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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Nintendo DS (2008)

My Dress-Up is a fashion game for girls on the NDS. The game is played with the DS on its...

My Farm Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Uncle Bob left an inheritance of a small farm consisting of a single hen and one hundred pennies. Now it...

My Free Farm Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011) and Browser (2009)

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My Horse & Me 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008) and Wii (2008)

My Horse & Me 2 is the sequel to the 2007 equestrian sports and lifestyle video game. The main differences:...

My Little Flufties Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Nintendo DS (2007)

My Little Flufties is a 3D life simulator in the line of Tamagochi. Aimed at children aged 5-9, gamers can...

PC-88 (1985) and FM-7 (1984)

My Lolita is a medical simulation, albeit with the added twisted emphasis on undressing an underage girl. The game consists...

My Make-Up Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

My Make-Up is a cosmetic simulation game designed for girls on the Nintendo DS. The game enables players to create...

My Pet Dragon iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

My Pet Dragon is a game where the player raises, cares for, plays with and dresses up their dragon. It...

My Pet Shop Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

In My Pet Shop, the player takes the role of a young girl who just moved from Gold City to...

My Pet Zombie iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

In My Pet Zombie players must raise and care for their own pet zombies. Zombies are able to play in...

My Pokémon Ranch Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

My Pokémon Ranch allows Pokémon masters of all ages and degrees of obsession to catalog and store their beloved Pokémon...

My Secret Diary Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

My Secret Diary is a password protected journal game for the NDS. It features a diary, contacts book, calendar and...

My Sim Aquarium Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

As the title suggests, My Sim Aquarium is a simulation which lets you design your dream saltwater aquarium, stock it...

MySims Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Wii (2007)

MySims is the first Sims game to appear on the Wii. Unlike any previous version, it has been redesigned for...

MySims Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

In MySims for the Nintendo DS you are the new inhabitant of a boring city, where there is not much...

Nintendo DS (2008)

MySims Kingdom has the same gameplay as the original MySims, but a new setting: medieval times. You have to help...

Mystery Mansion Pinball J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006), iPod Classic (2008) and BlackBerry (2009)

This game contains a single 2D pinball table, Mystery Mansion, with a B-movie atmosphere, shown from a top-down view. It...

My Talking Angela Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014), iPad (2014) and Windows Phone (2014)

My Talking Angela is a pet simulation game from the creators of My Talking Tom. The gameplay consists of taking...

My Talking Tom iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and Windows Phone (2013)

My Talking Tom is a simulation game from the Talking Tom franchise similar to Pou and the Tamagotchi series. The...

Myth of Ambition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Android (2013)

Myth of Ambition is a turn-based strategy game about gang wars in the capital of colonial Korea. The player chooses...

MyTown 2 iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

MyTown 2 is the follow-up to MyTown. Just like the first it is a city builder that is a cross...

My Traffic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

My Traffic is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. The purpose of the add-on is to change aircraft, liveries...

My Virtual Girlfriend iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2010)

My Virtual Girlfriend is an interactive, 3D girl dating game that combines humor and simulated romance.You start out as any...

Genesis (1991)

Satoru Nakajima, the first Japanese driver to race full-time in Formula 1, licensed this racing game which combines arcade and...

Nakajima Satoru Kanshū F-1 Hero GB Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991)

Nakajima Satoru Kanshū F-1 Hero GB is one of the various formula one games endorsed by Satoru Nakajima and published...

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