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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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...

Luftwaffe Commander: WWII Combat Flight Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Luftwaffe Commander: WWII Combat Flight Simulator is a flight simulator that allows you to see the second world war from...

Lula Flipper Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Play wild pinball adult style in this game starring Lula from the Wet Attack series. Lula kidnaps you and "forces"...

Lula: The Sexy Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

After holding a bank and shooting guards, your two criminal buddies abandon you out in the middle of the desert,...

Lula Virtual Babe Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Every woman has needs and expectations, and Lula is no exception. She's looking for someone who will care for her...

Lunar Command DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Lunar Command is the updated version of Moonbase, a Lunar Colony Simulator where you have to supply the oxygen, water,...

Windows (2006)

Lunar Explorer is an educational program for space and Moon enthusiasts. The user has the ability to visit any part...

Lunar Explorer: A Space Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Lunar Explorer is a real-time 3D simulation of flight from lunar orbit to moon landing. Using either keyboard or joystick...

Lunar Flight Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

Lunar Flight is a space flight simulation set on Mars and moon-like environments. It is a modern take on the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Lunar Lander is a typical variant of the classic game of the same name. The lunar lander is falling to...

Arcade (1979)

Lunar Lander is based on other variants of Lunar Lander (also known by other names such as LEM), popular on...

DOS (1982)

In Lunar Landing the player gets to take manual control of moon lander capsules, and maneuver them to a safe...

Lunar Pool NES Front Cover

NES (1985), MSX (1985), Wii (2007), PC-88 (1985) and Arcade (1987)

Lunar Ball is a futuristic pool simulation with space age balls and tables. There are 32 different tables set ups...

Luxuria Superbia Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Ouya (2013)

Luxuria Superbia is a game about pleasure and sensuality. The game consists of multiple environments accessed through flowers of different...

Luxury Liner Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Luxury Liner Tycoon is a typical tycoon game where the player manages a cruise ship. As usual with these type...

Lynx Casino Lynx Front Cover

Lynx (1992)

This game is a collection of casino games which are accessed by moving the player around the casino and selecting...

M1 Tank Platoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and PC-98 (1992)

A very encompassing game that allowed players to issue orders to Tanks, AA units, Aircraft, Artillery and Infantry in a...

M1 Tank Platoon II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

M1 Tank Platoon 2 gives the player command of a platoon consisting of four M1A2 Abrams tanks and their crew....

Macadam Bumper DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), Oric (1985) and Thomson TO (1989)

A single classical-style pinball table is provided in this simulation. A table editor is also provided — this allows you...

Macintosh (1986)

This is a sex simulator for the Macintosh. It features an animated monochrome girl that can be "interacted" with. A...

Mac Pro Football Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1986)

An American football coaching simulation, Mac Pro Football's object is to put you down on the grass, pacing the side-line,...

Mad News DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1995)

Mad News is another German business-simulation. You are chief-editor of a boulevard-newspaper. With spectacular stories you try to push your...

Mad TV DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

Mad TV sets you in the role of Arnie (though that can be fixed...), an average guy watching some television...

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