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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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Pirates! Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows 3.x (1994), Genesis (1993), Amiga CD32 (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

As with the original, this is a blend of strategy, action and adventure. Pirates! Gold lets you play the role...

Pitstop Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), ColecoVision (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Pitstop is an action racing game featuring six different race tracks. Your goal is to earn as much money as...

Pitstop II Atari 8-bit Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1985), Wii (2008) and iPad (2012)

Race Formula-1 in several tracks while trying to beat a computer, or human opponent. Pay attention to your fuel and...

Pizza Tycoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Pizza Tycoon is a strategy game where you are an aspiring pizza chef, who wants to start the best pizza...

Plague Inc. Android Front Cover

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

Plague Inc. is a simulation game, where the objective is to kill all humans on Earth with a disease. It...

Atari ST (1988)

In Planet Lander you have to land your space craft within the given time. You start at 10000 feet with...

Odyssey 2 (2004)

Planet Lander! is a Lunar Lander variant. The player has to land the ship on as many planets as possible...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Planet Probe the player controls a space ship and must try to get close enough to a planet to...

Plan It Green Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009) and iPhone (2009)

Plan It Green is an educational city building and management game with ecological themes, produced by National Geographic. As the...

The Plan Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

The Plan is a very short, existential game where the player controls a fly that ascends towards the unknown. It...

Platinum Solitaire J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2005)

Platinum Solitaire offers four variations of the solo card game Solitaire, set in a casino environment. Cards are selected with...

Platoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Platoon is a mission-based tactical combat game taking place in the Vietnam Conflict. Terrain, vehicles and soldiers are all modeled...

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...

Pocke-Kano: Yumi, Shizuka, Fumio Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

This simulation game was originally released for PlayStation as three separate games, each focusing on a single heroine. The Dreamcast...

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...

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