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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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Harrier Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Is anyone better placed to write a simulation of a Jump Jet than someone who flies them for a living?...

Atari ST (1986) and Macintosh (1985)

Harrier Strike Force is a jet simulation without plot. The game features one island with a gas fuel station, an...

Harukaze Sentai V-Force PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Long ago, civilization flourished on Venus. The environmental protection agency Goa Del maintained the planet. However, in the name of...

Harvest Moon SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996), Wii (2008) and Wii U (2013)

Ever wanted to live life on a farm, with nothing but the sun, the fresh scent of your crops, the...

Harvest Moon 2 GBC Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

Harvest Moon 2 GBC is a farming simulation game and the sequel to Harvest Moon GB. The mayor gives the...

Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

As the customizable hero or heroine, you arrive at Echo Village, where your parents recently offered you the opportunity to...

Harvest Moon 3 GBC Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

After much acclaim for your past farming accomplishments (as part of the previous Harvest Moon titles on GBC), you are...

Harvest Moon 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

In Harvest Moon 64, your objective is to restore a run-down farm that you've inherited from your grandfather, who has...

Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life has the same gameplay as Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. The game is a farming...

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

Take up the tough job of a farmer in this most recent addition to the Harvest Moon franchise. Work through...

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life (Special Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is the second game in the Harvest Moon series to appear on the PS2. It...

Harvest Moon: Back to Nature PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

As a young boy, you visited your grandfather's farm one summer, which was one of the best there was. Now,...

Harvest Moon DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

In this, the first Harvest Moon entry for the DS, you must build and maintain a farm, tending livestock, and...

Harvest Moon DS: Island of Happiness Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness is the fourth installment of the Harvest Moon series on the DS. This version has...

Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and Wii U (2015)

As with previous entries in the series, Harvest Moon tells the story of a young farmer who must build and...

Harvest Moon GB Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998), Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Harvest Moon is a farming simulation where you must build and maintain a farm during the course of a year,...

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley PSP Front Cover

PSP (2010)

Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley, like Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland before it, is a little different from the...

Harvest Moon: Magical Melody Wii Front Cover

GameCube (2005) and Wii (2008)

Harvest Moon: Magical Melody returns to the concept of the original Harvest Moon game, excluding much of the newer features...

Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town Wii U Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and Wii U (2015)

Following in the footsteps of Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, on this occasion you play the part of a...

Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The first Harvest Moon game for the PS2 takes a little deviance from all the other games in the series....

Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

A continuation of the Harvest Moon universe that has the player take control of either a boy or girl main...

Hatsukoi Monogatari TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

An ordinary Japanese student finds a floppy disk on the street; using his computer to load data from it, he...

Browser (1997)

The basic idea behind ​​Hattrick is to manage a football (soccer) team wisely, buying and selling players, setting the squad,...

Hattrick! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1996)

Saturday - half past 3 p.m. Ideal soccer weather for soccer. The stadium is sold out. The fans are singing...

Hattrick! Wins Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Hattrick! Wins is a typical managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of...

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