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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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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006) and Wii (2010)

Order in the court! Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney is back for more defense attorney action! Taking place a year after...

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii (2010)

Phoenix Wright returns in the third game in the Ace Attorney series. However, Phoenix is not the only lawyer that...

Phone Story iPhone Front Cover

Windows (2012), Macintosh (2012), Browser (2012), iPhone (2011) and Android (2011)

Sure, you have a smartphone, but did you know that your fun times are only one small segment of its...

Pia Carrot e Yōkoso!! PC-FX Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1998), PC-FX (1997) and PC-98 (1996)

In Pia Carrot e Yōkoso!!, the player controls Yusuke Kinoshita, a 18-year-old male Japanese high-school student. He intends to have...

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Picture Kingdom is a version of Hamurabi with some simple graphics. The gameplay is completely identical. Like in the original...

Picture Perfect Golf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Picture Perfect Golf is a multimedia golf simulator that uses actual photographs taken from a gazillion different angles to simulate...

ZX81 (1982)

Pilot is a flight simulator of a light civilian aircraft flying at night on instruments only (IFR). It presents the...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Pilot 64 is a flight simulation that allows you to fly the 'Leander' Class 454 30 seat prop plane out...

Pilot Academy PSP Front Cover

PSP (2006)

Pilot Academy is a flight simulator on the PSP which encompasses all eras of flight, ranging from historic WWI fighter...

The Pilot's Toy Box DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

The Pilot's Toy Box is an add on for Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0) and Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.1).This package contains...

Pilotwings SNES Front Cover

SNES (1990), Wii (2009) and Wii U (2013)

Fly a selection of aircraft (including training vehicles, fighter planes and helicopters) through a range of training programs and missions....

Pilotwings 64 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1996)

PilotWings 64 is the update to the original PilotWings for SNES. The gameplay is somewhere between a flight simulation and...

Pilotwings Resort Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Pilotwings Resort is a flight simulation game that takes place on the Wuhu Island already known from Wii Sports Resort...

Browser (2009)

Pimp Your Trolley is a promotional game for Rabbids Go Home.First the player can customise their trolley by adding spoilers,...

Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

eGames' Pinball is a 3D pinball simulation with three tables. 3D acceleration is used for all sorts of realistic effects...

Pinball Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1983)

Pinball is a pinball simulation for one or two players. You begin the game with five balls, and need to...

Dragon 32/64 (1983)

In this simple pinball game, written in BASIC, you have one table. You earn basic points for bouncing on items,...

Pinball PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Play It Pinball is based on the popular American table game of pinball which involves using a pair of flippers...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Pinball is a Dutch pinball game in which up to four players can compete for the highest score. Each player...

Pinball 2000 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

A pinball game with two tables, Rocket and Graveyard. It was derived from an Amiga game by Digital Illusions called...

Pinball Arcade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012), PS Vita (2012), PlayStation 4 (2013) and Ouya (2014)

Pinball Arcade is based on the Pinball Hall of Fame series and includes accurate simulations of pinball tables from Gottlieb,...

Pinball Arcade Season One Bundle PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This bundle contains all of the tables of the first Season of Pinball Arcade, these ones being: Launch Table Pack...

Pinball Arcade Season One Pro Bundle PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

As with the Season One Bundle, this add-on contains all of Pinball Arcade's Season One tables, but it also includes...

Pinball Arcade Season Two Pass PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This bundle contains all of the tables of the second Season of Pinball Arcade, these ones being: Table Pack 11...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 10: Attack from Mars and Genie PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013), Android (2013), iPad (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

This table pack for Pinball Arcade contains two tables: Attack from Mars (Bally, 1995): Designed by Brian Eddy (Medieval Madness,...

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