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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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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,...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 1: Medieval Madness and The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

The first table pack for Pinball Arcade contains two tables from Williams: Medieval Madness (1997): take back the kingdom by...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 2: Cirqus Voltaire and FunHouse Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

This second table pack for Pinball Arcade contains two tables: Cirqus Voltaire (Bally, 1997): defeat each and every one of...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 3: Gorgar and Monster Bash Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

The third pack for Pinball Arcade contains two tables from Williams: Gorgar (1979): defeat Gorgar and escape from his lair...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 4: Creature from the Black Lagoon and Black Knight PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

This table pack for Pinball Arcade contains two tables: Creature from the Black Lagoon (Bally, 1992): designed by John Trudeau...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 5: Harley-Davidson Third Edition and Taxi PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

This table pack contains two tables, both themed around vehicles: Harley-Davidson Third Edition (Stern Pinball, 2004): designed by Lonnie D....

PlayStation 3 (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

This table pack contains two tables: Elvira and the Party Monsters (Bally, 1989): designed by Dennis Nordman (Scared Stiff, Dr....

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2013)

This table pack features two tables: Scared Stiff (Bally, 1996): the spiritual successor to Elvira and the Party Monsters, designed...

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2013)

This pack, originally released as the Premium Table Pack 1, contains the following table from Bally: Twilight Zone (1993): designed...

Pinball Arcade Table Pack 9: Star Trek - The Next Generation PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2012), Android (2012), iPad (2012) and PS Vita (2013)

This pack, which was the second Premium Table Pack (after Twilight Zone), contains the following Williams table: Star Trek: The...

Pinball Brain Damage Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1997)

PinballBD is the Amiga's most technically advanced pinball game. Whereas Pinball Illusions first made multiball feasible by switching from lores...

DOS (1996)

Pinball Fantasies Deluxe is a compilation of two previously released Digital Illusions pinball titles:Pinball FantasiesPinball Mania

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