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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PlayStation (1998)

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M: Kimi wo Tsutaete PlayStation Front Cover Also a manual

PlayStation (1996)

M is a love/dating simulation game. The game immediately starts by asking you a series of questions to determine your...

PlayStation (2001)

MLB 2002 was the fifth entry in Sony's MLB franchise with the standard set-up as the previous versions. A 3-D...

PlayStation (1997)

One of the earliest in Sony's MLB franchise, MLB 98 features the standard set of many baseball games. It has...

MLB Front Office Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Xbox 360 (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

MLB Front Office Manager is a managerial simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of...

Mobil 1 Rally Championship Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (2000)

This is the third rally simulation from Magnetic Fields and Europress (now renamed Actualize). This is a very realistic and...

Linux (2001) and Windows (1999)

Visually very similar to the Sim City series, Mobility also allows the player to control and dictate the growth of...

Mob Rule Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2013)

A city building game similar in nature to SimCity but with elements of a real time strategy thrown in to...

Moderngroove: Ministry of Sound Edition PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Moderngroove: Ministry of Sound Edition is 5 hours of brand-new electronica music from Europe's leading DJs along with thousands of...

Atari 2600 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Mogul Maniac is a 1st-person perspective (although you can see your ski's) skiing game where the objective is to get...

Molehill Empire Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

William Willowbough, a well-respected and experienced garden gnome, bought himself a brand-new computer with fast internet access, and while surfing...

Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999) and Nintendo 64 (1999)

The sequel to F1 Racing Simulation recreates the 1997 season, featuring 17 authentic tracks, 11 teams and cars with their...

Money Bags:  Beat the Gnome of Zurich DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

Money Bags is a game of international finance. You're given $1 million and a year of game time to try...

NES (1988)

The Money Game gives the player a chance to try their luck at making money by investing in the stock...

Monkey Money Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Press the button and spin those wheels for fun and money. You might have as much fun as a barrel...

Monkey Money 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

The monkey is back and, this time, he has a tuxedo.Monkey Money 2 is a simulation of a slot, fruit...

Monopoly Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2000)

In this interpretation of the world's most successful board game, each piece has special voice acting, as does your host,...

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2001)

Won so much money in Monopoly and need to spend it somewhere? Try Monopoly Casino from Hasbro. 133 different slot...

Monopoly Slots Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Monopoly Slots is a slot machine game with five reels and fifteen paylines. The goal is to win tokens by...

Monster Fair Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Half a century ago, an alien spacecraft crashed on Earth. The UFO crew tried to repair their ship, but mankind...

Monster Garage Xbox Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Based on the TV show, this game takes various shows and lets you make the vehicle that was made on...

Monster Loves You! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2014)

Monster Loves You is an interactive fiction with graphics life simulator, where the player lives the life of a monster...

Monster Rancher PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Monster Rancher (Monster Farm in Japan), is a "monster raising" simulation in which you raise your monsters in order to...

Monster Rancher 3 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Monster raising and creature contests move into the 128-bit generation as the popular Tecmo series sets up shop on the...

Monster Rancher 4 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Raise monsters to explore and battle in this PS2 monster raising sim from Tecmo. This game improves upon previous installments...

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