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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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Ars Regendi: The Art of Politics Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Ars Regendi is a browser-based political game that lets the players take the reigns of their own, realistically simulated state....

Nintendo DS (2007)

Arthur and the Invisibles is an officially licensed game for the French film of the same name (Arthur et les...

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

The Art of Fly Fishing: Volume One - Rivers of the British Isles is a fly fishing simulation. After deciding...

Ascii Sector DOS Front Cover

Linux (2008), DOS (2007), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Ascii Sector is a free-roaming, space-faring, sci-fi RPG game, focusing on combat and trading. As its early title suggest, it...

Ashes of Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

The Confederation of Syndicalist Republics is the setting for this strategy and combat game. Much like the similar looking USSR...

A Slow Year Atari 2600 Front Cover

Windows (2013), Atari 2600 (2010) and Macintosh (2013)

A Slow Year is described by the author as a chapbook of game poems. It is a collection of four...

Asphalt: Urban GT N-Gage Front Cover

N-Gage (2004) and Nintendo DS (2004)

Race through modern city streets in licensed model automobiles in this high-tech racing game that can be played solo or...

Astraware Casino iPhone Front Cover

Palm OS (2007), Windows Mobile (2007), Symbian (2009), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2010) and webOS (2010)

Astraware Casino is a collection of 11 casino games. The player is able to build up winnings and souvenirs. Winnings...

Astronōka PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1998), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Astronōka is a farming simulation game. Creatures from a remote star system cultivate vegetables in a futuristic environment. The player...

ATAC: The Secret War Against Drugs DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Lead the secret war on illegal drugs in South America! Wage war against drug barons with advanced weaponry such as...

ATARI TwinPack: X-Com Enforcer and Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This compilation out of the ATARI TwinPack series includes the games:X-Com Enforcer Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos

ATCsimulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

ATCsimulator is a full simulation of air traffic control. Choose from over 48 different areas as you direct flights to...

ATCsimulator2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

ATCsimulator2, much like its predecessor, simulates the no-holds-barred world of air traffic control, with every realistic detail. The game pulls...

Commodore 64 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

In Atlantic Patrol the player takes control of either a battleship, cruiser or destroyer and must patrol the Atlantic and...

Atlantis Underwater Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Atlantis Underwater Tycoon brings the tycoon craze to the depths of the ocean. The game plays like most other tycoon...

Atlas DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), SNES (1995), TurboGrafx CD (1994), Wii (2008), PC-98 (1991) and FM Towns (1991)

Atlas is a historical business and discovery game. The game is set in the 15th century. You are in a...

PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1993)

The Atlas II is a follow-up to Atlas. Like its predecessor, it is a historical strategy, discovery, and trade simulation...

A-Train DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Macintosh (1992), Wii (2007), PC-98 (1990), FM Towns (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Play the part of the head of a railroad company, with the aim of creating a railroad empire, providing a...

A-Train PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

In the role as the head of a major transport company it is the player's goal to build up an...

A Train 6 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

In A Train 6 your goal as a the head of a major transport company is to build up an...

A-Train 8 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A-Train 8 features similar gameplay to its ancestors in the long-running series, particularly the Xbox 360 release, A-TrainHX.As CEO of...

A-Train + Construction Set DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1993)

This pack combines Japanese-designed managerial game A-Train and its construction set.

A-Train Construction Set DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1993)

The A-Train Construction Set add-on for Maxis’ railroad management simulation A-Train is a map editor that allows modification of existing...

A-TrainHX Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

A-Train HX is a railroad company building simulation for the Xbox 360 with gameplay is similar to the other games...

Apple II (1985)

At the Gates of Moscow 1941 is a turn-based division-level wargame set during the Operation Typhoon (World War 2), a...

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