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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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Lander Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

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Lander Android Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1990) and Android (2011)

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Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

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Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

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Land Sea and Air! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Land Sea and Air! is a compilation from MicroProse that includes previously released versions of M-1 Tank Platoon, Silent Service...

Landwirtschafts Gigant Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Landwirtschafts Gigant is a managerial simulation in which the player takes control over a farm. The basics follow the usual...

Windows (2013)

Landwirtschafts Gigant: AddOn 1 is an add-on for Landwirtschafts Gigant. It does not add new mechanics to the game, just...

Landwirtschafts-Simulator: Gold Add-On Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

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Larry Bond's Harpoon 3: Advanced Naval Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Larry Bond's Harpoon 3: Advanced Naval Warfare (ANW) is an update to the series that simulates naval wargaming, building on...

Larry Bond's Harpoon: Commander's Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Larry Bond's Harpoon - Commanders Edition continues to hold the standard in naval wargaming. Building on the community developed Harpoon...

Larry Bond's Harpoon: Ultimate Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

This edition celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the computer Harpoon series. The two base games included are: Larry Bond's Harpoon...

Laser Surgeon: The Microscopic Mission DOS Front Cover

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

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Last Call! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

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Last Day of Work Complete Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

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Windows (2004)

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The Last Dynasty Windows Front Cover

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

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Windows (2006)

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Browser (2010)

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

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Las Vegas Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

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Las Vegas Blackjack! Odyssey 2 Front Cover

Odyssey 2 (1978)

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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...

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