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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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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...

Iron Aces Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Iron Aces is fictional World War 2 flight simulator. What that "fictional" means is that great liberties have been taken...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The first Iron Aces game took place using World War II era planes. Iron Aces 2: Birds of Prey ignores...

Iron Aces: Heroes of WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Iron Aces: Heroes of WWII is an action-oriented simulation of being a WWII fighter pilot. Focused on the Eastern conflict...

Iron Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Iron Assault is a "light" simulator of big robots. As in any other mech-sim, game actions take place in a...

Nintendo DS (2008) and Wii (2008)

Players are set up to take on Food Network's Iron Chefs in Kitchen Stadium for culinary supremacy. There are 15...

Iron Front: Liberation 1944 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Iron Front: Liberation 1944 could be described as "ArmA II in World War II". The reason is that the game...

Iron Sky: Invasion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Iron Sky: Invasion is a space action simulation based upon the movie Iron Sky. In the year 1945 a Nazi...

Iron Sky: Invasion - Meteorblitzkrieg Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Meteorblitzkrieg is a DLC for Iron Sky: Invasion. In this game the player changes sides. Now the player controls a...

Iron Sky: Invasion - The Second Fleet Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The Second Fleet is DLC for Iron Sky: Invasion. The Moon Nazis that were defeated in the original game are...

Iron Soldier Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1994)

It is the future, and the earth has been covered with wastelands and cities. The powerful, faceless Iron First Corporation...

Iron Soldier 2 Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1997)

Iron Soldier 2 puts you back in the pilot's seat of a 42 foot tall humanoid war machine. The old...

Iron Soldier 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Nuon (2001)

Iron Soldier 3 once again puts you in the driver's seat of a 42 foot tall killer robot. It is...

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