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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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RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2007)

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! is the first expansion pack for the third in the series of the RollerCoaster Tycoon games....

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! is the second expansion for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. It brings 8 new (and very experimental) coaster...

Windows (2007)

This Add-on-bundle contains both RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 add-ons Soaked! and Wild! in one package. Unlike the Gold Edition, it does...

RollerCoaster Tycoon: Corkscrew Follies Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Corkscrew Follies is the first expansion for RollerCoaster Tycoon that adds new themes, 30 new scenarios and new rides.New gameplay-oriented...

RollerCoaster Tycoon: Loopy Landscapes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Loopy Landscapes is the second expansion pack for Rollercoaster Tycoon. It adds new scenarios and environments (including the Arctic islands),...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Rollercoaster World is an Theme Park or Rollercoaster Tycoon style game, where you build your own amusement park and its...

Atari ST (1990)

Roll 'N Nudge is a basic four wheel fruit machine simulator for one player. You start with 40 coins. Some...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Macintosh (1987)

Although the title may cause it to appear pornographic, Romantic Encounters at the Dome is actually more of a text-based...

R.O.M. Gold: Rings of Medusa DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

This is a remake of Rings of Medusa. Basically identical to the original in gameplay, the remake offers enhanced graphics,...

Rommel: Battles for North Africa DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1988), Macintosh (1990) and PC-98 (1990)

Rommel: Battles for North Africa is a turn & hex-based wargame (one of the series built on the Battlefront engine)...

Romopolis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

You are the Imperial architect. Caesar has need of your services for the Empire. Build houses, temples, markets, baths, etc....

Ronaldo V-Football PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Game Boy Color (2000)

In this football game endorsed by the Brazilian superstar Ronaldo Nazário de Lima, 64 International teams (some featuring real names,...

Roommania #203 Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Dreamcast (2000)

Chain-smoking Neji Taihei is an average Japanese guy, lives by himself in his apartment, and is kind of a loser....

DOS (1996)

Rose Knight is a "raising simulation" very similar to Princess Maker games. The player assumes the role of a knight...

DOS (1993)

Visiting the House of Fortunes at night, the player registers in a book his/her arrival along with other visitors. Rosemary...

Atari ST (1989)

Roulette is a one player roulette game written in Laser C. You start with a bank roll of $10K and...

Odyssey (1972)

Odyssey's game card #6 is used to play two games: Roulette and States.In Roulette, you place bets and spin a...

Rowan's Battle of Britain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Take to the air in defense of England in this version of a 3D WW2 flight combat simulator. Play either...

Royal Birkdale Championship Golf ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

One of Britain's great golf courses is recreated in this early sports simulation. Like Ocean's other early licensed sports title...

DOS (1994)

Royal Flush is a simulation of the real life pinball machine of the same name by Gottlieb. The main focus...

RS3: Racing Simulation Three Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Racing Simulation 3 is already Ubisoft's fourth F1 game release. Racing Simulation 3 is without the FIA license, so you...

RTL Biathlon 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

RTL Biathlon 2007 is a simulation of the winter biathlon sport, combining two disciplines: cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The...

Windows (2000)

RTL Boxen Extra: Der Boxmanager is a managerial simulation named after a German television show. The player is the owner...

Ruben & Lullaby iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In Ruben & Lullaby the player is called in as a spectator when the lovers Ruben and Lullaby are having...

The Rubicon Alliance Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

In this intergalactic 3D action-flight-simulation your mission is to save the Rubicon, an constructed anti-matter zone that was made by...

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