DescriptionSimulation 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.
A promotional device for the novel Jennifer Government, this game allows a player to enjoy a very lightweight governance simulator...
Nations is a WWII flight sim not unlike Jane's Combat Simulations: WWII Fighters.You can fly vintage aircraft like the Focke...
In Navy Strike you have the chance of either being a pilot and going out on dogfight missions to improve...
Navy Training Exercise: Strike and Retrieve is a first-person shooter designed to build more interest in the United States Navy....
Naxat's first foray into golf games features a full 18-hole course and lots of top professional opponents. You choose your...
A Famicom disk quiz game. Players travel around Japan and take on eight different quiz masters. If the player defeats...
Game Boy (1995)
This handheld version of its console cousins differs in graphics and gameplay. While it does feature the full NBA license...
NBA Shootout 2002 is another iteration of the Shootout series with the obligatory roster change for the 2000-2001 season including...
NCAA-based basketball game. Includes 64 licensed teams (with fake players according to NCAA regulations) and several game modes like exhibition,...
PlayStation 2 (2001)
The follow-up to Final Four 2001 features the obligatory roster updates with over 300 real NCAA teams and 31 conferences...
PlayStation 2 (2002)
Another entry in the March Madness series with the standard updated rosters on over 130 official NCAA teams along with...
This is a special edition release of Need for Speed II which provides improved visuals in comparison to the original...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 97 Alter Ego
- 95 Gran Turismo
- 93 Wing Commander
- 93 Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon
- 93 Real Racing
- 92 World Soccer: Winning Eleven 7 International
- 92 Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
- 92 Slam Tilt
- 92 Rock Band
- 92 Real Racing 2
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 1942: The Pacific Air War Scenario (1995)
- 4.72 Aces: The Complete Collector's Edition (1995)
- 4.61 Air Warrior (1990)
- 4.61 Air Warrior (1992)
- 5.00 A-Train (1995)
- 3.71 A-Train (1990)
- 5.00 Barbie Magical Fashion (2014)
- 5.00 Barbie Magical Fashion (2014)
- 5.00 Bassin's Black Bass (1994)
- 5.00 Best Before (2010)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.