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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 (2010)

Prospect for oil and gas using sound waves. You blast sound waves into the ground and record the echos on...

Amiga (1995)

A small man in an anorak with a Thermos flask sits on a bench by some busy train lines and...

Sentimental Graffiti SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), SEGA Saturn (1998), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

The protagonist of the game is a Japanese high school student, who was frequently transferred from school to school in...

September 12th Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

September 12th is a serious game with a political statement about the USA's War on Terror which started after September...

Serf City: Life is Feudal DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1993)

A strategy game with cartoony graphics and an innocent line in humour. At the start of the level you choose...

PlayStation (1998)

Serial Experiments Lain is an atypical game where the player needs to browse a computer network, called "the Wired", discovering...

The Settlers 7: Conquest - The Empire Expansion DLC Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The second down loadable content for The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom contains three new multiplayer maps, all with...

The Settlers: Fourth Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Settlers IV is the 4th real-time strategy game in the Settler series, building upon its predecessor with some graphical...

The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - Expansion Disc Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - Expansion Disc is the first add-on for Heritage of Kings: The Settlers.After the defeat...

The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - Legends Expansion Disc Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The Settlers: Heritage of Kings - Legends Expansion Disc is the second add-on for Heritage of Kings: The Settlers.Besides five...

The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This Limited Edition includes:The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary, a remake of the original game in 3D. Exclusive packaging A Settler...

The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

For a long time, the Romans were happy. They had everything. Wealth, women and health. But one day, they were...

The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

We have now entered the year of the wolf. Many years have passed since the discovery of the world portal...

The Settlers II (Gold Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Windows (2009)

The Settlers II (Gold Edition) contains: The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici The Settlers II Mission CD A full world...

The Settlers III Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Part three of The Settlers series continues with the real-time strategy game concepts of the series. In order to conquer...

The Settlers II Mission CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This is the official add-on for The Settlers II. In the new campaign you play as the great-grandchild of Octavius...

The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Veni, Vidi, Vici is the sequel of the well-known Settlers game. You start your settlement with only one main building....

The Settlers IV (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is a German compilation and it includes: Die Siedler IV (a.k.a. The Settlers: Fourth Edition) Die Siedler IV Mission...

The Settlers IV Mission CD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Settlers IV Mission CD is the first add-on for The Settlers: Fourth Edition and features five new campaigns in...

The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power is the second add-on for The Settlers: Fourth Edition and...

Seventh Cross Evolution Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1998)

A life simulation which shows how organisms evolve. Take control of one of life's earliest lifeforms and, depending on what...

PC-98 (1995)

The game with such a simple, yet expressive title is also rather simple and to-the-point in its concept: it is...

PC-98 (1996)

Sex 2 has the same basic premise as its predecessor, which is easy to deduce from the game's title. It's...

Windows (2003)

You are just an ordinary guy who has won a trip to a place called Sexy Island in a lottery....

Sexy Beach 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The premise of Sexy Beach 3 is simple: there is a beautiful island called Sexy Island; you, the nameless hero...

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