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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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Jet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1986), Macintosh (1989) and PC-98 (1989)

Based on subLOGIC's classic Flight Simulator. Choose either an F-16 Fighting Falcon for land missions or an F-18 Hornet for...

Jet 2.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

The game is a very improved version of SubLOGIC's Jet.Improvements is made for overall speed, flight characteristics, higher precision calculations,...

Windows (2001) and PlayStation (2000)

Jet de GO! is a spin-off from the famous Densha de GO! series by Taito. Instead of trains, this title...

Windows (2002) and PlayStation 2 (2002)

Jet de GO!2 (translated 'Let's go by airliner!2') is an airliner simulation featuring passenger jets of Japan Air Lines (JAL)....

Jet de GO! Pocket PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

Jet de GO! Pocket is the third installment of Taito's flight simulation series for Sony consoles and the first one...

JetFighter 2015 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This is an arcade style simulator, not focusing on real stuff like take-off and landing and the complications of these...

JetFighter: Full Burn DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Somewhere between Jetfighter 3 and 4 came Full Burn, a game that takes a turn towards arcade action over simulation...

JetFighter II: Advanced Tactical Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

War erupts once again along the west coast of America, although this time it is with a drug baron. The...

JetFighter III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

The Jetfighter series returns once again, albeit this time it is released by Mission Studios, a spin-off from Velocity, the...

DOS (1999) and Windows (1999)

A repackaging and enhancement of the popular JetFighter III combat flight simulator game. Includes the original product, the Enhanced Campaign...

JetFighter III Enhanced Campaign CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

New scenery, missions and game features for the JetFighter III Combat Flight Simulator. Adds 5 million square miles and 70...

JetFighter II: Operation Lightning Storm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

An enhancement product for the popular JetFighter II flight simulator that adds 125 new missions as well as the ability...

JetFighter IV: Fortress America Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Defend the USA! Take the high-tech arsenal of F-22 Raptor, F/A-18 Hornet, and F-14 Tomcat against terrorists and invading armies!...

JetFighter: The Adventure DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

Fly the F/A-18, F-16, and F-14 in a hypothetical invasion of the U.S. west coast by the Soviet Union. Missions...

JetFighter V: Homeland Protector Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

While on a routine training mission, you've been suddenly called back to base. It seems that an invasion fleet has...

Jet Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

A software bundle of Novalogic's F-16 Multirole Fighter, MiG-29 Fulcrum, and an updated F-22 Raptor. The patched F-22 allows it...

JETPilot Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1996)

The last commercial flight simulator to be released for the Amiga for at least ten years, JetPilot offered simulation of...

DOS (1982)

Jetset is a text mode 747 flight simulator, possibly the very first made for PC. Its code, in BASIC, was...

Jeux de Casino 3D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Jeux de Casino 3D contains several casino games: roulette, craps, baccarat, super black jack, poker and the slot machine. Depending...

JFK Reloaded Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This interactive reenactment puts the player on the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository building, in Lee Harvey Oswald's...

DOS (1994)

A Jigsaw Puzzle simulation. It includes a lot of puzzles that go by original children's artwork or new designs. All...

Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SNES (1992), Lynx (1993), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Endorsed by famous tennis player, Jimmy Connors, this game offers tournament and single play on multiple court types.Using crosshairs, aim...

Jimmy Houston's Bass Tournament U.S.A. SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995)

A game that simulates the sport of bass fishing. It offers both a practice and a tournament mode. In the...

Windows (1997)

Jimmy Houston's Bass Tournament U.S.A. 97 is a bass fishing game starring professional fisherman Jimmy Houston. The player gets to...

Jimmy White's 2: Cueball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Dreamcast (2000)

Licensed by snooker player Jimmy White, this game is a simulation of not only the British game of snooker, but...

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