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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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Living Ball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1994)

The three daughters of the river, mistresses of all destinies, stole the six elements of life responsible for the ecological...

LMA Manager 2001 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

LMA Manager 2001 is the second game in the LMA Manager series of football management games. The main game involves...

LMA Manager 2002 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation (2001) and PlayStation 2 (2002)

LMA 2002 is the third in the Playstation football management series, and also the first to be released for Playstation...

LMA Manager 2005 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

The 2005 edition of the LMA Manager franchise allows players to manage a soccer club from any of the top...

LMA Manager 2006 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

LMA Manager 2006 adds further detail to the soccer management series, with more players, more clubs and more playable leagues...

J2ME (2006)

LMA Manager 2006 is the first mobile edition in the LMA Manager series. The game is much like its console...

LMA Manager 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox 360 (2006)

LMA Manager 2007 is a soccer management game in the LMA Manager series. Like its predecessors, the game allows players...

J2ME (2006)

LMA Manager 2007 is the second mobile game in the LMA Manager series. Like its predecessor and console counterpart, the...

J2ME (2008)

LMA Manager 2008 is another mobile game in the LMA Manager series. Like its predecessors and console counterparts, the player...

Lock-on: Flaming Cliffs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Flaming Cliffs is an expansion to the game Lock On: Modern Air Combat. It was developed independently by the Eagle...

Lock On Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Lock On Gold is a package that contains two of Eagle Dynamic's flight simulators: Lock On: Modern Air Combat (version...

Lock On: Modern Air Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Lock On: Modern Air Combat is the first true modern hardcore flight simulator since the days of Falcon 4.0 and...

Windows (2010)

Lock On: Platinum is an air combat aircraft simulator bundle which is made up of two earlier releases: Lock On:...

Windows (2006)

Loco Mania is a train simulator game. The game features twelve different maps that are progressively unlocked during play. The...

Loony Labyrinth Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

In 1893, an English archaeologist called Sir Evangel finds a strange stone in a London antiquary. The galopetra ("milk stone")...

Lords of Football: Super Training Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Super Training is a downloadable content (DLC) for Lords of Football, which features: Sixteen new super training exercises. Higher intensity...

Lost Dutchman Mine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Lost Dutchman Mine is a simulation game that casts the player in the role of a gold miner in the...

Windows (2005)

In Lost Dutchman Mine 3D the player takes on the role of Fred Homestake. When he was young he found...

The Lost Tribe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Apple IIgs (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

In The Lost Tribe you get to go back in time and lead a prehistoric tribe to a new homeland....

Lots -o- $lot$ DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This is an add-on game program for use with one of the following Capstone games: Trump Castle: The Ultimate Casino...

Lotus Challenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2001), Xbox (2003) and GameCube (2004)

First game of new millennium to be officially licensed by Group Lotus Plc. A British company famous for their racing...

Windows (2007)

Grim reapers, the carriers of death, exist in our world. One of them, known as 10555 ("Sango"), has lost his...

Windows (2008)

The protagonist of the game wakes up in a house, suffering from an almost complete amnesia. All he remembers is...

Windows (2009)

Haruyoshi Sakurai is a young boy who has lost both his parents. He now lives together with his aunt Sachiko,...

Windows (2010)

Yuu Hinata is a young boy who is endowed with the gift of predicting the future. One day he prevents...

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