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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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Iron Warriors: T72 - Tank Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

T-72: Balkans on Fire! is a highly realistic Russian tank simulation that takes place in a historical European war zone....

SEGA CD (1994)

Ishii Hisaichi no Daiseikai (Hisaichi Ishii's Great Political World) is a farcical political-themed strategy board game based on the works...

Browser (2013)

Island Burner is a sandbox game that simulates the creation of an island from volcanic eruption. The more you click...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

Those of you who know Jack Charlton from his days as Republic of Ireland football manager may think this game...

Jackpot ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Jackpot is a fruit machine game that simulates the game-play of a fruit machine of the 1980's. It is fully...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Jackpot! is a slot machine simulation. The game has four wheels which. When pressing enter the wheels will turn and...

Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1980), TRS-80 (1980) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Summer, 1942. A squadron of German Fw 190 fighters is scrambling to protect a U-Boat base from incoming Allied air...

Windows (2000)

Jagdverband 44: Screaming Eagles is a mix between action game and flight simulation and takes place during World War II....

SNES (1992)

Jaki Crush is the third game in the Crush Pinball series, with a distinct demon and a horror theme. It...

Jam Sessions Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Jam Sessions is a reworked and localized version of the Japan-only DS title Hiite Utaeru DS Guitar M-06. It is...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Daigasso! Band Brothers DX (Grand Ensemble! Band Brothers DX) is the third entry in the Daigasso! Band. Brothers series. This...

Jane's Combat Simulations: 688(I) Hunter/Killer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Command the 688(Improved)-class submarine. Operate over 12 different stations, and sail over terrain of the entire globe. Let training missions...

Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters is the sequel to USNF. The game uses the same engine as USNF, with...

Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters - Nato Fighters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters - Nato Fighters is an add-on disk for Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters.It...

Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Take the world's most advanced attack helicopter: the AH-64D Longbow, and annihilate your enemies! With the most authentic helicopter flight...

Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow: Flash Point Korea DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Flash Point: Korea is an expansion pack for AH-64D Longbow. It adds ability to sit in the gunner/weapons station, a...

Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow (Limited Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

A "budget" edition of AH-64D Longbow, this version removed the campaign mode, leaving only instant action and historical battles.

Windows (2000)

The Jane's Air Superiority Collection includes three games in one package: Jane's Combat Simulations: Israeli Air Force Jane's Combat Simulations:...

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

A compilation including U.S. Navy Fighters '97, AH-64D Longbow Limited Edition, and Advanced Tactical Fighters.

Jane's Combat Simulations: Attack Squadron Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Jane's Combat Simulations: Attack Squadron is a WWII flight simulator based in the European theater. There are two campaigns: an...

Jane's Combat Simulations: F-15 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Take the F-15E (Strike Eagle) and own the sky! Instant action gives you quick adrenaline fixes, while training missions teaches...

Jane's Combat Simulations: F/A-18 Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

One of Jane's Combat Simulations' last products, F/A-18 pits the player as an American navy pilot, flying on one side...

Jane's Combat Simulations: Fighters Anthology Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A compilation that includes:Jane's Combat Simulations: U.S. Navy Fighters '97 Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced...

Jane's Combat Simulations: Fleet Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Take a US fleet and survive the various encounters with the former Soviet Navy, the Chinese Navy, the Indian Navy,...

Jane's Combat Simulations: Israeli Air Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Jane's Combat Simulations: Israeli Air Force gives the player the chance to join the Israeli Air Force, one of the...

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