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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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Browser (2012)

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Kids on Site DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and SEGA CD (1994)

Remember the days as a kid when you were fascinated with these big machines on the building site? With this...

Killer Flu Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

A flu pandemic is a scary thought—but seasonal flu can be just as bad. This simulation game grants the player...

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2014), Browser (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Join Kim Kardashian at photo shoots, meet and greets and on the red carpet on your way to Hollywood stardom....

PC-98 (1995)

Kinbaku no Yakata (meaning "Bondage Mansion") is a sadistic take on the "raising simulation" genre. Two brothers from a decayed...

Kinect: Disneyland Adventures Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011)

Kinect Disneyland Adventures allows players to visit the attractions at the real theme park using the Kinect interface. Instead of...

Kinectimals Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

Kinectimals is one of the launch titles for Microsoft's hands-free controller, the Kinect sensor. The game falls in line a...

Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012)

Kinect Star Wars is a game based on the Star Wars license and entirely controlled through Microsoft's Kinect peripheral that...

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1986) and MSX (1986)

In Kinetic Connection you are presented with an array of blocks on one of 16 MicroKinema (levels), which are split...

Commodore PET/CBM (1977)

Kingdom is a conversion of the game Hamurabi. Like in the original the game is played in turns and each...

TurboGrafx-16 (1990)

King of Casino is a casino simulation and offers five different games to win/lose some electronic money with: poker, slot...

King of the Road Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

King of the Road is an improved version of Hard Truck 2. The game simulates the life of long-haul truckers,...

Genesis (1992)

King Salmon: The Big Catch is a fishing competition simulator: a player has to spend a day fishing for king...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

King's Legacy is a building / simulation game where the player builds a medieval kingdom and cares for the people...

King's Table: The Legend of Ragnarok DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

A version of an old Norse board game called King's Table. The game has black and white teams, like chess,...

Kira Kira Pop Princess Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Pinky Street: Kira Kira Music Hour is a music/rhythm game where you control a dancing girl by tapping your stylus...

PlayStation (2000)

Kisha de GO! is part of the Densha de GO! series by Taito.This game let's you drive steam locomotives through...

Genesis (1993) and PC-98 (1994)

Kishi Densetsu (Soldier Legend) is a tactical simulation game where the player commands a German Nazi SS tank corp during...

Windows (2006)

Kittens is a game aimed at children, there is a companion game, Puppies which, apart from the animal involved, is...

Browser (2014)

Picking up in the same vein of A Dark Room, this game opens with the player, an anonymous kitten, being...

Atari ST (1995)

The task of the game is to successfully manage six toilet lots and earn more money than your competition. You...

Knights and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom Windows Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (1998), Amiga (2002) and Macintosh (2001)

Knights & Merchants is a game very similar to Settlers II, and that's not really a coincidence, as they were...

Knights of Honor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Knights of Honor brings together many genres. Although the game is mainly a real-time strategy game, it offers much more...

Knights of the Desert: The North African Campaign of 1941-43 Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and TRS-80 (1983)

Knights of the Desert is the operational level simulation of Rommel's famous North African Campaign of WWII. The game begins...

Knights of the Sky DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and PC-98 (1993)

Knights of the Sky is a World War I flight combat sim where you pilot one of 20 different aircraft...

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