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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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Game Gear (1996)

Pet Club: Neko Daisuki is game in Tamagotchi style. The player takes care of a small newborn kitten. He can...

PC-98 (1993)

Neko Mamma EX is a collection of four small games, unrelated by genre, story, or theme - with the exception...

Neo Geo Pocket (1998) and Neo Geo Pocket Color (1999)

Neo Cherry Master (or Real Casino Series: Neo Cherry Master) is a fruit machine/"one-armed bandit" simulator. Simple - spin the...

J2ME (2006)

Neopets Mobile is not a standalone game, but an extension of the online community neopets.com, where you can create or...

Windows (2006)

netKAR Pro is a racing game with a strong focus on realism. The player uses on of the five cars...

Netliga Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

A Massive Multi-player Online Game on which you take the role of a football (soccer) manager and compete against other...

NetMech DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1997)

With NetMech - an add-on for MechWarrior 2 - you can now have up to eight MechWarriors battle for ultimate...

Linux (1994), Windows (1996), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (2006)

Netrek is essentially a "Star Trek" themed multiplayer "team Spacewar", where 2 teams of up to 8 players each command...

Apple II (1980)

This simulation invites players to experience the thrills and frustrations of being the head of Television Programming for a major...

New Horizons DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1994), Genesis (1994), SEGA Saturn (1997), Wii (2009), PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1993), Sharp X68000 (1993) and Wii U (2013)

In the first Uncharted Waters game, it was the 15th century and the New World was discovered. Now in New...

Windows (1997)

Newly weds is a Korean-made life simulation game similar to Princess Maker series, but focusing exclusively on the life of...

Windows (2003)

New Star Soccer is the first instalment in the New Star Soccer series. In the game players take control of...

Windows (2004)

New Star Soccer 2 is the second instalment in the New Star Soccer series. In the game players take control...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

New Star Soccer 4 is the fourth instalment in the New Star Soccer series. In the game players take control...

DOS (1982)

This is another clone of "Star Trek" strategy, as many others, but maybe this is oldest of them. You have...

Windows (2000)

New Vegas Games is a package of eleven casino games (if the name didn't already give that away). It contains...

New York Nights: Success in the City J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2005)

New York Nights: Success in the City is Gameloft's take on The Sims with lifestyle elements from The Urbz thrown...

SEGA Saturn (1997)

In a country named Herb Land, several princes are preparing to the great competition, in the end of which one...

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...

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