Horse Racing Simulator is a management game where the player manages his own racing horse stable. Buy and sell horses,...

Horse Star Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Horse Star is a realistic riding MMO in 3D. You create your avatar, then you choose a horse and you...

Horsez Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Following the tradition of the Petz series for PC, Ubisoft brings now the series to the DS. This time with...

Hospital Hustle Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2009)

Hospital Hustle is a Time Management game which has you playing as a nurse, working your way around seven medical...

Hospital Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hospital Tycoon is a level-based hospital management simulation where players can start on an empty building, and then assemble rooms...

Hostage: Rescue Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), NES (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Apple IIgs (1990), MSX (1990), Amstrad CPC (1990), Macintosh (1989), BBC Micro (1990), Electron (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1990)

Terrorists have overrun an embassy and hold the people inside as hostages. You control six counter-terrorists whose mission is to...

Hot Dish Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Hot Dish is a cooking simulator similar to the Cooking Mama series of games. As a training chef in a...

Hot Dog King Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Every aspect of running a small Hot Dog stand (and ultimately a thriving empire) is incorporated into this light-hearted simulation....

Browser (2013)

In The Hotdog Parable you are a street food seller. You can research and then upgrade your food selection and...

Browser (2010)

Hotel City is a simulation game where the player builds and manages a hotel, adding and decorating rooms, offices, shops,...

Hotel Giant Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

You are a hotel manager and you can now prove your manageing skills within the hotel industry. You have to...

Hotel Tycoon iPhone Front Cover v 2.0 release

iPhone (2010)

Hotel Tycoon is a managerial game in which the player takes on the role of a tycoon in charge of...

Windows (2004)

From Hot Rod Magazine, here's a game giving you the ability to buy used cars, fix them up, and then...

Hot Shots Golf PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Fun cartoonish golf game. Features attractive graphics and is easy to pick up and play for both novices and pros....

NES (1991)

This is a simple slot machine simulation. What makes it different are the erotic pictures of naked or half-naked girls,...

Windows (2000)

Hot Wheels Slot Car Racing is a 3-D racing game that comes complete with slot car controllers that plug right...

Windows (2002)

Hot Wheels Williams F1 Team Racer was developed especially for children. In this game, you advance in the ranks from...

Windows (1995)

Hover is a first person game set in an arena with hover cars. Hover was originally released with Windows 95...

Hover Strike Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

Terrakian Pirates have taken over a colonized planet under Federation control. They've set up an atmospheric cannon, making invasion impossible....

Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

Unconquered Lands is the CD-ROM update to the Jaguar cartridge Hover Strike. This game is mostly similar to the cartridge,...

Hoyle Backgammon & Cribbage Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

Play the classic games of cribbage and backgammon on your computer. You can play against 10 computer controlled opponents or...

Hoyle Casino Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2000), Dreamcast (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

A variety of casino themed games in the newest version of Sierra's Casino series. You start off with $5000 and...

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