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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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Microsoft Train Simulator: German Railroads Volume One: The Seventies - Along the Bigge Lake Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

German Railroads Volume One is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which adds tracks and landscape along the German Finnentrop-Olpe-Betzdorf...

Microsoft Train Simulator: German Railroads Volume Two: Fast Railcars on the Runway Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

German Railroads Volume Two is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which features the rail line in Germany between Munster...

Microsoft Train Simulator: Heidi-Express Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Heidi-Express is an add-on for Microsoft Train Simulator which adds tracks and landscape along the Swiss Alps. The Rhätische Bahn...

Microsoft Train Simulator: Paint Shed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Microsoft Train Simulator: Paint Shed is a cosmetic add-on to Microsoft Train Simulator that allows players to repaint the train...

Microsoft Train Simulator: Regional Add-On Pack: USA and Canada Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

An add-on package for the Microsoft Train Simulator game adds 20 new locomotives and a brand new cab interior that...

Middle Manager of Justice iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

Middle Manager of Justice is a combination of a management simulator and a role-playing game. As the middle manager for...

Midnight in Vegas PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Midnight in Vegas features 7 classic games : Black Jack, Craps, Poker, Video Poker, Roulette, Baccarat and Slot Machine. Depending...

DOS (1989) and Apple II (1989)

"Midway: The Battle that doomed Japan" is a 2D naval simulation. Scenario is the battle of Midway during World War...

MiG-15 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

MiG-15 is an aircraft add-on for Microsoft's Flight Simulator 2004 and Flight Simulator X. The MiG-15 (NATO reporting name "Fagot")...

MiG-21 Interceptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

MiG-21 Interceptor is a commercial add-on for Microsoft's Combat Flight Simulator 2 and Flight Simulator 2002. You can fly three...

MiG-29 Codename: Fulcrum Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

MiG-29 Codename: Fulcrum is an add-on aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of...

MiG-29: Deadly Adversary of Falcon 3.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

MiG-29 packs all the graphics, realism and sophistication of detail that has made Falcon 3.0 so popular. Based on the...

Genesis (1993)

MiG-29: Fighter Pilot is a successor to MiG-29 Fulcrum by Simis; this time the theater of operations is the Middle...

MiG-29 Fulcrum Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Under the advisement of Yuri V. Prikhodko, former Soviet MiG-21 combat pilot, instructor, and MiG-29, MiG-31, Su-27 test pilot, Novalogic...

MiG-29 Fulcrum Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Acorn 32-bit (1991)

The MiG-29 plane, nicknamed Fulcrum by the West, features in this flight simulation, professionally modeled by former British Aerospace flight...

MiG-29M Super Fulcrum DOS Front Cover

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

Taking off from where MiG-29 Fulcrum left off, Simis created a new simulator based around the top-modern MiG-29M. The M...

Mig-29 Soviet Fighter ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1990), NES (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

The closest comparison to this action game would be Afterburner, a game which was overdue a decent home computer re-creation....

Mig Alley Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Mig Alley is simulation from the creator of Flying Corps. Set during the Korean War, it lets you command P-51...

MiG Alley Ace Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

MiG Alley Ace is an action-based simulation of air combat during the Korean War. The titular MiG Alley was the...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read presented a pop music quiz show, which is recreated here with questions from the...

PlayStation (1999)

Milano is a girl who's just moved away from home. With a new home and no money or furniture she...

Windows (2003)

This is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight or can also work with Microsoft Flight...

Military Collection 2008 Windows Front Cover UK

Windows (2008)

This is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX & FS2004.The collection is a set of 14 airplanes/helicopters from WW2...

Military Helicopters Windows Front Cover UK

Windows (2005)

Military Helicopters is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. It...

Military Helicopters 2 Windows Front Cover English

Windows (2009)

Military Helicopters 2 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight....

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