User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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ZX Spectrum (1982)

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PC-88 (1982) and FM-7 (1983)

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Night Mission Pinball PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1982), Commodore 64 (1982), Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

Night Mission Pinball is a pinball game simulation. You can change many physical parameters of the machine to suit your...

DOS (1988)

Updated version of the original classic computer pinball game.

Browser (2008)

Night Raveler and the Heartbroken Uruguayans is a browser game about relationships. The player controls The Raveler, a dark figure...

Nile: Passage to Egypt Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

Through an interactive journey on the felucca (Egyptian sail boat) down the Nile you explore the modern and ancient Egypt....

Nintendogs Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Nintendogs lets you take care of virtual pets (dogs, obviously) on your Nintendo DS. You can train your puppies by...

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Nintendogs + Cats is a real-time pet simulator featuring several popular breeds of puppies and kittens. The game allows the...

Browser (2001)

Nissan Sentra's Music Trivia is a 5 Alarm Trivia variant and was featured on Pogo.com as a promotional game with...

DOS (2001)

Noctis is a game that is very similar to Frontier: Elite II and its sequel, but it is also very...

Windows (2005)

NoLimits Fairground Simulation is a simulation of nine fairground rides, e.g. a Ferris wheel and a top spin. The player...

NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2003)

NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulation recreates a true to life and authentic roller coaster simulation. The game allows you to ride...

Nomad DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

A human astronaut was sent by the OESI (the Organization of Earth's Special Intelligences) on an exploration mission. The ship...

Windows (2005)

A chilling program than can more plainly be described as a "murder simulator" than most that have enjoyed that sobriquet,...

No One Can Stop the Farm Pioneer Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Who can stop the farm pioneer? No one can! This game was designed for the VNGN competition and is set...

Windows (2006)

This is an add-on for IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946. It also works with IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles and Pacific Fighters but...

North Atlantic Convoy Raider Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1981), TRS-80 (1980), Commodore PET/CBM (1980) and FM-7 (1982)

It is May 8, 1941 and you are Captain of the mighty German battleship Bismarck the single most powerful ship...

No Surrender: Battle of the Bulge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The 3rd and final follow up to Digital Reality's World War 2 RTS collection. It kicks off with the appearance...

DOS (1990)

In this simulation of the famous TV game show, the questions are asked, and players must find the answers, which...

NRA Gun Club PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

NRA Gun Club is a non-violent, first person shooter. Over 100 licensed firearms are in the game and the game...

N.U.D.E.@: Natural Ultimate Digital Experiment Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2003)

In this game, you meet a robotic girl, named P.A.S.S, and you must teach her how to speak, name things,...

PlayStation 2 (2009)

Tokyo-23 is a land in turmoil. Each of the 23 districts has its own leader hoping to unify Tokyo-23 under...

NUGA-CEL! Nurture Garment Celebration (Genteiban) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009)

This limited-edition release of NUGA-CEL! contains the game along with a 120-page Prologue Novel and a Digital Artbook DVD, packed...

Nukewar Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1980), VIC-20 (1983), TRS-80 (1980), Commodore PET/CBM (1980) and FM-7 (1982)

The time is the late 20th century. You and a neighboring country have developed a nuclear capability. Your neighbor's sole...

Nurse Story PlayStation Front Cover Also a manual

PlayStation (1999)

Nurse Story is a mix of love simulation and visual novel adventure. The protagonist of the story is hospitalized and...

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