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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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Windows (2011)

Jinkō Gakuen is a simulation game similar in concept to Artificial Girl games, though with a noticeably more complex gameplay....

Windows (2004)

Jinkō Shōjo 2 is a "dating sim" game, in which the player's goal is to successfully seduce a young girl...

Windows (2008)

Jinkō Shōjo 3 is a simulation game that allows players to create and customize 3D models of young women and...

Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Hokuto no Ken is one of the many titles in Sammy's long-running Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshōhō pachi-slot simulation series, this one...

Genesis (1993)

J.League Champion Soccer is a modified version of World Trophy Soccer featuring an official J.League license and all ten 1993...

J.League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurō! 5 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

J.League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurō! 5 is part of Sega's long-running football management sim, updated to the end of...

Job Factory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Job Factory is an unofficial add-on to the original version of The Sims.This package allows the player to create their...

Joe Montana's NFL Football SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

This enhanced version of the Joe Montana series features 3D models and even full-motion video of Joe Montana himself. It...

Windows (2006)

John Deere: American Builder Deluxe is a 3D construction economic simulator with 18 scenarios, 5 kinds of workers, 6 kinds...

John Deere: American Farmer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

John Deere: American Farmer is a simulation about owning and operating a farm, featuring the John Deere brand license. Starting...

John Deere: North American Farmer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

John Deere: North American Farmer is the sequel to the farming simulation, John Deere: American Farmer. Like most sequels, there...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

The first and only Madden game to appear on the TurboGrafx, it features the standard game modes such as exhibition...

Windows (1998)

In Johnny Herbert's Grand Prix Championship 1998, the goal is to win the drivers championship and become the World Champion...

Joint Strike Fighter - JSF Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In the game, you are the pilot of one of the two playable multi-role stealth aircraft, the Lockheed X-35 or...

Jonah Barrington's Squash Commodore 64 Front Cover

PC Booter (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

For many years this was the only squash game in existence, and it's licensed by one of the top stars...

Jones in the Fast Lane DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Jones in the Fast Lane is a simulation of a person's life, presented as a turn-based strategy game. You can...

Jones in the Fast Lane: CD-ROM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Windows 3.x (1992)

Functionally identical to the original Jones in the Fast Lane, but delivered on a CDROM and containing the following enhancements:DOS...

FM Towns (1993)

Joshi Kōsei Shōjo Hatsunetsu is an erotic game with digitized pictures of Japanese models posing as schoolgirls. The game consists...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Joust is jousting game in which two players must joust it out on horses. Players can control the location of...

Atari 8-bit (1982)

Jumbo Jet Pilot is a flight simulator game, showing how to manoeuvre a massive passenger aircraft - Boeing 747 200B....

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (2006) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Jumbo Lander is a game similar to Lunar Lander, except instead of successfully landing on the moon the player must...

OS/2 (1993)

JumpEm is an implementation of peg solitaire. The game board is cross shaped, initially containing 45 holes, all but the...

Jumpers for Goalposts Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In Jumpers for Goalposts the player takes the role of an aspiring footballer with the goal of earning as much...

Jumpers for Goalposts 2 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Like its predecessor, Jumpers for Goalposts 2 is all about taking an aspiring footballer from the grass root level to...

Jumpers for Goalposts 3 Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Jumpers for Goalposts 3 lets the player take control of an promising 18 year old footballer who plays at the...

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