Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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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Panzer Elite Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Panzer Elite is a tank simulation in which you command a platoon of tanks for either the US Army or...

Panzer Elite (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Panzer Elite (Special Edition) is a re-release of Panzer Elite. This version has been slip-streamed with the 1.1 patch and...

Panzer Front PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999) and Dreamcast (1999)

Panzer Front is a realistic World War II tank combat simulation spanning the summer offensive into Russia of 1941 to...

Panzer Front Ausf. B PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Panzer Front Ausf. B is a tank simulation game, in which the player takes control of a squad of tanks...

Panzer Grenadier Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Panzer Grenadier is a solitaire wargame of German armored infantry warfare on the Eastern Front during WW II. You command...

Panzers East! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), TRS-80 (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1984)

Panzers East! is a strategic level solitaire simulation of the German offensive against the Soviet Union which began on June...

Panzer Strike! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Panzer Strike is a tactical level simulation of small unit actions during WWII. Three theatres are covered: the entire Eastern...

ZX Spectrum (1986)

Papa Dance is a trivia quiz game about the Polish pop band Papa Dance. It was originally distributed as part...

Paparazzi PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Paparazzi is a game where you take the role of a photographer who is after great shots of famous models....

Paparazzi!: Tales of Tinseltown DOS Front Cover

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

Paparazzi! is an interactive movie that satirizes Hollywood culture while simulating the experience of being a freelance photojournalist. You're a...

Papers, Please Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Papers Please is a simulation game based on the life of a immigration inspector charged with checking passports at the...

Paradise Island iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Paradise Island is a managerial simulation game: the player is given an uninhabited island in the Caribbean, on which he...

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

The game is an enhanced remake of the original Paraplane for Amstrad CPC.Different stages of player's skills allow you to...

Paris-Dakar MSX Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), MSX (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Paris-Dakar is a rally simulator in which the player controls a wide variety of variables, including the state of the...

Parkan II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

As the pilot of the Parkan, a former anti-pirate patrol cruiser, you are sent 17 years back in time to...

Parkan: The Imperial Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In this first Russian-made space sim, you control the spaceship Parkan, which means boomerang, that has been sent on a...

Browser (2007)

Parking Wars is a social game created to promote the A&E reality television program of the same name. Unlike the...

Park Patrol Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Do you have what it takes to become a park ranger? This game will test you to see if you're...

Parlor! Pro 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Parlor! Pro 2 is the second in a series of pachinko simulator games from Japan. Pachinko is sometimes referred to...

The Partners Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Partners is a Sims-style game offering missions to accomplish. It features more than 100 possible interactions, over 200 on-objects...

Partouche Poker Tour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Partouche Poker Tour is usually the name of a Poker tournament.Here, it's a CD-ROM that will show you how to...

Party Girls PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

If you ever watched any of the games without limits show, this may strike you as if one of them...

Windows (2010)

Passport to Paradise is a time management game based around managing a beach resort. The player has to help the...

PC-98 (1994)

Patlabor: Operation Tokyo Bay is a real-time city-building simulation somewhat similar to SimCity series. The setting is taken from the...

The Patrician 1+2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This digital collection includes: The Patrician Patrician II: Quest for Power

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