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

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Windows (2009)

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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...

Browser (2006)

Hog Heaven Slots is a slot machine game with five reels and nine paylines. In order to win the player...

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...

The Hollywood Squares PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011), Wii (2010), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

The Hollywood Squares is a game based on the TV show of the same name. Players must choose between nine...

The Home Entertainment Shareware Collection: Volume 6 - Simulation Shareware Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Shareware Simulation Games is the sixth of seven shareware CDs in Aztech's Home Entertainment series. It is a compilation of...

Windows (2009)

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Home Sweet Home Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Macintosh (2008) and Wii (2008)

Home Sweet Home is a home design simulator. The player takes the role of a professional interior designer, and must...

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

Hooves of Thunder! is a remake of the DOS game QuarterPole.The game has been completely reworked as a DOS-to-Windows conversion....

Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Falcon 3.0: Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter lets flight-simulation enthusiasts assume the role of a U.S. Navy or Marine Corps F/A-18...

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...

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