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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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PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

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Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol pairs the popular line of Karaoke games with the television series based on a singing...

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PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore is a sequel to its predecessor. It still has the main basic features, auditioning...

Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 continues the saga of the Karaoke Revolution series with new modes and songs. The Karaoke Revolution...

Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Released shortly after Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 continues the saga of the Karaoke Revolution features new...

PC-98 (1994)

Karei naru Jinsei 2 is a board/dating simulation game, very similar to its predecessor. As in the first game, players...

PC-98 (1991)

Karei naru Jinsei is a mixture of a board game and a "dating simulation" with adult content. Up to five...

TurboGrafx CD (1992)

This installment in the fishing simulation series, of which the few localized games are known under the River King brand,...

Windows (2005)

This is the Russian Collector's Edition of Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars. It includes: Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars Manual Steel canteen...

Kaze no NOTAM - NOTAM of Wind PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Kaze no NOTAM - NOTAM of Wind is a hot air balloon simulator in a fantasy setting. As a hot...

Windows (2001), Macintosh (2001) and Browser (2001)

Keio Line Simulator 2 is a commuter train simulation of a trip between Higashi-Fuchu and Nishi-Chōfu on the Keiō Line....

PC-98 (1994)

When a Japanese game's title includes a word that can be understood as "corporal punishment" (shioki), it's not hard to...

Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball is a baseball simulation featuring Ken Griffey Jr. of the "Nintendo Owned" Seattle...

Kennedy Approach Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

An air traffic control simulator.Guide planes across the screen through the USA, from varying airports. A simple mouse-based game, with...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Kenny Dalglish was a hugely successful player for Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland, before becoming the first person to win the...

DOS (1989)

Keno is a simple, no frills adaptation of the popular casino game. You must pick up to fifteen numbers out...

Browser (1999)

Keno is a simulation of the casino game bearing the same title. There are several variations of Keno, but in...

Kevin Keegan's Player Manager SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Kevin Keegan's Player Manager combines a football management sim with the Kick Off football game. The Kick Off game includes...

Kicker Fußballmanager 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Kicker Fußballmanager 2, similar to its predecessor, is a managerial soccer simulation where the player coaches a team and is...

Windows (2004)

Kicker Manager 2004 is a typical German soccer manager game where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial...

Windows (1998)

Kid Pilot is an educational flight simulator designed for elementary school children. It allows aspiring aviators to take to the...

Kids_ Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Kids_ is a short game that focuses entirely on the narrative. It offers no explanation of the story or the...

Kids on Site DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

Remember the days as a kid when you were fascinated with these big machines on the building site? With this...

Killer Flu Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

A flu pandemic is a scary thought—but seasonal flu can be just as bad. This simulation game grants the player...

PC-98 (1995)

Kinbaku no Yakata (meaning "Bondage Mansion") is a sadistic take on the "raising simulation" genre. Two brothers from a decayed...

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