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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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Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

Strategy based war game set in the future "where wars are fought in virtual reality". What this means is that...

Atari ST (1989)

Air Traffic Controller is a one player game written in ST-Pascal for high resolution where you take on the role...

DOS (1985) and Browser (2004)

In this simulation the player takes on the role of an air traffic controller and safely guides the airplanes to...

Apple II (1980)

This simulation puts you in the role of an air traffic controller in charge of an 15x25 mile airspace (with...

DOS (1983)

Air Trax is an air traffic control tower simulation game very very similar to Air Traffic Controller. This is an...

Air Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1991), CDTV (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Air Warrior is an online multiplayer flight simulator. The flight line comes with a stable of 17 WW II era...

Air Warrior II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Sequel to the first online multiplayer flight simulator, the legendary Air Warrior. The premise of the game is to offer...

Air Warrior III Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Air Warrior III starts by giving you more of what the series has already. For starters, it includes all of...

Airwolf NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

In this game based on the TV show, you command a military helicopter on a mission to rescue hostages. The...

NES (1993)

In Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi, you need the help of Ai Sensei ("Love Teacher") in order to...

A.IV. Evolution PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994)

A.IV. Evolution is an updated console-only port of Take the A-Train IV, the fourth main entry in Artdink's long-running railroad...

PlayStation (1994)

This is a special limited-edition release of A.IV. Evolution packaged in an oversize box. It includes the game itself, an...

A Kingdom for Keflings Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Xbox 360 (2008)

A Kingdom for Keflings allows you to take control of a settlement of Keflings and turn it into a fully...

PC-98 (1996)

The protagonist of this game is a young man from a rich family, who has lost his parents when he...

PC-FX (1997)

In Albarea no Otome you play one of the three girls who were summoned to the castle of the Queen...

MSX (1986), PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986), Sharp X1 (1986), FM-7 (1986) and PC-6001 (1986)

Albatross is a top view golf game that consists of an 18 holes course. You can select your own clubs...

DOS (1995)

Albert Lasser's Clearing House is a simulation of the the equity market and the international trading floor. The player controls...

Alexander Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Alexander is an RTS based on the movie of the same same, and the real-life Alexander the Great. The game...

Browser (2000)

Ali Baba Slots is a slot machine simulator with an Arabian theme. Like typical slot machines, the game features three...

Alice Greenfingers Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Alice Greenfingers is a light sim garden growing game. You start the game on an empty field with just a...

Alice Greenfingers 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Alice Greenfingers 2 is the second game in the Alice Greenfingers series of light sim games. As in the first...

Alien Crush Returns Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Alien Crush Returns is a modern-day update to the classic TurboGrafx-16 title Alien Crush. It is a downloadable WiiWare-exclusive title,...

Alien Zone Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Aliens burst onto your desktop and fill your reels with radioactive feature power!Alien Zone is a simulation of a slot,...

A Line in the Sand DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

A Line the Sand is a conversion of the board war game by TSR of the same name.It depicts a...

All-American College Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

All-American College Football is a football simulator allowing the player to coach a college football team. The game is officially...

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