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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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Nintendo DS (2009)

Little Bears is a bear simulation for the Nintendo DS. The gamer has the choice between polar, brown and black...

Little Computer People Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1985), PC-88 (1987) and PC-98 (1987)

Little Computer People can be described as the "mother" of The Sims. When you load the game for the first...

The Little Crane That Could iPad Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2012), iPad (2011) and Ouya (2013)

The Little Crane That Could is a three-dimensional game where you solve puzzles using an excavator-crane with a hinged pneumatic...

Little Folk of Faery Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In Little Folk of Faery you manage a community of faery creatures whose village is in trouble. Some wistful spirits...

Little Inferno Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Wii U (2012)

Little Inferno is a game about burning objects in a fireplace. It is played from the first-person perspective of a...

Nintendo DS (2009)

The Littlest Pet Shop Friends games on the DS are the second installment of the Littlest Pet Shop games. Bear...

Nintendo DS (2009)

The Littlest Pet Shop Friends games on the DS are the second installment of the Littlest Pet Shop games. Bear...

Nintendo DS (2009)

The Littlest Pet Shop Friends games on the DS are the second installment of the Littlest Pet Shop games. Bear...

Windows 3.x (1994)

Live Action Football is different from usual football simulations. Similar to managerial soccer simulations (e.g. the Championship Manager series) you...

Live for Speed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Live for Speed is an online racing simulator. Its main features are the realistic physics engine and internet multiplayer with...

Windows (2005)

Live for Speed S2 is the second release in the Live for Speed series. Like its predecessor, it is a...

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...

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