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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Animal Crossing: New Leaf Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social simulation game. You take on the role as the new mayor in a...

Animal Crossing: Wild World Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Animal Crossing: Wild World is a sandbox game in which players assume the role of a new resident in a...

DOS (1996)

Animal Quest is an educational game for all ages. Players become animals in four different game groups with the following...

Anno 1602: Creation of a New World Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Anno 1602: Creation of a New World is a real-time strategy game, set around the 17th century period of history....

Anno 1602: Erschaffung einer neuen Welt - Im Namen des Königs! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Anno 1602: Erschaffung einer neuen Welt - Im Namen des Königs! is the second, somewhat disputed add-on for Anno 1602:...

Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery is about exploring, building and establishing your settlement and it is about government and control....

Another Day at Work: Wednesday Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2005)

Another Day at Work: Wednesday is an open ended sequel to Epic Banana's previously released A Day at Work. Players...

Anpfiff: Der RTL Fussball-Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Anpfiff: Der RTL-Fussballmanager is a managerial soccer simulation with a catch: instead of a whole team the player only takes...

ANSTOSS 2005: Der Fussballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

ANSTOSS 2005: Der Fussballmanager is a further enhanced version of ANSTOSS 4: Der Fußballmanager - Edition 03/04 (itself an enhanced...

ANSTOSS 2007: Der Fußballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

ANSTOSS 2007: Der Fussballmanager is a managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success...

ANSTOSS 3: Der Fußballmanager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

ANSTOSS 3: Der Fußballmanager is the third main game in the German ANSTOSS series. The player takes care of the...

ANSTOSS Action: Die Fußballsimulation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

ANSTOSS Action: Die Fußballsimulation is a spin-off of the ANSTOSS soccer manager series that allows the player to actively participate...

Ante-Up at The Friday Night Poker Club DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Ante-Up at the Friday Night Poker Club is a your chance to play against four computer players in four different...

Apache DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Fly the most fearsome helicopter to ever grace the skies - the AH-64 Apache. The core gameplay is simulator oriented...

Apache Air Assault Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Xbox 360 (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Apache Air Assault is a helicopter flight simulation. The player takes control of an AH-64 combat helicopter and fulfills a...

Windows (2004)

Apache Longbow Assault is a helicopter simulator for the AH-64 Apache Longbow variant and the follow-up to AH-64 Apache Air...

Windows 3.x (1995)

APBA presents: Baseball for Windows is a baseball simulation based on the board game APBA Baseball and an updated re-release...

DOS (1997) and Windows (2000)

APLC32 is an add-on used with the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. This software takes adventure source code generated by flight...

Apollo 18: Mission to the Moon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1987)

Apollo 18: Mission to the Moon simulates a fictional mission to the Moon in the early 1980's, following on from...

Apollo 18: The Moon Missions Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Apollo 18: The Moon Missions is an attempt at creating a realistic simulation of manning an Apollo space trip. The...

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

It's seven years after the events seen in Trials and Tribulations, and Phoenix Wright has shouted his last "Objection!". Taking...

Apple Town Monogatari: Little Computer People NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

A heavily modified port of Little Computer People, Apple Town Monogatari is an early life simulator. It stars a randomly...

Amiga (1995)

Approach Trainer is based on A320 Airbus (Edition USA), but focuses on starting and landing the plane. This version uses...

Aqua Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A compilation of the games: My Sim Aquarium My Ocean Sim Rock'em Sock'em Fish Aqua Garden Aqua Real 3D

AquaNox Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In this sequel to Archimedean Dynasty, the player once again controls Emerald "Dead-Eye" Flint, the hero from the first game....

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