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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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PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Following in the footsteps of the previous game, IndyCar Series 2005 once again puts players inside the world of high-speed...

Nintendo 64 (2000)

Indy Racing 2000 is an officially licensed product of that year's Indy Racing League. At this point it purely raced...

Windows (2002)

Inferno is the third in a Software Illusions series of pinball simulators.This is a three reel slot machine simulator based...

Infestation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and FM Towns (1992)

The Alpha 2 research colony on Xelos has been invaded by aliens, wiping out the crew and laying 167 of...

Infiltrator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Infiltrator is a combination of first-person helicopter simulator and isometric third-person espionage action. You, as Johnny McGibbitts, ace pilot and...

Infiltrator II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), NES (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Jimbo McGibbets is back in the sequel to the original. You play a soldier on a mission to infiltrate the...

Infinite Fart Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

Infinite Fart is a simple game. Your character is running along and you press the space bar to, well, fart....

Windows (2004)

Freshwater Trophies is a licensed fishing simulation from the In-Fisherman magazine. The game brings you fishing with high quality graphics...

PC-98 (1994)

There is no real story in Injū Genmu II: Brain Burst!!; the setting is a certain magical land where three...

Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon is a new generation of the Harvest Moon series. Unlike all previous games the...

PlayStation 2 (2007) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon (Special Edition) is an improvement version of Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon released...

Windows (2000)

Heard of Frisbee Golf? Here's the virtual version from Wizard Works. Substitute a Frisbee-type disc for the clubs and ball,...

Windows (2005), Macintosh (2005) and Browser (2005)

Inokashira Line Simulator 2 is a commuter train simulation of a trip between Eifukuchō and Kugayama on the Keiō Inokashira...

DOS (1997)

Insane Speedway is a management game based on Polish speedway leagues (championship and the first league). The main task of...

Windows (1998)

Insane Speedway 2 is a management game based on Polish speedway leagues (championship and the first league). The main task...

Inside Trader: The Authentic Stock Trading Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

The object of Inside Trader is "to make millions of dollars without being apprehended by the [SEC]." The player starts...

Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

Insulter is a parody of Eliza. Instead of trying to be helpful to the player this chatterbot just tries to...

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

The sequel to Intellivision Lives!, this compilation includes over 30 more emulated Intellivision games, primarily those originally published by Activision...

Windows (2000)

In Interact Play, the player controls a young man who likes stalking young women on train stations, following them, molesting...

Windows (2001)

You are a young man who likes stalking young women on train stations, following them molesting them on the train,...

Windows (1998)

For some time there has been a desperate need for a cricket management game - along the lines of those...

International Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

International Fighters is a collection of aircraft for use with Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.There are...

International Rally Championship Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and PlayStation (1998)

International Rally Championship is a follow up to Europess's previous rally simulation game 'Rally Championship'. International Rally Championship offers 16...

International Rugby Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

The follow-up to Rugby: The World Cup. The game features more options than before, with an icon-driven menu system including...

International Rugby Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Seven-a-side rugby union is brought to life in this budget game. The action is viewed from the side, although kicks...

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