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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 (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)

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

LEGOLAND Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

LEGOLAND is an educational game that shows how to build a good park. You get the job as a park...

LEGO Loco Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In Lego Loco, you build and design a town with lego buildings, and then build railroads to transport the people....

LEGO Rock Band Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

LEGO Rock Band is a blending of Rock Band and LEGO series. Players get to start a band and hire...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

LEM is an alternative version of Lander. Both games are based on Lunar lander. Both Lander and LEM share the...

Le Mans 24 Hours Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (2000)

Take on the LeMans endurance racing challenge! Join one of the 25 factory teams take one of the over 50...

Commodore 64 (1986) and Commodore PET/CBM (1986)

Lemonade puts the player in the role of a child selling lemonade in a little stand. At the start of...

DOS (1999) and Apple II (1979)

Lemonade Stand is a simulation game where players take charge of their own lemonade business in the fictional town of...

Lemonade Tycoon Windows Front Cover Reflexive Arcade release

Windows (2003), BREW (2003), J2ME (2004), Palm OS (2002), Windows Mobile (2002), Symbian (2003) and iPhone (2009)

Lemonade Tycoon is a managerial game inspired by the classic Apple II game, Lemonade Stand. After naming your business, your...

Les Guignols de l'Info: Le Cauchemar de PPD Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Le Cauchemar de PPD is the second game based on the French satiric TV show Les Guignols de l'Info. In...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

When the ice in the Siberian region melts, a worldwide catastrophe occurs and 90% of the earth is submerged under...

Lethal Skies II PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Lethal Skies II is a combat flight simulator which continues the story of the first game adding a powerful, new...

Let's Create! Pottery Android Front Cover

Symbian (2011), Macintosh (2011), Wii (2012), iPhone (2010), Nintendo DSi (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Let's Create! Pottery is a game about ceramics where the player gets to create his own pottery items. It is...

Let's Play: Schools Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Let's Play: Schools is another game in the Let's Play brand. In this game, the player acts as a young...

Let's Play: Shops Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Let's Play: Mums is another game of the Let's Play brand. This Deep Silver's brand gives the possibility to girls...

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...

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