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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SNES (1995)

"Legend of Another World" one of Gainax' popular "princess-breeding simulation" games, similar to Princess Maker 2, but more medieval and...

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1998)

The fourth in Gainax' Princess Maker simulation series. A young fairy wants to become a human princess. The fairy Queen...

Prison Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Prison Tycoon the player watches over a prison. The prisoners need to have a nice stay, a possibility to...

Privateer ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

Privateer is a single player game with three distinctly different stages or missions. There are three levels of difficulty to...

Privateer 2: The Darkening DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1997)

Privateer 2: The Darkening is a follow-up to Wing Commander: Privateer. The player takes control of Ser Lev Arris, who...

Privateer 2: The Darkening (Special Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This Special Edition compilation includes the full versions of Privateer 2: The Darkening and Wing Commander: Privateer.A limited edition sew-on...

Privateer: Righteous Fire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Righteous Fire is an add-on disk for Wing Commander: Privateer. It adds a new plot line with the religious zealot...

Pro Basket Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Pro Basketball Manager is a basketball managerial game with actual teams from more than two dozen European continental competitions and...

Windows (2003)

A last-generation fishing simulator featuring real bass locations including Dale Hollow.Up to 20 well recreated different species of fish including...

DOS (1988) and Macintosh (1988)

P-ROBOTS is a game based on computer programming in PASCAL. The concept and framework was inspired by C-ROBOTS (the same...

Pro Cycling Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Pro Cycling Manager is the fifth part in the Cycling Manager series. Like its predecessors you take on the role...

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The 2006 edition in the Cycling Manager series simulates managing a cyclist team, from team rosters to individual planning, and...

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2007 is the sequel to Pro Cycling Manager Season 2006 and part of the Cycling Manager...

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2008 is the sequel to Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2007 and part of the Cycling Manager...

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2010 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2010 is a managerial simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success...

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2011 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2011 is a managerial simulation in which the player takes control over a cycling team. This...

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2012 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Pro Cycling Manager: Season 2012 is a managerial simulation in which the player takes control over a cycling team. This...

PSP (2007)

Pro Cycling: Season 2007 is the first iteration in the series for a handheld system.This game is slightly different from...

Professional Ski Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Players have to guide a skier down the piste in the specified time limit. The ski is against a competitor...

Professional Snooker Simulator MSX Front Cover

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

Professional Snooker Simulator allows the player to play snooker from a bird's eye view of the table, with all the...

Professional Tennis Simulator ZX Spectrum Front Cover

DOS (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990), MSX (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

In this game you will have the possibility to play seven different championships, including the four Grand Slams, so, depending...

Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Nintendo DS (2008), Wii (2009), iPhone (2010) and Android (2011)

Professor Heinz Wolff's Gravity is a puzzle game similar to the Incredible Machine series. During the 100 levels the goal...

Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1998)

Profitania is an underground kingdom inhabited by exotic creatures known for their ingenuity. Recently, the Profitanians made an amazing discovery....

ProFlight Atari ST Front Cover

Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1990)

ProFlight simulates a Panavia Tornado F Mk3. Through the accompanying 134 page manual, the budding pilot is guided through: an...

Project CARS Windows Front Cover

Windows (2015), PlayStation 4 (2015) and Xbox One (2015)

Project CARS is a racing simulation similar to the Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsports and GTR FIA Racing series. Different to...

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