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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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Laser Surgeon: The Microscopic Mission DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987) and TRS-80 CoCo (1987)

Laser Surgeon: The Microscopic Mission is an educational game where you are taught (or lose a patient trying...oops) to sharpen...

Last Call! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Mix drinks and serve them up, collect tips, check I.D.'s, shoot the breeze with the customers or blatantly hit on...

Last Day of Work Complete Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This Steam compilation contains the following games developed by Last Day of Work: Fish Tycoon Plant Tycoon Virtual Villagers: The...

Windows (2004)

The Last Days: Decisive Battles over Europe is an unofficial expansion pack for IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles. In this flight...

The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1994)

The Last Dynasty is a hybrid game that casts the player in the role of the space pilot Mel Raauq....

Windows (2006)

"Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada....

Browser (2010)

Last thoughts of the Aurochs is an experimental game about the Aurochs, a type of wild cattle that went extinct...

Commodore 64 (1984), VIC-20 (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1984)

Las Vegas is a simulation of a three reel slot machine. To increase the chances of winning, it is possible...

Las Vegas Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Las Vegas is a simulation of a three reel slot machine. To increase the chances of winning, it is possible...

Las Vegas Blackjack! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1978)

One or two players can play against the computer in this Blackjack game.Each player starts with $1000. After placing their...

OS/2 (1992)

Las Vegas Craps is a gambling game simulating the dice game craps. The player borrows money to begin, then bets...

DOS (1987)

The Las Vegas EGA Casino is a collection of three games that you can find in a casino: Las Vegas...

DOS (1991)

Version 2.0 of The Las Vegas EGA Casino is an updated version of the original. The game now supports music...

Las Vegas Roulette Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1979)

Implements Las Vegas style roulette game. Most of the screen consists of the standard Las Vegas roulette betting table, and...

DOS (1995)

This official scenery add-on for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 5 brings player to the City of Lights and Surrounding Area....

DOS (1987)

Lawn Mower is a text-only action game, in which you play, well, a lawn mower. Of course, this is not...

Lawnmower Racing Mania 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Lawnmower Racing Mania 2007 brings the sport of USLMRA lawnmower racing to video games for the first time, licensed by...

Law & Order: Justice is Served Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

In the third installment of the series based on the famous TV-series your team is investigating the murder of Ukrainian...

Leader Board Par 4 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988)

Golfing simulation compilation pack containing: Leader Board: the original game containing four 18-hole coursesLeader Board Tournament: four new courses with...

Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

Leeds United Champions! is a managerial soccer simulation in which the player takes control of Leeds United, the English champions...

Legend of the River King 2 Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2014)

More fishing adventures on the Game Boy. This time, there are plenty more fish and other river creatures that you...

Legend of the River King GB Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1997), Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2013)

This unique RPG provides a world of fishing as the prime objective.There are two modes of play, The Fish and...

LEGO Creator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

LEGO Creator supplies you with an infinite amount of building blocks. You can build whatever you like in this sandbox...

Windows (2001)

It's another game in LEGO Creator series - this time, you can build castles, siege engines and other medieval things.As...

LEGO Creator & LEGOLand Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Two-game collection containing the games:LEGO Creator and LEGOLAND

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