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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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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...

DOS (1988)

LOVEDOS is a simulated DOS prompt puzzle-like 'joke' program where your computer has suddenly become obsessively infatuated with you. The...

Love, Fashion & Friends Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Element Girls is a Lifestyle Application for teenage girls. It includes an organizer, as well as fun and tips for...

Lovely Kitty Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Lovely Kitty is a dress-up game involving a white kitten. Basically your friend has gone out of town and left...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Love Songs is a dating simulation and adventure game with a setting in high-school. You are an unnamed high-school student...

Lowrider PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Lowrider is a digital recreation of one of the US' most popular automotive subcultures, in which classic cars are lowered...

PlayStation (1998) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Inspired by a "dream journal" written by Hiroko Nishikawa, LSD is basically a simulation-based game themed around dreams and nightmares....

LTV-Erie Mining Company Railroad Trainset Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

LTV-Erie Mining Company Railroad Trainset is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator.The mining company operated in Minnesota, USA between the...

Atari ST (1990)

Lucky 7 is a four wheel fruit machine simulator written in STOS.Unlike many other fruit machine simulators the player may...

DOS (1993)

The game is a compilation of several Casino games with ability to play a Single Game, win a Tournament, or...

Ludo Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Ludo Park is a serious game for business simulation focused in management and entrepreneurship. The player controls a stand in...

Windows (2000)

Lufthansa Pilots is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. The content is a campaign...

Windows (2001)

Luftwaffe Collection is an add on that can be used with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Microsoft Flight Simulator 98, or...

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