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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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Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Deluxe Edition of Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific is limited to 3,000 units worldwide and contains: Silent...

Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific - U-Boat Missions Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

U-Boat Missions is the first official add-on for Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific.In 1943 the Japanese High Command...

Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

In the fifth installment of the Silent Hunter series, the game returns to the Atlantic-setting and puts the player back...

Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The Collector's Edition includes: Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic The official guide which contains all the relevant information...

Silent Hunter: Commander's Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Silent Hunter Commander's Edition is the compilation of the original Silent Hunter and patrol disks (expansion packs) 1, 2, and...

Silent Hunter II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Silent Hunter II: World War II U-Boat Combat Simulator is the sequel to Strategic Simulations acclaimed Silent Hunter. The game...

Silent Hunter III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Silent Hunter III players take command of a German U-Boat (submarine), operating in the Atlantic Ocean during World War...

Silent Hunter Patrol Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

The first Patrol Disk for the submarine simulation Silent Hunter adds two new patrol zones for the career mode to...

DOS (1997)

The second add-on disk to the submarine simulation Silent Hunter features similar content as the first: there are two new...

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The fourth installment of the Silent Hunter series takes the player back to were it all began in 1996 with...

Silent Service DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), PC Booter (1985), Amiga (1986), NES (1989), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1986), Apple IIgs (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986), PC-98 (1989) and Thomson TO (1987)

You are now a member of the Silent Service, the US Navy Submarine command. For a long while after Pearl...

Silent Service II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

World War II is raging. The US has suffered an attack at Pearl Harbor, and most of its battleships are...

Silent Thunder: A-10 Tank Killer II Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Silent Thunder: A-10 Tank Killer II is the sequel to A-10 Tank Killer.The game simulates the Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II,...

Silkolene Honda Motocross GP Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Honda GP is a Motocross sim that stands between being a full bare-bones sim and an arcade racer. You have...

SimAnimals Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Serving to launch a new series of videogames in the Sims franchise, SimAnimals features many elements of the classic Sims...

SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Windows 3.x (1991), SNES (1993), Amiga (1992), Macintosh (1991), PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1993) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

SimAnt explores the detail of the lives of ants, as you take full control of an ant colony. Build up...

SimCity DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1992), SNES (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990), Amstrad CPC (1989), Palm OS (2000), Macintosh (1989), Wii (2006), CDTV (1991), BBC Micro (1990), Electron (1990), PC-98 (1990), FM Towns (1990), Sharp X68000 (1990) and Acorn 32-bit (1993)

SimCity sets you as the mayor of a new municipality, with the responsibility of building and maintaining a place where...

SimCity iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

This version of SimCity is a handheld-port of SimCity 3000. The graphics as well as the overall gameplay-mechanics remain the...

SimCity 2000 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1994), PlayStation (1996), Nintendo 64 (1998), Game Boy Advance (2003), SNES (1995), Amiga (1994), SEGA Saturn (1995), PSP (2009), Windows Mobile (2001), Macintosh (1993), PlayStation 3 (2008), PC-98 (1994), FM Towns (1994) and Acorn 32-bit (1994)

SimCity 2000 is the successor to the city simulation game Sim City. You are once again the mayor, but this...

SimCity 2000: CD Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1994)

This collection includes SimCity 2000, SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters and the SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit (city...

SimCity 2000: Includes Scenarios Volume 1 Great Disasters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Macintosh (1995) and PC-98 (1995)

This release of SimCity 2000 includes the add-on SimCity 2000 Scenarios Vol. I: Great Disasters.

SimCity 2000: Network Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Like the original "SimCity 2000" for Windows95 game, but with added 'network support' for more than one person. Play as...

SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters is an expansion pack for SimCity 2000. This particular addition adds a total of 10...

SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Windows 3.x (1994)

SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit is an add-on to SimCity 2000. It's an utility that allows the user to modify...

SimCity 3000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

As a mayor, it is your job to manage your city. It starts off empty, but will grow. You can...

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