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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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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), 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), 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...

Aufschwung Ost DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

Germany, November 9th 1989: The Berlin Wall has fallen. Now it is up to the player to organize and manage...

Austerlitz Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Third entry in a row of historic wargames focussing on the Napoleonic era (the first two were Waterloo and Borodino)....

Windows (1999)

Based on International Cricket Captain, this Australian based version allows you to manage your own cricket team (from any of...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Australian Idol Sing is a single and multiplayer singing game. In real karaoke style, songs appear on your screen and...

Windows (1997)

Australia Special Edition 98 is a scenery add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 and/or Microsoft Flight Simulator 95.This is...

Autocracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This construction simulation compilation features four games:Airport Inc.Railroad Tycoon II (Gold Edition) (includes The Second Century expansion pack)SimCity 2000 (Special...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

Auto Crusher Palladium is a game that simulates construction of battle robots ("mechs"). The player is able to construct robots...

AV-8B Harrier Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

This game puts you behind the controls of the AV8B Harrier aircraft. You must plan a strategic assault upon the...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

AV Tanjō is a simulation game of the type frequently encountered in Japanese games: the so-called "life sim", similar to...

A World of Keflings Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

In A World of Keflings you find yourself, or more importantly your Xbox Live avatar, within a kingdom torn in...

PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1993) and Sharp X68000 (1994)

The premise of Ayumi-chan Monogatari is rather simple: the protagonist, a young boy named Kouichi, is in love with the...

PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

Ayumi-chan Monogatari: Jisshaban is almost exactly the same game as Ayumi-chan Monogatari, with one important difference: it has photos of...

Azito PlayStation 3 Front Cover

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

In Azito, the player takes the role of chief commander of a new secret base. Weapons, in the form of...

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