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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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Let's Ride! Championship Dreams Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Let's Ride! Championship Dreams is a simulation game based around breeding horses. The player own a horse ranch, there the...

Let's Ride! Friends Forever Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Let's Ride! Friends Forever is the PC adaptation of the GBA and Nintendo DS game by the same name. It...

Lets Ride!: Friends Forever Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2007) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Best Friends – My Horse gives you the unique opportunity to raise a foal in your own stable. You will...

Let's Tap Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Let's Tap is a rhythm/party game designed by Yuji Naka featuring a variety of mini-games played by tapping one's hands...

Browser (2011)

This strange little simulator casts the player as the monotheistic God of the Abrahamic peoples, sitting at His Macintosh Classic...

LHX: Attack Chopper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Genesis (1992)

LHX: Attack Chopper is a helicopter simulation with a strong arcade focus. You can freely choose which missions to fly...

Linux (2004) and Windows (2004)

In this satire of American political strife, the player is cast as a revolutionary liberal operating out of one city,...

Liberation Day Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Liberation Day is the sequel to Interactive Magic's previous release Fallen Haven. A tactical combat game with strategic management elements...

Windows 3.x (1991)

In the early '90s, the general public had been fed a great deal of propaganda about the fierceness of Saddam...

Windows (2003)

Liero Xtreme is an online multiplayer game based on the original game called Liero. It is also similar to Worms...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Life is a simulation of Conway's Game of Life. They player can draw his or her own patterns and watch...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Life is a simulation of Conway's Game of Life. They player can draw his or her own patterns and watch...

Atari 8-bit (1988)

Life is a simulator of living cell development. The task of the player is to arrange a proper initial pattern...

Life & Death DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Apple IIgs (1989), Macintosh (1988), PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

Life & Death is a game which casts you as a doctor in a hospital. Your job is to diagnose...

Life & Death II: The Brain DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and FM Towns (1992)

The Brain follows the same premise as its predecessor Life & Death, wherein the player controls an up-and-coming surgeon who...

DOS (1989)

This game, offered in Big Blue Disk #28, is a simple implementation of John Conway's Game of Life, a mathematical...

LifeSigns: Surgical Unit Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

LifeSigns is similar to Trauma Center medical games, but focuses more on the story and character development, almost like a...

Lightspeed DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

In the future, the Earth is a wasteland, unable to sustain human life any longer. Mankind's only hope is to...

Line Rider Symbian Front Cover

J2ME (2007), Symbian (2007) and Browser (2006)

Some penguins slide down icy slopes on their bellies -- Bosh the penguin prefers to ride a toboggan down. The...

Line Rider 2: Unbound Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Nintendo DS (2008) and Wii (2008)

Based off of the original flash game, this version is revamped for the home consoles with colorful graphics. Once again...

DOS (1990)

Cobra Mark IV multi-purpose General Contact Vehicle is an astonishing stellar vehicle. It's got beam lasers mounted up front and...

Linger in Shadows PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2008)

Linger in Shadows is an unusual PSN release. It is a commercial demo meant to showcase the work of the...

Links: 5-Course Library - Volume 1 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

This bundle of Links Championship Courses brings you 5 highly realistic reproductions of the world's finest golf courses. To use...

Links: 5-Course Library - Volume 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

This bundle of Links Championship Courses brings you 5 highly realistic reproductions of the world's finest golf courses. To use...

Links: 5-Course Library - Volume 3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1999), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

This bundle of Links Championship Courses brings you 5 highly realistic reproductions of the world's finest golf courses. To use...

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