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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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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...

Jumpgate: The Reconstruction Initiative Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is a massively-multiplayer space simulator where you get to join one of three factions and participate in The Reconstruction...

Jump Jet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

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Jurassic Park III: Park Builder Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001)

If you've ever wanted to create your own Dinosaur theme park like in the original movie, Jurassic Park, then this...

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis puts you in the shoes of a Dr. Hammond-type scientist, and challenges you to build a...

Atari ST (1991)

Just Another War in Space is a real-time strategy game in which the player participates in a space war. There...

DOS (1993)

Command a fearsome dreadnought and fight for control of the North and South Atlantic as either the German Imperial Fleet...

DOS (1994)

Player is put in command of a MBT (main battle tank) in Desert Storm operation started in January 1991. There...

Ka-50 Hokum DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In this game you are a commander of a Base Ship cruising around Indonesia and a pilot of four helicopters...

Ka-52 Team Alligator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

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Windows (2009)

In Kabloom, play as an elephant trying to bring life back to a dying island by planting, watering and growing...

Kaiser Deluxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Kaiser Deluxe is a remake of the original C64 game Kaiser. In this managerial-strategy-simulation, you start your career as poor...

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

This is an add-on for SSI's Kampfgruppe featuring one historical mission, Berlin (28 April 1945, designed for Soviet side) and...

Karaoke Revolution PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2004)

Karaoke Revolution allows PlayStation 2 gamers to show off their singing skills and get real-time feedback on their performances. It's...

Karaoke Revolution: Glee Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Karaoke Revolution Glee features 29 songs selected from the Glee series to sing in Karaoke.The game has two special modes...

Karaoke Revolution: Glee - Volume 2 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

A follow-up to Karaoke Revolution: Glee, featuring once again the New Direction glee club of McKinley High-school.Scrap Book mode is...

Karaoke Revolution: Glee - Volume 3 Wii Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and Wii (2011)

The third installment of the Karaoke Revolution series based on the TV show Glee. It is the first to be...

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