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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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American Conquest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

American Conquest is a realtime-strategy game with masses of enemies and allies - you have to conquer (as the game-title...

American Conquest Anthology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Subtitled "4 Centuries of War," this collection includes these games on separate CDs: American Conquest Fight Back Divided Nation

American Dream DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

American Dream is a managerial simulation which centers around fast food. With a fund of $500,000 the player has to...

NES (1989)

In this casino game, there is a choice of two game modes: "game" and simulation. In the simulation mode, the...

Windows (1998), Windows 3.x (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

The Second Edition release of American Girls Premiere is a standalone update to the game, adding Josefina Montoya to the...

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

The American Girls Premiere puts players in the role of a stage director, allowing them to author, edit and play...

American Gladiators DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), Amiga (1992), NES (1991) and Atari ST (1992)

American Gladiators is licensed from the popular TV show of the same name. It features a series of events testing...

Windows (2010)

American Idol Star Experience is based on the popular TV show American Idol. The game was originally developed as a...

FM Towns (1994)

America Ōdan Ultra Quiz is based on the Japanese TV show of the game name. Like the original show, the...

NES (1991)

This game has two modes: story and tournament. Tournament mode is the simpler one: you compete against seven opponents in...

America's Army: Operations Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

In America's Army: Operations, the player is cast into the role of an ordinary American soldier. They must begin the...

America's Toughest 18 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

America's Toughest 18 is a golf game that instead of offering several real courses, includes the hardest 18 holes on...

Amiga (1992)

This disk from Amiga Power magazine contains playable demo versions of Flair's Trolls and Psygnosis' Combat Air Patrol, but the...

Windows (2012)

Double Fine has a prototyping session called Amnesia Fortnight where the team takes a break on whatever they were working...

Windows (2000)

Amsterdam Schiphol 2000 is a scenery add-on pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 (both standard and professional). The add-on pack...

Windows (2002)

Amsterdam Schiphol 2002 is a scenery add-on pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. It is a slightly upgraded port from...

The Ancient Art of War in the Skies DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

After naval combat, the second sequel to The Ancient Art of War is all about aircraft combat in World War...

Andretti Racing PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

For the first time ever in an arcade racer, take control of either NASCAR or Indy cars and cruise around...

Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Andy Priaulx Crowne Plaza Raceway is a free add-on for Race 07: Official WTCC Game, featuring new powerful BMW 320si...

Angel Graffiti: Anata e no Profile SEGA Saturn Front Cover Also a manual

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

Angel Graffiti is a visual novel romance simulation game for PlayStation, ported a year later to Sega Saturn under the...

Angeln: Deutsche Flüsse und Seen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Angeln: Deutsche Flüsse und Seen is a fishing simulation with simple gameplay mechanics: the player sits in a boat, casts...

PC-98 (1996)

In the miraculous World of Demons, there lived a vampiric count. One day, standing near the statue of the Goddess...

Animal Crossing Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2001) and GameCube (2001)

In Animal Crossing, you arrive at a new town (named by you). You play as one character (who you also...

Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Animal Crossing: City Folk is the Wii incarnation of the Animal Crossing series. As in the previous version, players assume...

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social simulation game. You take on the role as the new mayor in a...

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