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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Kaze no NOTAM  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...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Kenny Dalglish was a hugely successful player for Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland, before becoming the first person to win the...

DOS (1989)

Keno is a simple, no frills adaptation of the popular casino game. You must pick up to fifteen numbers out...

Browser (1999)

Keno is a simulation of the casino game bearing the same title. There are several variations of Keno, but in...

Browser (2008)

KenoPop! is a online game adaptation of keno, a gambling game featured primarily in casinos. The player chooses 10 numbers...

Kerbal Space Program Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Kerbal Space Program is a simulation game in which players build and control their own space-going vessels. From a large...

Kevin Keegan's Player Manager SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Kevin Keegan's Player Manager combines a football management sim with the Kick Off football game. The Kick Off game includes...

Kicker Fussballmanager 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Kicker Fussballmanager 2, similar to its predecessor, is a managerial soccer simulation where the player coaches a team and is...

Windows (2004)

Kicker Manager 2004 is a typical German soccer manager game where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial...

Windows (1998)

Kid Pilot is an educational flight simulator designed for elementary school children. It allows aspiring aviators to take to the...

Kids_ Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Kids_ is a short game that focuses entirely on the narrative. It offers no explanation of the story or the...

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...

Kinetic Connection NES Front Cover

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...

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