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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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Playboy: The Mansion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005), PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2005)

Live the life of Hugh Hefner in this "Virtual Hef" simulation.As a young Hugh Hefner, it is the player's goal...

Playboy: The Mansion - Private Party Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Playboy the Mansion: Private Party is an expansion for Playboy: The Mansion a game based off the Playboy Magazine in...

Player Manager 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1995)

Player Manager 2 sets you as an international-standard soccer player who's stepped into being a player-manager at a lower-division side....

PlayMaker Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1989)

PlayMaker Football is a top-down simulation of American football . It is made out of three primary sections - The...

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

PlayMaker Football unites three distinct modules into one game program. First, there is the Team Draft to "build" the team...

OS/2 (1996)

PMLIFE is an implementation of Conway's Game of Life for the OS/2 Presentation Manager. The Game of Life is a...

Pocket God iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), Android (2010) and Windows Phone (2010)

Pocket God is a God game in which the player can play with an unlimited supply of Pygmies, a race...

Pocket Planes Android Front Cover

Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Pocket Planes is a business simulation game where the player assumes control of a small airline transporting passengers and cargo...

Pocket Potions iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Pocket Potions is a business simulation game where the player has inherited a famous potion shop from their Fairy Godmother....

Pogo Sticker Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

Pogo Sticker is an unusual platformer, best described as "jump'n'run without the running". You'll have to cross the levels with...

DOS (1991)

Point of Attack is a wargame set in the Middle East, featuring a set of scenarios which depict actual and...

Points of Entry: An Immigration Challenge Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

In this educational newsgame presented in the editorial section of the New York Times website, players assume the role of...

Pokédex 3D Pro Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

A follow-up to the original Pokédex 3D, Pokédex 3D Pro has all Pokémon from Generations I through V programmed in....

Game Boy Color (2001)

Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR! is the sequel to Pokémon Trading Card Game. The game expands on the...

Pokémon Channel GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

In Pokémon Channel, you along with a wild Pikachu are test viewers for a new pokémon television channel. As the...

Pokémon Snap Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999) and Wii (2007)

As Todd Snap, an aspiring Pokémon photographer, you must travel through different environment types in order to photograph as many...

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...

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