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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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Rune Factory: Frontier Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Rune Factory Frontier's story begins with the hero Raguna traveling to the village of Trampoli in search of his missing...

Wii (2011)

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny introduces you to two new protagonists, Aden and Sonja who, due to mysterious circumstances are...

Run for Gold Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Run For Gold is a single player athletics game in which the player trains two athletes for middle distance running,...

DOS (1987)

A traffic control simulation in which the player must manage the flow of vehicles throughout a busy city block, during...

DOS (1990)

A shareware game, based freely on Avalon Hill & Co's board game "Panzerblitz".If you know this game, or any similar...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Russia: The Great War in the East 1941-1945 is a turn & hex-based wargame. The player takes the role of...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1989)

RVF Honda puts you on board a realistically-modeled RC30 bike, with the task of becoming world champion. Initially you race...

PlayStation (1996)

Pinball, a game that has been around since the 1930s, has been translated into video game format once again, this...

Sabre Ace: Conflict Over Korea Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Sabre Ace: Conflict Over Korea is an air and ground-attack combat flight simulation game which takes place in the skies...

Safari Photo Africa: Wild Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Safari Photo Africa is an educational game in which you play as a photojournalist assigned to photograph animals in Africa....

Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Safe! is a safe cracking game. The player is presented with a safe which is locked by a random combination....

Windows (2000)

Safe Cracker is the fourth in a series of pinball simulators from Software Illusions.This is a three reel slot machine...

DOS (1993)

Safe Opening Simulator is quite accurately described by its title: This program is a simulation that lets you open safes.At...

Sai Combat Amstrad CPC Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Sai Combat features real-life combat, in the Japanese style of Sai Karate AKA Kendo. The difference from standard karate is...

Saints & Sinners Bingo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Saints & Sinners Bingo is a single player shareware game based on a fictional American Bingo circuit with the player...

SakaTsuku 2002: J.League Pro Soccer Club o TsukurĊ! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

SakaTsuku 2002 is one of the many titles in Sega's long-running football management sim series, and the first to appear...

Sally's Spa Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), BREW (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

After founding her wildly successful salon franchise, Sally decides to take a vacation. While on vacation, she meets a friend...

Salt Lake 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Game Boy Advance (2002)

The only official licensed game of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter games.Take part in Mens' Alpine Skiing Downhill, Ladies'...

San Diego Scenery Add-on Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The Scenery San Diego Add-on pack is simply another Add-on pack for Microsoft's Flight Sim Game. It has airports in...

Sands of Fire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Macintosh (1989)

Sands of Fire takes you to the scorching deserts of Northern Africa, where you drive one of the available Allied...

Sandwarriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This is an arcade sci/fi flight game similar in style to "Inca" series, but with an ancient Egyptian setting (like...

Wii (2009)

Sandy Beach is a relaxation game released through the Nintendo WiiWare service for the Wii. Up to two players can...

San Francisco: Scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator v.5.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This unofficial scenery disk for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 5 brings you the full spectrum of San Francisco's area. Soar...

Genesis (1991)

Sangokushi Retsuden is a turn-based strategy game set in Three Kingdoms-era China. The game takes place on one large map...

Sankyo Fever Vol. 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Sankyo Fever Vol. 3 is a single player simulation of five Pachinko machines from Sankyo. These are:CR Fever Powerful EXCR...

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