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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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Apache Air Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Apache Air Assault is a helicopter flight simulation. The player takes control of an AH-64 combat helicopter and fulfills a...

Windows (2004)

Apache Longbow Assault is a helicopter simulator for the AH-64 Apache Longbow variant and the follow-up to AH-64 Apache Air...

DOS (1997) and Windows (2000)

APLC32 is an add-on used with the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. This software takes adventure source code generated by flight...

Apollo 18: Mission to the Moon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1987)

Apollo 18: Mission to the Moon simulates a fictional mission to the Moon in the early 1980's, following on from...

Apollo 18: The Moon Missions Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Apollo 18: The Moon Missions is an attempt at creating a realistic simulation of manning an Apollo space trip. The...

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

It's seven years after the events seen in Trials and Tribulations, and Phoenix Wright has shouted his last "Objection!". Taking...

NES (1987)

A heavily modified port of Little Computer People, Apple Town Monogatari is an early life simulator. It stars a randomly...

Amiga (1995)

Approach Trainer is based on A320 Airbus (Edition USA), but focuses on starting and landing the plane. This version uses...

Aqua Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A compilation of the games: My Sim Aquarium My Ocean Sim Rock'em Sock'em Fish Aqua Garden Aqua Real 3D

AquaNox Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this sequel to Archimedean Dynasty, the player once again controls Emerald "Dead-Eye" Flint, the hero from the first game....

AquaNox 2: Revelation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

It is the 27th century, and humanity has fled the surface of the Earth, plagued by radioactivity, into the depths...

Aquarium Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (1998), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Theme Aquarium is a simulation where the player has to build and manage a sea life centre. This includes buying...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Aquarium by DS is a fish tank simulation in which the player can choose from 30 different underwater animals. Additionally,...

A Question of Sport Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

This is the game of the long running BBC quiz show of the same name. Two teams of three battle...

Arcadecraft Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2013)

Arcadecraft is an economic simulation in which the player takes over and manages an arcade from 1980 to 1986. The...

Arcade Fruit Machine DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992), Commodore 64 (1990), Atari 8-bit (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Simulation of slot machine. Player throws several coins in the slot and begins his career. During the improvement of his...

Arcade Pool DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994), Amiga CD32 (1994) and BlackBerry (2013)

Arcade Pool is an overhead viewed pool game designed to be easy to control. The game includes the most standard...

Amiga (1995)

Using the game engine from Arcade Pool, Team 17 recreate the more complex game of snooker. The viewpoint is still...

Windows (2008)

ARCA Sim Racing ‘08 is a stock-car racing simulator which simulates the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX season.The game is based on...

Archimedean Dynasty DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

In the future, resources became increasingly scarce, leading to continuous wars between various countries on Earth. The surface of the...

Arcticfox DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and PC-98 (1988)

In 2005, aliens have taken over Antarctica. You are sent in to combat them with the new super tank, the...

NES (1991), MSX (1989), PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1987), Sharp X1 (1986) and FM-7 (1985)

A Ressha de Ikou is the first in the long-running transport network simulation series mostly known as A-Train.The player controls...

Genesis (1992)

A Ressha de Ikou MD is a real-time railroad simulation game, and part of the A-Train series from Artdink. Based...

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is based off the Fox TV game show of the same name and...

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Step into the hit FOX TV show and match your wits against 5th grade school children. Answer questions taken from...

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