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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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Hush Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Hush is a short sociopolitical game inspired by the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, the darkest period of the Rwandan Civil...

Hyperspeed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Hyperspeed is a space trading and combat simulation game, and a follow-up to Lightspeed. The player controls a pilot who...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Hypertrek is a version of Star Trek. The player controls a starship and must navigate space in order to hunt...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

After humans ventured into outer space, they began building colonies there. It became increasingly hard to maintain them, and special...

iPhone (2009) and iPad (2013)

This is a small, self-contained iOS simulation of a MITS Altair 8800 computer running one of three flavours of the...

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2013)

This program simulates the operation of a MITS Altair 8800 computer across a variety of operating environments (CP/M versions and...

iCarly 2: iJoin the Click! Wii Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010) and Wii (2010)

iCarly 2: iJoin the Click! puts the player in the iCarly world along with Carly, Sam, Freddie, Spencer and all...

Ice Cream Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Ice Cream Tycoon the player wants to become a successful ice cream vendor. Every in-game day is divided into...

Ice & Fire Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

Fly a spaceship around pre-arranged paths to enter areas where you dismount and take on aliens in a first person...

Ice Hockey Club Manager 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Ice Hockey Club Manager 2005 is a managerial simulations where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success...

I Dig It iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2011)

Farmer Lewis has dug himself a hole – financially. To get himself out of it he has converted an old...

Browser (2010)

Bringing all the fun of Progress Quest to the browser, this game similarly tracks the adventures of a character through...

PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1995)

In Idol Project, the player takes a role of a young man named Takashi, who works for a company called...

PC-98 (1995)

Unlike the first Idol Project, the story of the sequel is directly related to to the anime series Idol Project,...

iF-16 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1996)

Another F-16 simulator. It has all the standard features for a flight simulation, including single mission flight, quickstart and campaign...

iF-22 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Fighter simulation. There are two campaigns available - Bosnia and Ukraine. With the add-on you also can fly in the...

iF-22: Peacekeeping Mission - Persian Gulf Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Peacekeeping Mission - Persian Gulf is an add-on campaign for the iF-22 flight simulator and requires the original game to...

iF/A-18E Carrier Strike Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A flight simulator based on the U.S. Navy's new carrier fighter super-hornet. The game puts you in command of a...

IFR Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), VIC-20 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

IFR is a flight simulator of Cessna 172RG Cutlass light aircraft. Due to limitations of early 1980s computers it doesn't...

IHRA Motorsports Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Latest (so far) drag-racing simulator by Bethesda. This game is more of a grease monkey sim than a racing sim...

IHRA Motorsports Drag Racing PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2000) and PlayStation (2001)

Enjoy the power of Top Fuel, Pro Mod, Pro Stock, or Funny Car drag racing! Race on multiple tracks against...

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

Ikebukuro Line Simulator is a commuter train simulation of a trip between Shiinamachi and Sakuradai on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line....

PlayStation (2002)

Ikkyū-san: The Quiz is a quiz game based on the anime with the same name revolving around the historical Zen...

IL-2 Sturmovik Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

IL-2 Sturmovik is a Russian-developed World War II flight sim that takes place in the Eastern Front of the European...

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 combines all the previous releases of Oleg Maddox's IL-2 Sturmovik series simulating WWII aerial combat, along with...

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