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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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Windows (2001)

Red Ace Squadron is basically a standalone add-on for Hunt for the Red Baron. It includes the following improvements: Two...

Red Alarm Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

At the beginning of the 21st Century, a World War raged not stop for 70 devestating years. It wasn't until...

Red Arrows Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1985)

The activities of the RAF's famous aircraft display team are brought to life in this simulation. The player can take...

Red Baron DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1992) and Macintosh (1992)

Red Baron puts you in the pilot's seat of actual World War I fighter aircraft. This game features 28 different...

Red Baron 3-D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Red Baron 3-D is a World War I combat flight simulation, essentially a heavily patched version of Red Baron II.The...

Red Baron II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The much anticipated sequel to the first Red Baron, this game allows you to take to the skies once again...

Red Baron: Mission Builder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Want to rewrite history? Here's your chance: A mission builder for Red Baron is available. Create your own missions, all...

Red Baron Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Red Baron Pack is a compilation containing these games: Red Baron Red Baron: Mission Builder Red Baron 3-D

Red Baron With Mission Builder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Released in a standard CD case, this pack includes the seminal World War 1 flight simulation Red Baron and its...

Red Lightning DOS Front Cover

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

Red Lightning is an operational level wargame of a potential conflict in central Europe between NATO and the Warsaw Pact....

Windows (2005)

Red Shark 2 is a simulation game where the player pilots a high-tech helicopter, sent back in time to World...

Red Skies over Europe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Red Skies over Europe is an arcade combat flight simulation. The player takes the seat of the Axis or USSR...

Red Storm Rising DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988) and PC-98 (1991)

The Soviet Union, under severe pressure after destruction of one of their biggest oil refineries, must secure a new source...

Reel Deal Slots 2nd Vol. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Reel Deal Slots 2nd Vol. is a slot machine simulator. Starting with $3,000, play the 39 slot machines, 5 video...

Reelect JFK Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot down by an assassin's bullet. Since that time, people have...

Windows (2008)

In "Reflect", the player explores a three-dimensional landscape from the perspectives of various animals. The player has to observe the...

Amiga (1992)

Reflexity Pinball Challenge is a German pinball game. It has support to four players and features three tables with an...

Refrain Love: Anata ni Aitai PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Refrain Love is a dating simulation adventure game and a story of seven men and women, including the player. The...

Regret Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Regret was created for Jason Rohrer's game design sketchbook, a monthly project for the online publication The Escapist. Without giving...

Reign: Conflict of Nations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Reign: Conflict of Nations is a large-scale historical strategy game set largely in Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages (1350-1650)....

Reishiki Kanjō Sentōki 2 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Reishiki Kanjō Sentōki 2 is the follow up to Aces of War, and is once again a WW2 fighter flight...

Re-Mission Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Re-Mission is a "serious" game developed for teens with cancer. It’s an "Inner Space" meets "modern gaming" flying shooter 3rd-person...

Rendezvous: A Space Shuttle Flight Simulation Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

This real-time 3-D flight simulator puts you at the controls of an advanced Enterprise Class Space Shuttle. Your mission is...

Windows (2000)

Rendezvous with a Stranger Girl is an interactive date simulation where you are a man who meets three young girls...

Republic: The Revolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

In Republic: The Revolution, you must rise to power in a former Soviet state using political and coercive means.The game...

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