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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Kaiser Deluxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Kaiser Deluxe is a remake of the original C64 game Kaiser. In this managerial-strategy-simulation, you start your career as poor...

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

This is an add-on for SSI's Kampfgruppe featuring one historical mission, Berlin (28 April 1945, designed for Soviet side) and...

Karaoke Revolution PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2004)

Karaoke Revolution allows PlayStation 2 gamers to show off their singing skills and get real-time feedback on their performances. It's...

Karaoke Revolution: Glee Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Karaoke Revolution Glee features 29 songs selected from the Glee series to sing in Karaoke.The game has two special modes...

Karaoke Revolution: Glee - Volume 2 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2011)

A follow-up to Karaoke Revolution: Glee, featuring once again the New Direction glee club of McKinley High-school.Scrap Book mode is...

Karaoke Revolution: Glee - Volume 3 Wii Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011) and Wii (2011)

The third installment of the Karaoke Revolution series based on the TV show Glee. It is the first to be...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Second volume selection of J-Pop's best gives you fifty more songs at your disposal to go wild and sing karaoke...

Karaoke Revolution Party PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005), Xbox (2005) and GameCube (2005)

The Karaoke Revolution continues with this entry which supports the DDR dance pad and EyeToy USB camera as well as...

Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007)

Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol pairs the popular line of Karaoke games with the television series based on a singing...

Karaoke Revolution Presents American Idol Encore Wii Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and Wii (2008)

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore is a sequel to its predecessor. It still has the main basic features, auditioning...

Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 continues the saga of the Karaoke Revolution series with new modes and songs. The Karaoke Revolution...

Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Released shortly after Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 continues the saga of the Karaoke Revolution features new...

Karaoke Studio NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Karaoke Studio is a Karaoke based video game where the player sings along to a selection of songs with the...

Karaoke Studio Senyou Cassette Top Hit 20 Vol. 1 NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Karaoke Studio Senyou Cassette Top Hit 20 Vol. 1 is the first add-on for the Karaoke video game Karaoke Studio,...

NES (1988)

Karaoke Studio Senyou Cassette Top Hit 20 Vol. 2 is the second add-on for the Karaoke video game Karaoke Studio,...

PC-98 (1994)

Karei naru Jinsei 2 is a board/dating simulation game, very similar to its predecessor. As in the first game, players...

PC-98 (1991)

Karei naru Jinsei is a mixture of a board game and a "dating simulation" with adult content. Up to five...

TurboGrafx CD (1992) and Wii (2007)

This installment in the fishing simulation series, of which the few localized games are known under the River King brand,...

Windows (2005)

This is the Russian Collector's Edition of Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars. It includes: Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars Manual Steel canteen...

Kaze no NOTAM - NOTAM of Wind PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Kaze no NOTAM - NOTAM of Wind is a hot air balloon simulator in a fantasy setting. As a hot...

Kaze no Oka Kōen nite PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Kaze no Oka Kōen nite is a visual novel dating simulation adventure game. It is a bit different from regular...

Windows (2001), Macintosh (2001) and Browser (2001)

Keio Line Simulator 2 is a commuter train simulation of a trip between Higashi-Fuchu and Nishi-Chōfu on the Keiō Line....

PC-98 (1994)

When a Japanese game's title includes a word that can be understood as "corporal punishment" (shioki), it's not hard to...

Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball is a baseball simulation featuring Ken Griffey Jr. of the "Nintendo Owned" Seattle...

Kennedy Approach Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

An air traffic control simulator.Guide planes across the screen through the USA, from varying airports. A simple mouse-based game, with...

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