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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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Pokémon Stadium Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

The Nintendo Pokemon creations make their way to full 3D battles in a recreation of the Pokemon battle sequences seen...

Pokémon Trading Card Game Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1998)

A Gameboy version of the popular card game, in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, your character must collect cards, form...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Poker is a simple gambling game. The player can bet money and is dealt five cards. A pair returns the...

Game Gear (1993)

Poker Face Paul's Blackjack is a card game where the player starts out with a certain amount of money on...

DOS (1992)

Poker Galore is a simulation of the classic Video Poker gambling machines. You have six different variants of Video Poker...

J2ME (2008)

Pokermillion 2009 is a mobile poker game that features a large amount of different poker game types (including rarely-seen stuff...

Poker Night 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013), Xbox 360 (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013), iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

A sequel to Poker Night at the Inventory, it once again thrusts the player into the world of the Inventory...

Poker Night at the Inventory Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Hidden in a back alley lies a secret club, known as The Inventory. Here, assorted video game characters hang out...

Windows (2012)

Poker Rebel is a poker card game simulation. It includes the poker types Texas Hold´em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo and 7...

DOS (1987)

This game is based on a miniature golf course in Rochester, NY. You have two courses to play on, both...

DOS (1992)

Pole is a quiz game, inspired by Russian TV show Capital Show «Pole Chudes» (similar to Wheel of Fortune). The...

Pole Position DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Pole Position is another German sports-business simulation. But you’re not manager of a Soccer team – you manage a Formula...

Windows (2010)

Pole Position 2010: Management Simulation is a managerial simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success...

Pole to Pole Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Pole to Pole is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight....

Pol-Gol! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Pol-Gol! is the successor to the 8-bit soccer management game Trener. The game allows you to choose one of the...

Arcade (2000)

This shooter-on-rails light gun game throws the player into the role of a police office responding to several different incidents...

Police Brutality Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Police Brutality is Jason Rohrer's third game in his series of Game Design Sketchbooks written for the website The Escapist,...

Police Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Police Simulator is a single player resource management game that aims to combine simulation and real-time strategy. The player starts...

The Political Machine 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is your chance to run for president in the 2008 presidential race, set in a turn-based strategy game.Players are...

The Political Machine 2012 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Political Machine 2012 is a strategy game in which the player runs in the 2012 presidential elections of the...

The Political Machine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Have you ever wanted to have a real say in the political system of the United States? Would you like...

Polizei Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Polizei is a simulation about the German police. Players take the role of a team of two control cops: a...

Windows (2008)

Polnyj privod 2. Daurskij marafon is add-on for Polnyj privod 2: HUMMER. Extreme Edition or Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. The...

Windows (2008)

Polnyj privod 2: HUMMER. Extreme Edition is 4x4 Hummer with three major changes If Polnyj privod 2: UAZ is installed,...

Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod 2: Legendarnye vnedorozhniki Rossii. UAZy ehpoxi 1990-x is the fourth cars pack for Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. It...

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