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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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Windows (2000)

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J2ME (2005)

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SEGA Saturn (1997)

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Nexus: The Jupiter Incident Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

At the dawn of the 22nd century, the solar system was being controlled by huge corporations. One of these corporations...

NFL Coaches Club Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

NFL Coaches Club Football is an American football simulation, the first in a short-lived series from MicroProse.The game features the...

NFL Hall of Fame Football CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1994)

NFL Hall of Fame Football takes the player on a virtual tour of the NFL Hall of Fame located in...

NFL Head Coach Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006) and Xbox (2006)

Taking a detour from its traditional football games, Electronic Art presents its first 3-D NFL strategy game, NFL Head Coach,...

NFL Head Coach 09 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

NFL Head Coach 09 is the sequel to NFL Head Coach released back in 2006. It once again gives the...

CD-i (1995)

NFL Instant Replay doesn't have the player take control of either NFL players, owners or coaches, instead the player will...

NFL Pro League Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Macintosh (1990)

NFL Pro League Football is a football simulation which allows the player to manage a football team. In the league...

NFL Quarterback Club SEGA 32X Front Cover

SEGA 32X (1995)

One of the earliest in the NFL Quarterback series, this version features the standard game modes such as Exhibition, Season,...

Game Boy (1993)

NFL Quarterback Club is not the standard football game. Instead of competing in actual games, the player chooses from 13...

Game Boy (1995) and Game Gear (1995)

The handheld version of NFL Quarterback Club 96 differs from it's console versions not only in terms of graphics, but...

SEGA CD (1993)

NFL's Greatest is an FMV football coaching simulation featuring two of the most popular teams in NFL history: the San...

NHL 97 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1996), Genesis (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

1997 edition of EA's NHL sport simulation series. Improvements in this edition come mostly in the graphical arena, with a...

NHL All-Star Hockey '95 Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1995)

NHL All-Star Hockey '95 is the standard hockey game complete with an NHL and NHLPA license complete with all 26...

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005's database features over 20 playable leagues, with more than 3000 teams and in excess of...

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

The 2007 version of the series improves over the 2005 game with a new 2D game simulation and expanded tactical...

NHRA Drag Racing 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

An officially licensed simulation of NHRA top fuel and funny car drag racing. It includes the entire 25 event NHRA...

NHRA Drag Racing Main Event Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

An officially licensed simulation of NHRA top fuel, funny car, Pro Stock car, and truck drag racing. It includes the...

Nick Faldo's Championship Golf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Commodore 64 (1992) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

Arc Developments created a 3D game world called Reality3 for this simulation, licensed around one of Britain's top players. There...

Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Nigel Mansell's first licensed computer game recreates all 16 Formula 1 circuits of the time, viewed from behind the car...

Nightclub Story iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Nightclub Story is a simulation game in which the player opens and manages a nightclub. In the beginning of the...

Atari ST (1986)

Night Crawlers is a game for one to four players who has to guide their worms so that they get...

Nightflite ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Full flight simulation was offered in this innovative early release. Landing at night (so as to keep the graphics simple...

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