User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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Windows (2007)

The Special Edition of Pferd & Pony: Best Friends - Mein Pferd includes the following bonus features: An editor for...

Pferd & Pony: Lass uns reiten 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This game is a horse riding simulation adventure in which you can take care of your own horse. Take it...

Pferd & Pony: Lass uns reiten 2 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

Pferd & Pony: Lass uns reiten 2 is a kids-compatible riding and horse keeping simulation where all the game play...

Pferd & Pony: Mein Gestüt Game Boy Advance Front Cover

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

Take the role of a stablehand and take care of the horses of your guests or breed new, strong horses....

PGA European Tour DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Game Boy (1995), SNES (1996), Genesis (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1995)

European Tour is best thought of as a remake of the original game, rather than a sequel as such. It...

PGA Tour Golf 486 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is 1994's incarnation of the long running PGA Tour series, this time the additions come mostly on the technical...

PGA Tour Golf III Genesis Front Cover

Genesis (1994)

The team at Polygames make some small improvements to the latest PGA title. It has a US setting in terms...

PGA Tour Golf: Tournament Course Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1992)

Three new courses are provided in this data disk for the original PGA Tour Golf. All are real-life courses –...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Some people have very interesting dreams, and you are one of those people. Your subconscious has created a moon infested...

Pharaoh Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The fourth in Impressions Games' city building series, Pharaoh takes place in ancient Egypt. Take on the role of a...

PHM Pegasus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

PHM Pegasus is a combination simulation and action game. You control a naval hydrofoil missile boat, and need to complete...

Phoenix Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In this space simulator game, the player gets to play the role of Beck a police officer, who through an...

DOS (1993)

Like DaSi before it (and in a similar vein to Taboo before both), PF simulates a spirit board (or Ouija...

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005), Wii (2010) and iPhone (2010)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is an enhanced port of Gyakuten Saiban. This version features all of the cases from the...

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Nintendo DS (2006) and Wii (2010)

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Nintendo DS (2007) and Wii (2010)

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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....

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