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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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Parkan: The Imperial Chronicles Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

In this first Russian-made space sim, you control the spaceship Parkan, which means boomerang, that has been sent on a...

Browser (2007)

Parking Wars is a social game created to promote the A&E reality television program of the same name. Unlike the...

Park Patrol Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Do you have what it takes to become a park ranger? This game will test you to see if you're...

Parlor! Pro 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Parlor! Pro 2 is the second in a series of pachinko simulator games from Japan. Pachinko is sometimes referred to...

The Partners Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Partners is a Sims-style game offering missions to accomplish. It features more than 100 possible interactions, over 200 on-objects...

Partouche Poker Tour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Partouche Poker Tour is usually the name of a Poker tournament.Here, it's a CD-ROM that will show you how to...

Party Girls PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

If you ever watched any of the games without limits show, this may strike you as if one of them...

Windows (2010)

Passport to Paradise is a time management game based around managing a beach resort. The player has to help the...

PC-98 (1994)

Patlabor: Operation Tokyo Bay is a real-time city-building simulation somewhat similar to SimCity series. The setting is taken from the...

The Patrician 1+2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This digital collection includes: The Patrician Patrician II: Quest for Power

Patrician III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Join the Hanseatic League - a group of daring traders banded together to trade with foreign lands and become a...

Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2014)

Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade is a managerial simulation set in the Hanse region. During the late middle ages the...

Patrician IV: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This compilation of Patrician IV contains the main game Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade itself, as well as the add-on...

Patrician IV: Rise of a Dynasty Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Patrician IV: Rise of a Dynasty is an add-on for Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade. The two main additions are...

The Patrician DOS Front Cover

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

The Patrician is set in medieval times, focusing on the trading efforts of the Hanseatic League. You (and up to...

Patrizier II: Aufschwung der Hanse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Patrizier II: Aufschwung der Hanse is an expansion to the original Patrician II: Quest for Power game. The content is...

Patrizier II (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This compilation includes: Patrician 2: Quest for Power Patrizier 2: Aufschwung der Hanse (Add-On)

Patrizier IV (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The Limited Edition includes: Patrician IV Patrizier II (Gold Edition) Two exclusive ingame-items (a ship and a building) Two-sided poster...

Paws & Claws: Best Friends - Dogs & Cats Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Game Boy Advance (2006) and Nintendo DS (2007)

Best Friends – Cats & Dogs: Can this be real? Sure, because this is a pet care game where puppies...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2007)

In Paws & Claws Pet Vet, you are a veterinarian who has to build up his own animal clinic. You...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

In "My Pet Vet" you have to open your own vet practice, and decide on upgrades of buildings or which...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet - Australian Adventure Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

You can manage your own vet practice with many different types of animal in the Australian outback which are relying...

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet - Australian Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

As a pet vet down under, you have to take care of a wild life station in the Australian outback....

Paws & Claws: Pet Vet - Healing Hands Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

An expanded remake of the first game, Healing Hands once again puts the player into the shoes of a new...

MSX (1985)

In this driving game you control a freelance Japanese lorry driver. Who is responsible for his own freight and only...

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