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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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Genesis (1993)

Menghuan Shuiguo Pan: 777 Casino is a casino simulator where you choose whether you are a boy or girl and...

Men of War: Red Tide Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Men of War: Red Tide is a stand-alone expansion to Men of War and focuses on less well-known World War...

Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing is a truck racing game based on the BreakNeck engine, with the Mercedes license behind it. Test...

Mercenary Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Due to an engine malfunction, your spaceship crashes on the planet Targ. Unlike your trusty vessel, you survive the crash...

Mercenary: Compendium Edition Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

A compilation of Paul Woakes's 3D exploration and flight game, and the Second City expansion pack. For some systems this...

Mercenary: Escape from Targ - The Second City Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Mercenary: The Second City is an expansion disk for Mercenary, which features the same gameplay and controls.Following the successes over...

Mercenary III: The Dion Crisis Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The Dion Crisis is the third part of the Mercenary trilogy, following on from where Damocles left off. You once...

Merchant Colony DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Merchant Colony is more ambitious in scope than its title suggests. You are charged with the development of not just...

PC-98 (1994)

Mercurius Pretty is a "raising simulation" game, similar in concept to Princess Maker games, but without their RPG elements (exploration,...

Merlin Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In this game you fly the Royal Navy Merlin helicopter, within the environment of the Navy's training simulation. The action...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Metal Angel is a managerial simulation game that takes place in the futuristic society of 2014, where battles between fighters...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

The follow-up to Metal Angel is, like its predecessor, a managerial simulation in which the player character trains young girls...

Metal Head SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1994)

It has been five years after the formation of the Worldwide Federation. Although war has been averted, terrorist cells around...

Metaltech: Battledrome DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Command giant HERCs in head-to-head combat over network / modem or against the computer. The two-player aspect of this game...

Metaltech: EarthSiege DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Command heavily-armed HERCs against relentless automated Cybrids (Cyborg Hybrids; intelligent creatures designed by mankind, who rebelled against us) in this...

Metaltech: EarthSiege - Expansion Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The attack on Earth by the Cybrids has been repelled and humanity is starting to rebuild. But a second wave...

Metaltech: EarthSiege Speech Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This expansion disk comes on 3.5 floppys and adds digitized speech like the voices of your commander or your fellow...

Metaplace Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Metaplace was a massively multi-player online project assembled around one central tool: a quite complex virtual world builder written in...

Metroid Prime Pinball Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

In this pinball game based on Metroid Prime, Samus gets knocked and rolled around the table in Morph Ball form;...

Metropolismania PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Metropolismania is a city building game with a Japanese anime style. The goal is to grow a town to a...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Metropolismania 2 is the sequel to Metropolismania and uses the same city-building concept of the original game.The player's job is...

Metropolis Street Racer Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

Enter a new age of driving, a new form of thinking and feeling, and totally immerse yourself in the most...

Metro Rules of Conduct Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Metro Rules of Conduct is a simulation of the Stockholm Metro, in which the player is put into an awkward...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Miami Dice is a computer version of the casino classic Craps. Here two dice are thrown and people bet on...

Miami Nights: Singles in the City J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006) and BlackBerry (2009)

Miami Nights: Singles in the City, the sequel to New York Nights: Success in the City, sets the life simulation...

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