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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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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

DOS (1993)

For one to six players, Race the Nags is a fully animated, full color horse racing simulation. Chosen from a...

Race: The Official WTCC Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The World Touring Car Championship features saloon cars, essentially modified from those you would ordinarily drive, racing on purpose-built circuits...

Race: The WTTC Game - Caterham Expansion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Race: The WTTC Game - Caterham Expansion is an add-on for Race: The Official WTCC Game. It features three new...

Windows (1995)

Race Track is an interesting conversion of a simple pen & paper game. It could best be described as a...

Windows (2006)

A collection of four Atari games, they are: GTR: FIA GT Racing Game V-Rally 3 GT Legends Michael Schumacher World...

Commodore 64 (1991)

Racing Pack is a compilation that includes the following 4 games on one disk: 5th Gear Days of Thunder Mountain...

Racter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), Amiga (1986), Apple II (1985) and Macintosh (1985)

From the Racter FAQ:In 1984, William Chamberlain published a book called "The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed" (Warner Books, NY....

DOS (1986)

Radio Baseball is a text-based baseball coaching simulator. Each team has a list of players, and as the coach, it's...

RAF Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

RAF Collection is a collection of planes and scenery add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 98....

RAF Tornado Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

RAF Tornado is an aircraft add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe....

RAF Vulcan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is an aircraft add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 & 2004.The Avro Vulcan, a now decomissioned British cold-war nuclear...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Rags to Riches may be called a "bum simulator", in that it lets you live life as a bum trying...

Rags to Riches: The Financial Market Simulation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You play a young college graduate who has been given a large sum of money by your parents to set...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Rail the player is in control of twelve track switches on a railway circuit. Each switch can be placed...

Windows (2008)

Railroad Lines is a train simulation game. It set in the 1990s and early 21st century. The player receives points...

Railroad Tycoon 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Five years after its predecessor, Railroad Tycoon 3 offers you the opportunity to build your own railroad empire, this time...

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