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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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Windows (2009)

You are the Imperial architect. Caesar has need of your services for the Empire. Build houses, temples, markets, baths, etc....

Ronaldo V-Football PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000) and Game Boy Color (2000)

In this football game endorsed by the Brazilian superstar Ronaldo Nazário de Lima, 64 International teams (some featuring real names,...

Roommania #203 Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002) and Dreamcast (2000)

Chain-smoking Neji Taihei is an average Japanese guy, lives by himself in his apartment, and is kind of a loser....

DOS (1996)

Rose Knight is a "raising simulation" very similar to Princess Maker games. The player assumes the role of a knight...

DOS (1993)

Visiting the House of Fortunes at night, the player registers in a book his/her arrival along with other visitors. Rosemary...

Atari ST (1989)

Roulette is a one player roulette game written in Laser C. You start with a bank roll of $10K and...

Odyssey (1972)

Odyssey's game card #6 is used to play two games: Roulette and States.In Roulette, you place bets and spin a...

Rowan's Battle of Britain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Take to the air in defense of England in this version of a 3D WW2 flight combat simulator. Play either...

Royal Birkdale Championship Golf ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

One of Britain's great golf courses is recreated in this early sports simulation. Like Ocean's other early licensed sports title...

DOS (1994)

Royal Flush is a simulation of the real life pinball machine of the same name by Gottlieb. The main focus...

RS3: Racing Simulation Three Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Racing Simulation 3 is already Ubisoft's fourth F1 game release. Racing Simulation 3 is without the FIA license, so you...

RTL Biathlon 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

RTL Biathlon 2007 is a simulation of the winter biathlon sport, combining two disciplines: cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The...

Windows (2000)

RTL Boxen Extra: Der Boxmanager is a managerial simulation named after a German television show. The player is the owner...

Ruben & Lullaby iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In Ruben & Lullaby the player is called in as a spectator when the lovers Ruben and Lullaby are having...

The Rubicon Alliance Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

In this intergalactic 3D action-flight-simulation your mission is to save the Rubicon, an constructed anti-matter zone that was made by...

DOS (1982)

Rubik's Cube is a simulation of the popular puzzle game. You are given a cube where each side is broken...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Time to head to the north of England and manage a rugby league team. You view the game sat in...

Ruins Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Ruins is a game where the player controls a dog in a small, desolate location filled with a piano, a...

Rules of Engagement DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

A mouse-driven starship command simulation, with a user interface known as LYCAR, and similar to the LCARS system from the...

Rules of Engagement 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

Rules of Engagement 2 is a mouse-driven starship command simulation in which the player assigns ships and captains to task...

Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In Rune Factory 2 the player, Kyle by default, is an amnesiac who wanders into the town of Alvarna and...

Nintendo DS (2010)

In Rune Factory 3 the player, Micah by default, is an amnesiac who wanders into the town of Sharance and...

Rune Factory 4 Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Rune Factory 4 begins with the male or female protagonist on an airship, sent to deliver something important to a...

Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

As a wanderer in a town called Kardia, you are discovered by a mysterious girl named "Mist". She, seeing potential...

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...

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