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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 (2006)

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Commodore PET/CBM (1981)

Safe! is a safe cracking game. The player is presented with a safe which is locked by a random combination....

Windows (2000)

Safe Cracker is the fourth in a series of pinball simulators from Software Illusions.This is a three reel slot machine...

DOS (1993)

Safe Opening Simulator is quite accurately described by its title: This program is a simulation that lets you open safes.At...

Sai Combat Amstrad CPC Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Sai Combat features real-life combat, in the Japanese style of Sai Karate AKA Kendo. The difference from standard karate is...

Sail Simulator 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Sail Simulator 4 is a sailboat simulation, it is a single player game with a multiplayer option for on-line play,The...

Saints & Sinners Bingo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Saints & Sinners Bingo is a single player shareware game based on a fictional American Bingo circuit with the player...

SakaTsuku 2002: J.League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurō! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2002)

SakaTsuku 2002 is one of the many titles in Sega's long-running football management sim series, and the first to appear...

Sally's Spa Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), BREW (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2009), BlackBerry (2009), Android (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

After founding her wildly successful salon franchise, Sally decides to take a vacation. While on vacation, she meets a friend...

Salt Lake 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and Game Boy Advance (2002)

The only official licensed game of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter games.Take part in Mens' Alpine Skiing Downhill, Ladies'...

San Diego Scenery Add-on Pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

The Scenery San Diego Add-on pack is simply another Add-on pack for Microsoft's Flight Sim Game. It has airports in...

Sands of Fire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Macintosh (1989)

Sands of Fire takes you to the scorching deserts of Northern Africa, where you drive one of the available Allied...

Sandwarriors DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This is an arcade sci/fi flight game similar in style to "Inca" series, but with an ancient Egyptian setting (like...

Wii (2009)

Sandy Beach is a relaxation game released through the Nintendo WiiWare service for the Wii. Up to two players can...

San Francisco: Scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator v.5.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

This unofficial scenery disk for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 5 brings you the full spectrum of San Francisco's area. Soar...

Genesis (1991)

Sangokushi Retsuden is a turn-based strategy game set in Three Kingdoms-era China. The game takes place on one large map...

Sankyo Fever Vol. 3 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Sankyo Fever Vol. 3 is a single player simulation of five Pachinko machines from Sankyo. These are:CR Fever Powerful EXCR...

PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

A nameless otaku (which roughly corresponds to the English geek, albeit with a focused "nerdiness" in all things anime) encounters...

Santa Paravia and Fiumaccio DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Windows (1999), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1988), Apple II (1979), TRS-80 (1978), Macintosh (2003) and Browser (2006)

An intermediary step in complexity between the brutally basic HAMURABI and more sophisticated modern titles such as Civilization, Santa Paravia...

PlayStation (1999)

Sanyō Pachinko Paradise is the first title in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features reproductions of two pachinko machines...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Pachinko Paradise 10 is one of the many titles in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features faithful 3D recreations...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Pachinko Paradise 11 is one of the many titles in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features faithful 3D recreations...

Sanyō Pachinko Paradise 2: Umi Monogatari Special PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Pachinko Paradise 2 is the second title in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features reproductions of four pachinko machines...

PlayStation (2000)

Pachinko Paradise 3 is the third title in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features reproductions of three pachinko machines...

Sanyō Pachinko Paradise 4: Sushiya da Gen-san!! PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Pachinko Paradise 4 is one of the many titles in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features reproductions of three...

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