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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Nintendo DS (2007)

At the beginning of Pony Friends, the player has the choice to buy a pre-defined pony or create his one...

Pony Friends 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Windows (2009), Nintendo DS (2010) and Wii (2010)

Pony Friends 2 is a horse-care simulation game. Once the player's profile is created, a pony, either custom or chosen...

Pony Ranch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Pony Ranch is a managerial simulation where the players constructs and manages a pony ranch. As in most tycoon games...

Nintendo DS (2008)

Pop Cutie! Street Fashion Simulation lets the player take control and manage their own fashion boutique, letting them create their...

PlayStation (2001)

Look at the charts today, inundated with manufactured bands. The music business is in need of some fresh talent. Well...

Populous / Populous: The Promised Lands DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows (2013), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Macintosh (2013) and FM Towns (1990)

This compilation contains: Populous (base game) Populous: The Promised Lands (expansion)

Linux (2005), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2005)

Stair dismount is the predecessor to Truck dismount. The legendary superhero Spector has found, to his shock, that he cannot...

Port Royale 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Caribbean Sea in the 17th century. England, France, Spain and the Netherlands fight for the leadership of the colonies...

Port Royale 3: Dawn of Pirates Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Dawn of Pirates is the second piece of downloadable content (DLC) for Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants. It adds...

Port Royale 3: Harbour Master Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

Harbour Master is the first piece of downloadable content (DLC) for Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants. It updates the...

Port Royale 3: New Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2013) and PlayStation 3 (2013)

New Adventures is the third piece of downloadable content (DLC) for Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants. It adds five...

Port Royale 3: Pirates & Merchants Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012), Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Set in the 17th century Caribbean, Port Royale 3 is a business simulation game, similar to the Patrician series. The...

Port Royale: Gold, Macht und Kanonen - Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates (Gold Edition) is a budget release of Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates with...

Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Caribbean Sea in 1570. England, France, Spain and the Netherlands fight for leadership of the colonies in the New...

Ports of Call DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1987), iPhone (2009) and Android (2012)

Ports of Call gives you the job of a shipowner. First you have to choose your hometown and after that...

Ports of Call 2008 Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Ports of Call 2008 Deluxe is a remake of the managerial simulation Ports of Call where the player is the...

Poseidon Wars 3-D SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1988)

In Poseidon Wars 3-D, you have just entered the navy as a cadet and you must make your way up...

Pou iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), BlackBerry (2014), Android (2012) and iPad (2013)

Pou is a simulation where the player has to take care of a potato pet. The gameplay includes feeding, curing,...

Poverty Is Not A Game Browser Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Browser (2010)

Poverty Is Not A Game is an educational game that aims to teach teenagers about poverty and what to do...

Power Flight! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In this compilation you will find the following 3 games: Night Hawk: F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 F-15 Strike Eagle III...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

Power Golf 2: Golfer is a follow-up to Power Golf. The game attempts to realistically simulate golf and contains many...

Power Politics Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1992)

Power Politics is a campaign simulation for serious students of political science. You create a presidential candidate with various strengths...

Windows (1999)

Power Pool is a pool simulation which features Eight-ball and Nine-ball, the last one in many variations. Like other similar...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Power Pro Kun Pocket 3 is the third game in the long-running arcade baseball series for hand-helds and the first...

PlayStation (2000)

Power Shovel is an arcade/simulation where you get to drive excavators of various sizes to do more or less realistic...

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