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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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Premier Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and PlayStation 2 (2002)

After many versions developed by Realms of Fantasy and Dinamic Multimedia, when Gremlin was acquired and then disbanded, it seemed...

Premier Manager 09 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and PlayStation 2 (2008)

Premier Manager 09 is the longest running football management simulation in the games industry.The main focus of Premier Manager games...

Premier Manager 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1994)

This football management game features all five national English leagues. The player begins the game managing one of the teams...

Premier Manager 2003-04 PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Game Boy Advance (2003)

Premier Manager 2003-04 is a soccer management sim, in which the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success...

Premier Manager 2004-2005 Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Game Boy Advance (2004)

Premier Manager 2004 - 2005 is a soccer manager where the player is responsibly for the athletic and financial success...

Windows (2013)

Premium Play Darkness is a simulation game similar in concept to Artificial Academy games. The game has various sets, which...

President Elect Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1981)

A political simulation of the US presidential elections, President Elect allows you to simulate any campaign from the 60's to...

President Elect: 1988 Edition DOS Front Cover

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

President Elect:1988 Edition is an updated version of the original President Elect adding the campaign data for the upcoming (at...

Windows (2004)

President Forever is a strategy game that puts you right in the presidential campaign. You will have to manage ads,...

PC Booter (1984)

President's Choice is a political simulation. The player is cast in the role of the President of the United States...

Press Your Luck DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

Based off of the 80s game show of the same name, Press Your Luck allows you to play as one...

The Price is Right: Decades Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2011), PlayStation 3 (2012), Wii (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

The Price is Right: Decades is a video game based on the popular TV show "The Price is Right". It...

The Price is Right Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1990)

GameTek's home version of the classic game show The Price is Right. Bob Barker and the Beauties are not present,...

PRIDE FC: Fighting Championships PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

All fighting styles are accepted in PRIDE fight. Fight in all positions; standing, in a clinch, and on the ground....

Prime Time DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988) and Atari ST (1988)

Don't you hate it when your favorite TV show gets cancelled? Prime Time from First Row Software lets you be...

Prime Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Prime Time is a budget, management simulation game, in which the player assumes the role of manager at a TV...

Princess Maker TurboGrafx CD Front Cover

TurboGrafx CD (1995), MSX (1992), PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1997)

Princess Maker is the first of Gainax' "princess-raising simulation" game series.You are a noble warrior who has just saved your...

Princess Maker 2 SEGA Saturn Front Cover

DOS (1993), SEGA Saturn (1995), 3DO (1995), TurboGrafx CD (1995), Macintosh (1995), PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1994) and GP32 (2002)

A hero saved the human race from utter annihilation by the gods. This same hero then was charged by the...

SNES (1995)

"Legend of Another World" one of Gainax' popular "princess-breeding simulation" games, similar to Princess Maker 2, but more medieval and...

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1998)

The fourth in Gainax' Princess Maker simulation series. A young fairy wants to become a human princess. The fairy Queen...

Prison Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Prison Tycoon the player watches over a prison. The prisoners need to have a nice stay, a possibility to...

Privateer ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983) and ZX81 (1983)

Privateer is a single player game with three distinctly different stages or missions. There are three levels of difficulty to...

Privateer 2: The Darkening DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1997)

Privateer 2: The Darkening is a follow-up to Wing Commander: Privateer. The player takes control of Ser Lev Arris, who...

Privateer 2: The Darkening (Special Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This Special Edition compilation includes the full versions of Privateer 2: The Darkening and Wing Commander: Privateer.A limited edition sew-on...

Privateer: Righteous Fire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Righteous Fire is an add-on disk for Wing Commander: Privateer. It adds a new plot line with the religious zealot...

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