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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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....

Milk Race Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), MSX (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Milk Race involved cycling 1000 miles across Britain, and the game simulates being one of the 84 entrants. The...

Millennia: Altered Destinies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In Millennia you play a human who is snatched from his own space by a race called The Hoods, in...

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

In the game you are starting a session at the U.S. stock market with a beginning net worth equal to...

DOS (1987)

In Release 2 of Millionaire: The Stock Market Simulation, where margin and short sales are added to gameplay, you are...

Million Classic PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999)

Million Classic (ミリオンクラシック) is a simulation game which focuses on breeding and creating the ultimate racing horses. Player starts by...

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Futuristic space bowling simulation, with nuclear balls, lots of power-ups and wacky characters. Robots, aliens and funky courses, and a...

Windows (1999)

Milton Bradley Classic Board Games is a collection of board games licensed by Hasbro. The game is very similar to...

ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Based on the British TV series of the same name, you play dodgy businessman Arthur Daley and your aim is...

DOS (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Macintosh (1984)

Mind Prober asks users questions to rate themselves or other people on a series of 23 adjectives (talkative, pleasure-seeking, etc.),...

Browser (2011)

Minecraft 4k is a stripped down version of Minecraft written for a Java programming contest to make a game within...

Minecraft Classic Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Minecraft Classic (originally just Minecraft) was the initial version of Minecraft. It was renamed to Classic when the developer decided...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2011), iPad (2011) and Windows Phone (2014)

This Pocket Edition is the mobile version of Minecraft. Just like the original game it offers a sandbox-like environment where...

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