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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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Patrizier II: Aufschwung der Hanse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Patrizier II: Aufschwung der Hanse is an expansion to the original Patrician II: Quest for Power game. The content is...

Patrizier II (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This compilation includes: Patrician 2: Quest for Power Patrizier 2: Aufschwung der Hanse (Add-On)

Patrizier IV (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The Limited Edition includes: Patrician IV Patrizier II (Gold Edition) Two exclusive ingame-items (a ship and a building) Two-sided poster...

Paws & Claws: Best Friends - Dogs & Cats Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Best Friends – Cats & Dogs: Can this be real? Sure, because this is a pet care game where puppies...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2007)

In Paws & Claws Pet Vet, you are a veterinarian who has to build up his own animal clinic. You...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In "My Pet Vet" you have to open your own vet practice, and decide on upgrades of buildings or which...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet - Australian Adventure Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

You can manage your own vet practice with many different types of animal in the Australian outback which are relying...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet - Australian Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

As a pet vet down under, you have to take care of a wild life station in the Australian outback....

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet - Healing Hands Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

An expanded remake of the first game, Healing Hands once again puts the player into the shoes of a new...

MSX (1985)

In this driving game you control a freelance Japanese lorry driver. Who is responsible for his own freight and only...

DOS (1994)

PC Basket 2.0 is the sequel to PC Basket. This is a managerial game that allows you to take part...

DOS (1995)

"PC Basket 3.0" is the third instalment of the "PC Basket" saga, a series of inexpensive managerial / basketball simulators...

PC Basket 6.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

PC Basket 6.0 is the sequel to the fourth edition of this saga (there was no PC Basket 5.0) and...

PC Calciatori 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

PC Calciatori 2004 is the first soccer title published by the Panini Group representing the latest evolution in football management...

Windows (2004)

PC Calciatori 2005 immerses players in aspects of coaching and managing a football team offering more football players, leagues and...

PC Fútbol 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

One of the latest versions on this series.This version introduced more features like "Euromanager" and merchandising, as well like restaurants,...

PC Fútbol 2001 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

PC Fútbol combines both Football Management and an Arcade simulation. The game includes 3D Match-on-line, a multiplayer game mode playable...

PC Fútbol 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

PC Fútbol is a football (called soccer in USA) managerial game that let you pick your favourite team and take...

PC Fútbol 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

After the bankruptcy of the legendary Dinamic Multimedia, PC Fútbol saga was interrupted for 4 years. But Gaelco recovers the...

PC Fútbol 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This is the 3rd year of the mythical and renewed saga by Gaelco Multimedia.PC Fútbol is a football managerial game...

PC Fútbol 3.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

PC Fútbol 3.0 is the sequel to PC Fútbol (already acknowledged by Dinamic as PC Fútbol 2.0). It includes an...

PC Fútbol 4.0 DOS Front Cover disk version

DOS (1995)

The fourth edition of PC Fútbol is dated for the 1995/1996 league.The game is an managerial simulator where you have...

PC Fútbol 5.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Since we already have two entries for titles on this series (Pc Futbol 6 and Pc Futbol 7) and I...

PC Fútbol 6.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Another soccer manager with a simulation. In this case you could play in the spanish league ( 1ª division, 2ª...

PC Fútbol 7 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The new edition of the same game PCFutbol 6. In this version you could play in more leagues (5: English,...

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