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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Windows (2004)

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Polizei Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

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Windows (2008)

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Windows (2008)

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Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod 2: Legendarnye vnedorozhniki Rossii. UAZy ehpoxi 1990-x is the fourth cars pack for Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. It...

Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod 2: Legendarnye vnedorozhniki Rossii. UAZy nashego vremeni is the fifth cars pack for Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. It...

Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod 2: Legendarnye vnedorozhniki SSSR. UAZy ehpoxi 1960-x is the first cars pack for Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. It...

Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod 2: Legendarnye vnedorozhniki SSSR. UAZy ehpoxi 1970-x is the second cars pack for Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. It...

Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod 2: Legendarnye vnedorozhniki SSSR - UAZy ehpoxi 1980-x is the third cars pack for Polnyj privod 2: UAZ....

Windows (2008)

Polnyj privod 2. Sibirskij prizyv is add-on for Polnyj privod 2: HUMMER. Extreme Edition or Polnyj privod 2: UAZ. It...

Windows (2007)

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Windows (2009)

Polnyj privod. Ves' UAZ. Zolotoe izdanie is a compilation that includes all UAZ-themed games from Polnyj privod series: Polnyj privod:...

PolyFauna Android Front Cover

iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

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Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

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Windows (2001)

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Pontifex 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2002), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2004)

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Nintendo DS (2007)

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Pony Friends 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

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

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Pony Ranch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

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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)

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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)

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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...

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