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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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PC Fútbol Selección Española Europa 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

We are in front of another PC Fútbol, the famous Spanish managerial soccer game series, but on that occasion, with...

PC Booter (1984)

The predecessor of PC Pool Challenges but strangely enough practically has not much difference what so ever in the game...

PC Pool Challenges PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984)

Play straight pool or 8 ball with up to 4 players in this incredibly customizable pool simulation. Players can be...

PC Selección Española de Fútbol Eurocopa '96 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

PC Selección Española de Fútbol Eurocopa '96 is the first of Dinamic Multimedia's international competition-based games, in which you will...

PDC World Championship Darts Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

PDC World Championship Darts is an officially licensed darts game. The player can opt to play as champions such as...

PSP (2008) and Xbox 360 (2008)

PDC World Championship Darts is an officially licensed darts game. The player can opt to play as champions such as...

Windows (2008), PlayStation 2 (2008), Xbox 360 (2008), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2008)

PDC World Championship Darts 2008 is an officially licensed darts game and sequel to its earlier incarnation. The player can...

Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

PDC World Championship Darts 2009 is the 2009 iteration in the series. Like previous versions it has an official license...

PeaceMaker Macintosh Front Cover Manifesto Games release

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

PeaceMaker is a "serious game" dedicated to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Playing as either the Israeli Prime Minister or the Palestinian...

DOS (1988)

Pearl Harbour takes you back to December 7th, 1942 (curiously, that's exactly one year after the historical battle -- then...

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

Few hours before the Allied forces hit the beaches on D-Day (6 June 1944), an element of the British 6th...

Genesis (1993)

Pelé! is a soccer game that lets the player take control of soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (better known...

Windows (2011) and Android (2013)

Penny Girl is a Russian roulette game. The story is that there was this little girl whose mother was sick...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In People the player has to think of a person and the computer will guess who the player is thinking...

DOS (1996)

Perfect Flight is an add-on pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0).It includes 19 new aircraft, scenery for all of the...

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Perfect Flight Deluxe: Great Britain is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It is compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator v5.1,...

The Perfect Match Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

The Perfect Match is a virtual game show where your goal is to match the contestants up with a partner,...

Perfect Partner Bridge Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

A simulation of the game of Bridge. The main feature is a highly customizable partner AI, allowing you to set...

Perfect Pinball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

In 1995 21st Century Entertainment licensed several already-released pinball tables to the online distribution company Instant Access, which bundled them...

Perfect! Pool Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Perfect! Pool is a basic traditional pool simulator, with advanced controls and realistic graphics. With a very advanced and easy-to-use...

Perico Delgado Maillot Amarillo ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

"Perico Delgado Maillot Amarillo", a game based on the Spanish champion, was one of the first cycling simulators that reproduced...

PC-98 (1996)

The story of Pero-Pero Candy: Yō no Shō is very simple: the protagonist is a modern-day young man who accidentally...

Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In the year 2326 man prepares to conquer the "Eastside", the other side of the galaxy and to build new...

Pet in TV PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

In Pet in TV the player takes control of a virtual pet, which resembles a more complex version of the...

Commodore 64 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Nuclear Power Plant is a simulation game in which the player is in control of a nuclear power plant. The...

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