Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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DOS (1996)

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NASCAR Racing 2002 Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

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NASCAR Revolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

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Windows (1999)

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NASCAR SimRacing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

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NASCAR Thunder 2002 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and Xbox (2001)

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NASCAR Thunder 2003 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

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NASCAR Track Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

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NationStates Browser Front Cover

Browser (2002)

A promotional device for the novel Jennifer Government, this game allows a player to enjoy a very lightweight governance simulator...

Nations: WWII Fighter Command Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Nations is a WWII flight sim not unlike Jane's Combat Simulations: WWII Fighters.You can fly vintage aircraft like the Focke...

Navcom 6: The Persian Gulf Defense DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Commanding a Naval Cruiser, you must work to protect the waters in the Persian Gulf. There are three missions to...

Navy Strike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

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Windows (2005)

Navy Training Exercise: Strike and Retrieve is a first-person shooter designed to build more interest in the United States Navy....

TurboGrafx-16 (1989)

Naxat's first foray into golf games features a full 18-hole course and lots of top professional opponents. You choose your...

NES (1987)

A Famicom disk quiz game. Players travel around Japan and take on eight different quiz masters. If the player defeats...

NBA 2K10 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

The next release in the NBA 2K series, NBA 2K10 expands previous game modes, brings roster updates, and adds a...

NBA 2K10: Draft Combine Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

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NBA Jam 99 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998) and Game Boy Color (1999)

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NBA Live 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and GameCube (2002)

The 2003 version of the NBA simulator has improved graphics in relation to the previous installments and features like detailed...

Game Boy (1995)

This handheld version of its console cousins differs in graphics and gameplay. While it does feature the full NBA license...

NBA Shootout 2002 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

NBA Shootout 2002 is another iteration of the Shootout series with the obligatory roster change for the 2000-2001 season including...

NCAA Championship Basketball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

NCAA-based basketball game. Includes 64 licensed teams (with fake players according to NCAA regulations) and several game modes like exhibition,...

NCAA Final Four 2001 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and PlayStation 2 (2000)

The continuation of 989 Sports long running NCAA basketball franchise and the first for the PS2, once again returns with...

NCAA Final Four 2002 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The follow-up to Final Four 2001 features the obligatory roster updates with over 300 real NCAA teams and 31 conferences...

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