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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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Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (1997)

A compilation that has both the original Jane's Combat Simulations: AH-64D Longbow and the expansion disk Flash Point: Korea. In...

Jane's Combat Simulations: USAF Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Jane's Combat Simulations: USAF is a multi-aircraft simulator based on 8 different fighters and bombers of the United States Airforce:...

Jane's Combat Simulations: U.S. Navy Fighters '97 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

U.S. Navy Fighters is the update to the best-selling US Navy Fighters Gold package. This new version runs in WIN9X,...

Jane's Combat Simulations: WWII Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

You get to fly either as an Allied or German pilot during World War II. You'll only get to fly...

Browser (2010)

January is a short interactive experience. The player controls a character walking outside through the snow. Snowflakes float down gradually....

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987) and Atari 8-bit (1987)

Japan Scenery Disk is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC's Flight Simulator II, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 and 2.x. It can...

JASF: Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

JASF is a flight game with story-based missions, accessible physics and flight controls, first or third person camera views, co-op...

Jenny's Fish Shop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Jenny's Fish Shop is a time management game, similar to other Diner Dash clones, but with a few unique twists.Jenny...

Browser (2011)

The famous quiz show makes its way to Facebook in an altered form that simplifies the familiar format and adds...

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...

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