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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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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...

International Soccer Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

International Soccer Challenge is loosely a sequel to MicroProse Soccer and it has many similarities to the original, including the...

Interstate '76: Nitro Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Nitro Pack is an expansion to Interstate '76, featuring special missions for Taurus, Jade, and even Skeeter! It also adds...

DOS (1993)

Inter-Stellar Wars is a single player, shareware, DOS, space trading and empire building game.The story behind this game is that...

In the Chips Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1984) and VIC-20 (1983)

A business simulator which puts you in control of a Silicon Valley software firm: you've invested $100,000 in cash in...

DOS (1989)

The game takes place during the First Intifada, and casts the player as an Israeli soldier who has to stop...

DOS (1994)

Pentti-Antero Sillanköykäys has been severely disabled for his whole life. After his 27th birthday he starts seeing prophetic dreams which...

Windows (1996)

Go inside the labs of Thomas Edison, Alexander Grahm Bell and James Watt. Explore their inventions and experiment on your...

Inve$t DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Big Business, stripped down to the bare essentials: Make lots of money in this turn-based management simulation by buying companies...

Inwestor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Inwestor is a simulation of the Polish stock exchange and it deals with the ins and outs of investing in...

iPanzer'44 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

It's 1944, the final months of world war 2 and you are in command of a tank division. With the...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

IQ Panic is a quiz game with a background story. A demon has kidnapped a girl from a peaceful village,...

Windows (2008)

iRacing is one of those products which is more simulation than game - in this case of car races. All...

Iridion II Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003)

This sequel to Iridion 3D is different in gameplay, but twice as much action. Piloting in Kiloblaster Style mechanics from...

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