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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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Aufschwung Ost DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

Germany, November 9th 1989: The Berlin Wall has fallen. Now it is up to the player to organize and manage...

Austerlitz Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Third entry in a row of historic wargames focussing on the Napoleonic era (the first two were Waterloo and Borodino)....

Windows (1999)

Based on International Cricket Captain, this Australian based version allows you to manage your own cricket team (from any of...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Australian Idol Sing is a single and multiplayer singing game. In real karaoke style, songs appear on your screen and...

Windows (1997)

Australia Special Edition 98 is a scenery add-on package for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 and/or Microsoft Flight Simulator 95.This is...

Autocracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This construction simulation compilation features four games:Airport Inc.Railroad Tycoon II (Gold Edition) (includes The Second Century expansion pack)SimCity 2000 (Special...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

Auto Crusher Palladium is a game that simulates construction of battle robots ("mechs"). The player is able to construct robots...

automobili Lamborghini Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997)

One of the earlier racing games for the Nintendo 64 developed by Titus. 8 cars are included in this game...

AV-8B Harrier Assault DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

This game puts you behind the controls of the AV8B Harrier aircraft. You must plan a strategic assault upon the...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

AV Tanjō is a simulation game of the type frequently encountered in Japanese games: the so-called "life sim", similar to...

A World of Keflings Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

In A World of Keflings you find yourself, or more importantly your Xbox Live avatar, within a kingdom torn in...

PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1993) and Sharp X68000 (1994)

The premise of Ayumi-chan Monogatari is rather simple: the protagonist, a young boy named Kouichi, is in love with the...

PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

Ayumi-chan Monogatari: Jisshaban is almost exactly the same game as Ayumi-chan Monogatari, with one important difference: it has photos of...

Azito PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

In Azito, the player takes the role of chief commander of a new secret base. Weapons, in the form of...

B-17 Bomber Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

B-17 Bomber takes place near the end of World War II. As the pilot of a B-17, your mission is...

B-17 Flying Fortress DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

B-17 Flying Fortress is a simulation of the legendary heavy bomber of World War II.After customizing one's bomber with nose...

B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th! is the second flight sim featuring the famous WWII bomber.You can take control over...

B-1 Nuclear Bomber Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1983), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1980), VIC-20 (1983), TI-99/4A (1983), TRS-80 (1980), Commodore PET/CBM (1980) and FM-7 (1982)

In B-1 Nuclear Bomber, you have to "fly" a B-1 bomber to it's destination, and destroy the target of the...

B-24 Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

A simulation of WW2 air-warfare in which the player flies a B-24 as part of the 460th Bomber Group missions...

Babylon 5: I've Found Her - Danger and Opportunity Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Babylon 5: I've Found Her is a space combat simulator game, based upon the popular TV series Babylon 5. It...

Baby Universe PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Baby Universe in an experiment in visuals. It consists of different worlds with digital kaleidoscopes. One of them, a 3D...

Windows (1999)

The "game" is much like Dogz of Petz from PF Magic, but as the name suggests you adopt human infants....

The Bachelor: The Videogame Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010), Macintosh (2011), Wii (2010), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

The Bachelor: The Videogame is an adaptation of the reality-TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in which contestants compete...

TRS-80 (1978)

Two BASIC games on opposite sides of the same cassette:In Backgammon two players face off. Games are played singly, with...

Backpacker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Backpacker is a game about travelling around the world. The objective is to travel around the world as fast as...

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