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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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PC-98 (1996)

Coco is a young princess in a magical kingdom, which has a tradition of shape-shifting magic. Her father, the king,...

Windows (2001)

Majestic is an espionage thriller which must be downloaded over the Internet, casting you as the central figure in a...

Making History: The Calm & The Storm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Making History: The Calm & The Storm is a turn-based grand strategy World War 2 game. It places the player...

Making History: The Calm & The Storm (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This Gold Edition includes: Making History: The Calm & The Storm Game editor A new Rise of the Reich scenario...

CD-i (1995)

Making the Grade is a simulation game that puts the player in the position of a general manager of BP...

Malkari Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Malkari is a 4X (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) space strategy game in the tradition of Reach for the Stars and...

Mall Maniacs Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Mall Maniacs is an advertising tie-in shopping game with four game modes: The main game mode (where you need to...

Mall Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Users young and old alike will contend with annoying mall creatures such as litterbugs and hooligans! Construct your mall in...

Mall Tycoon 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In this third entry in the Mall Tycoon series, you will once again be running a mall. Place stores, attract...

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

Malta Storm is an simulation of the battle for the Mediterranean that took place between December 1941 and August 1942....

The Manager DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1992)

The Manager is a variant of Bundesliga Manager Professional. It has the same gameplay and visuals, but features the English...

Manchester United Amiga Front Cover

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

A football management simulation with an arcade component where you manage the world's most famous football team. Lead them through...

Manchester United Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and Acorn 32-bit (1991)

Play your favourite team as they make their way through the European Football championships. You can either select your team...

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Manchester United Manager 2005 is a special edition of LMA Manager 2005. It includes the full game, with additional Manchester...

Manchester United Premier League Champions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

After Manchester United won the English League championship for the first time since 1967, it was no surprise that Krisalis...

Manchester United: The Double DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1995)

Krisalis’ fourth licensed Manchester United game – the title refers to their success in winning both the Premier League and...

Mandragora Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Evergreen Lands have been abused and neglected for ages. Something must be done. The gods of the land have...

Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

Man vs. Wild is inspired by the survival television series of the same name. The player takes on the role...

Windows (1995)

Go was invented in China between 2,500 and 4,000 years ago. This game lets you learn and play this ancient...

Windows (2005)

Marathon Manager is a management simulation in which the player gets to coach a marathon runner. It is up to...

Marco Polo DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and CD-i (1994)

Marco Polo is a business simulation game. You act as Marco Polo, the young Venetian merchant, and travel in Asia....

Marie BabySitter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Marie Baby-Sitter is a life simulation game where the player acts a baby-sitter who must take care of kids between...

Marine Fighters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

An expansion disk for US Navy Fighters, adds VSTOL aircraft such as the Harrier and Yak-141, plus the carriers that...

Marine Park Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2012)

Marine park Empire is a game in Enlight's Empire series. The game bears similarities with Zoo Empire in that you...

Marine World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Marine World is an add-on for Wildlife Park 2. The main innovations of the game are extended options for the...

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