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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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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...

Game Boy Color (2000)

This game is the portable version of Hoyle Casino. Besides the obvious graphical differences, it contains a smaller amount of...

Hoyle Casino 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Hoyle updates their casino-themed series for 2004. Like previous Hoyle Casino games, it offers simulations of many Vegas games, such...

Hoyle Classic Games Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

Hoyle Classic Games is a collection of card games (Bridge, Crazy Eights, Cribbage, Gin, Hearts, Poker, and Solitaire) and board...

Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1992)

Six board games are transformed to the computer screen in the third Hoyle's release. Snakes & Ladders, Backgammon, Yacht /...

Hoyle Poker Windows Front Cover

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

Although Sierra tried its hand (no pun intended) at other card games, this is their first foray into the world...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Hoyle Slots is a virtual slot machine simulator, with an assortment of betting options. Running in a window with slot...

Windows (2007)

According to the game's author, a "humpster" is a "humping monster". The player is some mad scientist in charge of...

The Hunger Games Adventures Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

The Hunger Games Adventures is a social game based on the movie The Hunger Games and released simultaneously. The player...

Windows (2002)

Hungry Red Planet attempts to make learning about nutrition fun for kids by sliding the educational component into a sci-fi,...

Hunt Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Hunt is a cross between a first person shooter game (FPS) and a wilderness hunting game. The game begins in...

The Hunt for Red October DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Apple IIgs (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Macintosh (1989)

In this adaptation of Tom Clancy's popular novel, you play the part of Captain Marko Ramius attempting to defect to...

Windows (2003)

Hunting Unlimited 2 is the sequel to Hunting Unlimited and pits the player as a hunter against eight big game...

Hunting Unlimited 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Hunting Unlimited 2008 is the 2008 iteration in the Hunting Unlimited series. In the game the player takes on the...

Hunting Unlimited 2009 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Hunting Unlimited 2009 is the 2009 iteration in the Hunting Unlimited series. In the game the player takes on the...

Hunting Unlimited 2010 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Hunting Unlimited 2010 is the 10 year anniversary and 7th title in the Hunting Unlimited series. The player takes the...

Windows (2004)

Taking the Hunting Unlimited series to the next level, this third installment in the series brings you 10 big game...

Windows (2006)

Hunting Unlimited 4 is the fourth installment in the Hunting Unlimited series. Like in previous entries the player can hunt...

Hurra Deutschland DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Hurra Deutschland is a sarcasm election campaign satire - playing in 1994 just before the election of Helmut Kohl as...

Hurricane Windows Front Cover English

Windows (2007)

Hurricane is an aircraft add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. The...

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...

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