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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 (2012), PlayStation 3 (2012) and Wii (2012)

Schlag den Raab: Das 3. Spiel is the third game based off the German TV show Schlag den Raab (Beat...

Schlag den Raab: Das Spiel Android Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Schlag den Raab: Das Spiel is the first adaptation for mobile devices of the PC games series based on the...

SchoolMate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Kazuki Himura has recently returned to his homeland, Kimikage Island, and transferred to Himeyuri Academy. He comes from a family...

School Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Want to run your own school? Here is your chance!This game gives you the chance to build and run your...

Sci-Fi Pinball Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

A pinball simulator with five tables based on Sci-Fi Movies. Includes Predator, Aliens, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer tables, as...

The Scottish Open: Virtual Golf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

In the golf simulator you are allowed to win in Scottish Open on Championship Golf Courses, including The Bowery, Kilmarney,...

Game Gear (1994)

Scratch Golf is an overhead golfing sim that the player can play on two different golf courses either against three...

Screamer 4x4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Screamer 4x4 lets players loose on rough terrain in a range of modified off-road vehicles, ranging from the simple Land...

Screamer Rally DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Screamer Rally is a follow-up to Screamer 2. Like its predecessor, it is a rally-style arcade racing game. The player...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Seabattle is a parody of Sea Battle. The game starts out with exactly the same screen as the original, but...

TRS-80 (1980) and Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Seabattle is a strategic naval warfare game. The objective in the game is to destroy all enemy ships randomly placed...

Sea Dogs Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

A combination of role-playing, action, strategy and simulation reminiscent of Pirates!, Sea Dogs puts you on the bridge of a...

Atari ST (1989)

Sea Fisherman is a fishing simulator in which the player takes on ten of the top anglers from Britain in...

Sea Legends DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Sea Legends is pirate simulation game similar to Sid Meier's Pirates!. As Richard Gray, a young captain, the player has...

Seal Team DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Seal Team simulates American operations in the Vietnam war. Missions include Patrol (kill enemies), Ambush (kill enemies), Demolition (building or...

Seaman Dreamcast Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (1999)

Ever want to raise your own pet, starting with nothing but a tiny egg? How about raise him to be...

Sea Planes: Adventures for FS2002/2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 & 2004.The package contains five sea-airplanes, with some pre-made adventure flights...

DOS (1987)

Search and Destroy is a WWII-era naval simulator featuring a series of marine missions, all with the goal of defending...

Search and Rescue 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Search and Rescue 2 is the successor to the original Search and Rescue. It simulates a US Coast Guard Dolphin...

Search for the Titanic DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and Apple II (1991)

Search for the Titanic is an oceanographic simulation. You begin as an inexperienced oceanographer. You must build your reputation by...

Search & Rescue: Coastal Heroes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Coastal Heroes is Interactive Vision's fourth installment of their Search and Rescue series. This time around you can control one...

Search & Rescue: Vietnam Med Evac Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

From the people who created the critically acclaimed Search and Rescue Series comes the latest addition to the saga. Search...

Sea Rogue DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

In Sea Rogue you assume command of a five person treasure hunting team that searches possible underwater sites for sunken...

Season Ticket Baseball 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

A different style of baseball game, Season Ticket Baseball 2003 pits you as the general manager of your own baseball...

Game Boy Advance (2002)

"Sea Trader: Rise of Taipan" is a unique commodities trading game for the GameBoy Advance. Set against the backdrop of...

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