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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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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...

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...

Windows (2006)

Puppies is a game aimed at children, there is a companion game, Kittens which, apart from the animal involved, is...

Puppy Luv: A New Breed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Puppy Luv: A New Breed is a game which is based on caring for a virtual pet. It is one...

Pursuit of the Graf Spee Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Pursuit of the Graf Spee is a strategic game that allows the players to recreate the historic search for the...

Genesis (1991)

Pyramid Magic II is a direct continuation of the first game. In the final room of the first title, the...

Q-Ball Billiards Master PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Q-Ball is a hyperrealistic billiards simulation. The focus is squarely upon accurate, realistic physics & ball behavior - friction, speed,...

qrp Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

qrp is a short, experimental game about daydreaming in class about girls. The concept and gameplay mechanisms are similar to...

DOS (1984)

Quadrant is another take on the Star Trek school of games: protect the Federation by ridding it of the Klingon...

DOS (1993)

Quarterpole is a horse racing simulation and stable management game based on the thoroughbred racing board game of the same...

Windows (2002)

QuarterPole Plus is a upgraded version of Hooves of Thunder! with some enhancements and extras added.Additional gameplay features include in-game...

MSX (1984)

Queen's Golf is a standard 18-hole golf game, played from a top-down perspective. The player can compete in stroke play...

Quest for Fame Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

As the game itself comes shipped with some kind of electronic plectron you can connect to your parallel-port (it's called...

Quest of the Space Beagle Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

A sequel to Jupiter Mission 1999, with the same basic gameplay elements - combining story telling, RPG and arcade action....

PC-98 (1992)

As the title implies, this is primarily a quiz game; however, it also has elements of strategy. It is possible...

Arcade (1992)

Choose one of four characters: Fighter, Wizard, Amazon and Ninja, each with unique abilities. The game is a traditional dice...

TurboGrafx CD (1991)

Quiz Marugoto the World is a simple simulation of a TV trivia game. TV hosts ask questions on various topics...

Race 07: Official WTCC Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Race 07 builds on the features of the previous Race PC game. In addition to the regular World Touring Car...

Race + Caterham Expansion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This compilation consists of the following games: Race: The Official WTCC Game Race: The WTTC Game - Caterham Expansion

DOS (1992), Game Boy (1993), SNES (1992), Genesis (1993), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1992) and Arcade (1990)

Race Drivin' is a sequel to the driving simulator Hard Drivin'. Game play is similar to the first game. The...

RACE On Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

RACE On is an add-on for Race 07: The Official WTCC Game. It includes the data (cars and circuits) from...

RACE On Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This compilation includes: Race 07: The Official WTCC Game RACE On STCC: The Game

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