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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Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012), Macintosh (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is an arcade flight simulator and the successor to Air Conflicts: Secret Wars. Players choose to...

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011), Xbox 360 (2011) and PlayStation 3 (2011)

You are Dee Dee, a skilled female pilot who starts by smuggling whiskey to desperate allied forces and after few...

Air Conflicts: Vietnam - Ultimate Edition PlayStation 4 Front Cover

PlayStation 4 (2014)

This Ultimate Edition is the first release of the game for the PS4. It updates the original Air Conflicts: Vietnam...

Air Control Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

In Air Control, the player performs various activities in and around an airplane. This can include performing flight attendant duties,...

Aircraft Collector's Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Aircraft Collector's Edition is an add on for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, Microsoft Flight Simulator X.The collection contains twenty...

Aircraft PowerPack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Aircraft PowerPack is a compilation of two unofficial add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century...

Air Duel: 80 Years of Dogfighting DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

As the name suggests, this flight simulation gives you a chance to fly most of the famous fighter models from...

Airfield Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Airfield is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 which can also be used in conjunction with Microsoft Flight Simulator...

AirForce Delta Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

As a mercenary jet fighter pilot flying during a middle-eastern conflict of some sort, you'll take to the skies in...

Air Havoc Controller Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994)

Essentially an airport traffic control tower simulator. Your mission here is to manage the aircrafts in Phoenix Sky Harbor International...

Amiga (1992)

A collection of three simulations: 688 Attack Sub F/A-18 Interceptor Indianapolis 500: The Simulation

DOS (1991)

Airline is a managerial simulation in which the player is responsible for a airline corporation. The majority of the game...

Airliner ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1983)

Airliner was written in BASIC (to the point where it's possible to crash it by inputting the wrong type of...

Airliner Pilot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Airliner Pilot is a unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. Begin your pilot career in...

Airlines DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Here you have an typical mid-nineties economic simulation which, you guessed it, simulates a airline company.At the start of the...

Airlines 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Airlines 2 is a strategy game focusing on finance, investment, design, and management of an airline company and its fleet.The...

DOS (1996)

Airline Simulator is a direct descendant of subLOGIC's Airline Transport Pilot, as it's based on the same 'engine'. The avionics...

Airline Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Airline Tycoon is a managerial simulation in which the player is the manager of an airline company. This game features...

Airline Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Airline Tycoon, better known as Airline Tycoon First Class in-game, is an updated re-release of Airline Tycoon. The subtitle was...

Airline Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Airline Tycoon 2 is a traditional economical simulation in the same style of its predecessors: the player manages an airport...

Airline Tycoon Deluxe Linux Front Cover

Linux (2006), Windows (2003), Macintosh (2005), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Airline Tycoon Deluxe is the fourth incarnation in the Airline Tycoon series. It contains all the content from the previous...

Airline Tycoon Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Airline Tycoon Revolution is the second upgraded re-release of Airline Tycoon. The player is the manager of an airline and...

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

Air Management '96 is a sequel/remake to the other games in the Air Management series. Like previous titles, the game...

Amiga (1990)

Aipoirt is a flight controller simulation. The player has to control the whole air traffic of an airport. The normal...

Airport 2000: Volume 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Airport 2000 is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 1998. It greatly improves the visuals of some of the...

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