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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Airport 2000: Volume 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Airport 2000 is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 1998. It greatly improves the visuals of some of the...

Airport 2000: Volume 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The second Airport 2000 volume is an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 in which different airports get a graphic...

Windows (2000)

Airport 2000: Volume 3, like its two predecessors is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. It adds updated...

Airport Amsterdam Linux Front Cover

Linux (2012), Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Airport Amsterdam is an add-on for the flight simulator X-Plane 10 Global. This add-on is a detailed scenery expansion for...

Airport Control Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Airport Control Simulator tasks the player with guiding airplanes safely to the landing zones at different airports around the world....

Airport Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Manage an entire airport! You are in charge of designing an airport from a big stretch of land. Place runways,...

Airport Tycoon 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Airport Tycoon 2 is a 3D management simulation in which the player runs an airport, and manages all the headaches...

Airport Tycoon 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

You start with a plot of land. From there, you create your airport, including runways, terminals, restaurants, and even retail...

Air Power: Battle in the Skies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Air Power: Battle in the Skies is set in a fantasy world in which humanity lives on one big continent....

Windows (2001)

Air Power: The Cold War is an add-on for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series, Microsoft Flight Simulator 98...

Air Ranger: Rescue Helicopter PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Air Ranger Rescue is a single player game in which the player pilots a rescue helicopter.There are three helicopters to...

Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

Strategy based war game set in the future "where wars are fought in virtual reality". What this means is that...

DOS (1988)

Air Traffic Control is a shareware, single player, simulation based on Chicago's Midway Airport.Planes must be guided through the Chicago...

Atari ST (1989)

Air Traffic Controller is a one player game written in ST-Pascal for high resolution where you take on the role...

DOS (1985) and Browser (2004)

In this simulation the player takes on the role of an air traffic controller and safely guides the airplanes to...

Apple II (1980)

This simulation puts you in the role of an air traffic controller in charge of an 15x25 mile airspace (with...

Air Traffic Control Rome ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (2014)

Take control of air traffic over central Italy's sky. Place up to eight flights and guide them to a safe...

DOS (1983)

Air Trax is an air traffic control tower simulation game very very similar to Air Traffic Controller. This is an...

Air Warrior DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1991), CDTV (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Air Warrior is an online multiplayer flight simulator. The flight line comes with a stable of 17 WW II era...

Air Warrior II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Sequel to the first online multiplayer flight simulator, the legendary Air Warrior. The premise of the game is to offer...

Air Warrior III Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Air Warrior III starts by giving you more of what the series has already. For starters, it includes all of...

Airwolf NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

In this game based on the TV show, you command a military helicopter on a mission to rescue hostages. The...

NES (1993)

In Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi, you need the help of Ai Sensei ("Love Teacher") in order to...

A.IV. Evolution PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1994)

A.IV. Evolution is an updated console-only port of Take the A-Train IV, the fourth main entry in Artdink's long-running railroad...

PlayStation (1994)

This is a special limited-edition release of A.IV. Evolution packaged in an oversize box. It includes the game itself, an...

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