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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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Linux (2005), Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2004)

Oolite is an Elite-inspired open-source space trading and combat simulation, with context and story similar to the original Elite. There...

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1995)

Command 40 actors (Live Actors filmed/photographed and put into the game) on over 100 sets with more than 300 props...

Windows (1999)

Opening Weekend: Bear Season is a bear hunting simulator, from the makers of the 3D Hunting series. Using a 3D...

Windows (1999)

Opening Weekend: Big Cat Season is a big cat hunting simulator from the makers of the 3D Hunting series. Using...

Opening Weekend: Deer Season Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

A deer hunting simulator, from the makers of the 3D Hunting series. Using a 3D engine, move around environments in...

Windows (1999)

Opening Weekend: Varmint Season is a varmint hunting simulator, from the makers of the 3D Hunting series. Using a 3D...

Open Sea Fishing: The Simulation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Manage your own open sea fishing company, with missions stretching around the globe. As your company earns money you buy...

OpenTTD Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004), Symbian (2008), Zodiac (2005), Macintosh (2004), Wii (2011), iPhone (2008), Android (2012), iPad (2010), webOS (2011), Acorn 32-bit (2005), GP2X Wiz (2010) and OS/2 (2004)

OpenTTD ("Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe") is a freeware, open-source remake of the traffic simulator from 1995. It greatly expands the...

The Operational Art of War: Century of Warfare Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Century of Warfare can be considered a collection of prior Operational Art of War games. Included are: The Operational Art...

Operation Apocalypse Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Operation Apocalypse is war simulation game based on WWII land operations. There are four separate solitaire scenarios to choose from:...

Operation Barbarossa Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Operation Barbarossa is a mission/campaign add-on for the IL-2 Sturmovik flight simulator. It contains 230 historical missions over the Kuban...

DOS (1998)

Operation Cleaner is a Finnish freeware game exploring a very unique genre of gaming: demolition of buildings. The player is...

Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), NES (1992), MSX (1992), PC-88 (1991), PC-98 (1992), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

The game is an historical simulation of the European and North African theaters of World War II. The game allows...

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Operation Flashpoint is designed as a realistic simulation of the modern army. The game takes place on large islands where...

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Windows Front Cover

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

Skira is a lovely little island in the Pacific Ocean just north of Japan and was always the center of...

Windows (2009)

The Special Edition includes: Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising A real and used army helmet with the game-logo imprinted Coupon for...

Operation Flashpoint: Elite Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2005)

Operation Flashpoint: Elite is a port of the original Operation Flashpoint and its expansion Resistance for Xbox, but adds some...

Operation Flashpoint: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Gold Edition of Operation Flashpoint contains the original game and the Gold Upgrade (including the Red Hammer campaign).

Operation Flashpoint: Gold Upgrade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

For those who have played Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis to death, the gold upgrade adds plenty of new features,...

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Operation Flashpoint: Resistance is the second expansion of Operation Flashpoint. It offers a new campaign on a new island with...

DOS (1992), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983) and Macintosh (1995)

Operation Frog is an educational title where players explore the inner body of a frog. You can choose between a...

Operation Market Garden: Drive on Arnhem, September 1944 Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Operation Market Garden is a recreation of the largest daylight airborne operation in history on September 17, 1944. As commander...

Operation Neptune DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Operation Neptune is a math edutainment title similar to Treasure Mountain, but aimed at older kids. As with other Super...

DOS (1996)

The top-down view game O-Pong plays exactly like an air hockey game. You control a paddle which you use to...

Windows (2005)

In Oppai Slider 2, the player can choose between three different scenarios, each starring a girl in a different role:...

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