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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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Pro Pilot Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

This is the first edition in the Pro Pilot civilian flight simulation series. The scenery is North America, and both...

Pro Pilot '99 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Pro Pilot is a flight program comparable to Flight Simulator. It focuses more on realistic flight operations, and less on...

Pro Pool Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

Pro Pool is a Pool simulation game on the Game Boy Color. You can play a single game against the...

Pro Race Driver Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Xbox (2003)

Race Driver adds a storyline and career structure to the Codemasters touring car racing lineage. You are Ryan McKane, son...

Pro Rally 2001 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Pro Rally 2001 is a rally racing simulation game. It comes with 24 races spread over 12 different countries such...

Sharp X68000 (1993)

Prostitute Maker is a "raising simulation" game similar to Princess Maker: a heroic father, who has defeated the forces of...

ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006), PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and PSP (2006)

ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007 is a golf simulation which unique feature is the innovative control scheme. In contrast to...

Protostar: War on the Frontier DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

An alien race known as the Skeetch is threatening humanity and the peace in the entire galaxy. The human organization...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 11: Gerolstein - Trier Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 11: Gerolstein - Trier is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. It adds various new vehicles and missions...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 13: Fulda - Würzburg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 13: Fulda - Würzburg is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. It adds various new vehicles and missions...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 1: S-Bahn Leipzig Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 1: S-Bahn Leipzig is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. This add-on adds various new vehicles and missions...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 2: Dresden-Nürnberg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 2: Dresden-Nürnberg is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. It adds various new vehicles and missions around the...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 3: Stuttgart-München Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 3: Stuttgart-München is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. It adds various new vehicles and missions around the...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 6: München - Nürnberg  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 6: München - Nürnberg is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. It adds various new vehicles and missions...

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 9: Leipzig - Saalfeld Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

ProTrain Perfect AddOn 9: Leipzig - Saalfeld is an add-on for ProTrain Perfect. It adds various new vehicles and missions...

Psi 5 Trading Co. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

Psi-5 Trading company puts the player in command of a space freighter crewed by a host of quirky aliens. The...

PT-109 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987) and Macintosh (1987)

PT-109 is a classic torpedo boat simulation, set in the World War II. It is a game with great depth...

PT Boats: Knights of the Sea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In this naval simulation the player can take command of Russian, German or Allied fleets and the crews in WWII....

PT Boats: South Gambit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The South Gambit is a stand alone add-on of PT Boats. It features two new scenarios of the naval action...

P.T.O.: Pacific Theater of Operations II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), PlayStation (1996), SNES (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1994)

PTO II is a KOEI game that depicts the conflict between the USA and Japan during World War II. The...

Pub Games ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Pub games is a themed compilation of seven games that have been popular in public houses (drinking establishments) in the...

DOS (1987)

This pool simulator is set in the Pub. You may direct the white ball by moving the cross cursor on...

Pulsar no Hikari: Space Wars Simulation NES Front Cover

NES (1987)

Players are put in charge of a space cruiser and have to rid the galaxy of hostile enemies.Players are first...

Puma Street Soccer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and PlayStation (1999)

Puma Street Soccer is a 4-on-4 football game, based on Puma's own version of indoor football. The field is small,...

Windows (2003)

A home version of the arcade game Pump It Up : Prex 3. Unlike other home versions, this one will...

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