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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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Xbox 360 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Game Time is the follow-up to Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?: Make the Grade and it is based...

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?: Make the Grade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and PlayStation 2 (2008)

Similar to the earlier game, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Make the Grade is a simulation of the...

ArmA: Armed Assault (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This Gold Edition contains: ArmA: Combat Operations (base game) ArmA: Queen's Gambit (expansion pack)

ArmA: Combat Operations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

ArmA: Combat Operations is a direct descendant of Operation Flashpoint, but the name is no longer used as Codemasters holds...

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

The game is another entry in a row of historic wargames by Dr. Peter Turcan. This time it is focusing...

ArmA II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

ArmA II is, as its predecessor ArmA: Combat Operations a military shooter with a high focus on realism. The game...

ArmA II: Combined Operations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

A compilation of the games: ArmA II ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead

ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

ArmA II: Operation Arrowhead is the first add-on to ArmA II. It either runs stand-alone or can be integrated into...

ArmA: Queen's Gambit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

ArmA: Queen's Gambit is an expansion pack to ArmA: Combat Operations. It requires the original game to play and adds...

Windows (2000)

In this Post-apocalyptic war setting, you must guide your forces through hordes of well-armed enemies using many different weapons of...

Armored Fist DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Armored Fist offers realistic armored warfare in numerous tactical theaters. The player can choose from an extensive line-up of modern-day...

Armored Fist 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Based on the same engine as Comanche 3, Novalogic once again delivered a tank simulator using their VoxelSpace technology. Armored...

Armored Patrol TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1981)

Essentially the first home computer version of the Atari coin-op game Battlezone, Armored Patrol is a 3-D tank battle simulation....

Armour-Geddon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

In Armour-Geddon, a power crazed entity is developing a devastating energy beam to wipe out all unprotected life on Earth....

Armour-Geddon 2: Codename Hellfire Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1994)

Sequel to the previous 3D combat/strategy game from Psygnosis, in Armour-Geddon 2 your challenge is to defend the survivors of...

Around the World in 80 Flights Windows Front Cover UK

Windows (2008)

Around the World in 80 Flights is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. This...

Ars Regendi: The Art of Politics Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Ars Regendi is a browser-based political game that lets the players take the reigns of their own, realistically simulated state....

Nintendo DS (2007)

Arthur and the Invisibles is an officially licensed game for the French film of the same name (Arthur et les...

Ascii Sector DOS Front Cover

Linux (2008), DOS (2007), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Ascii Sector is a free-roaming, space-faring, sci-fi RPG game, focusing on combat and trading. As its early title suggest, it...

Ashes of Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

The Confederation of Syndicalist Republics is the setting for this strategy and combat game. Much like the similar looking USSR...

Asphalt: Urban GT N-Gage Front Cover

N-Gage (2004) and Nintendo DS (2004)

Race through modern city streets in licensed model automobiles in this high-tech racing game that can be played solo or...

Astraware Casino iPhone Front Cover

Palm OS (2007), Windows Mobile (2007), Symbian (2009), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2010) and webOS (2010)

Astraware Casino is a collection of 11 casino games. The player is able to build up winnings and souvenirs. Winnings...

Astronōka PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Astronōka is a farming simulation game. Creatures from a remote star system cultivate vegetables in a futuristic environment. The player...

ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Lead the secret war on illegal drugs in South America! Wage war against drug barons with advanced weaponry such as...

ATARI TwinPack: X-Com Enforcer and Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This compilation out of the ATARI TwinPack series includes the games:X-Com Enforcer Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos

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