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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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Commodore 64 (2008)

Shredz64 is a game modelled against the mechanics of Guitar Hero to play music on a guitar controller. Players need...

Shrine: Circus Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Shrine: Circus Tycoon is a economical simulation where the player manages a circus. As usual the player has a building...

Atari 2600 (1983)

You must get ten parts from an orbiting factory to an incomplete space station. Unfortunately, a comet passed near Earth...

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1982), Dragon 32/64 (1983), BBC Micro (1983), Electron (1984) and Oric (1983)

This game is an early simulation of NASA's space shuttle, on a mission to retrieve a failed satellite. Most of...

Shuttle: The Space Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

An old, but very realistic space shuttle simulator. The package contains, in addition to two game disks, a very thick...

Side Pocket Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1990), SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), NES (1987), Game Gear (1994), WonderSwan (1999), Nintendo 3DS (2011) and Arcade (1986)

The main objective is to cross different USA cities and reach the predetermined scores to go ahead. But remember: you'll...

Side Show Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1978)

A collection of six BASIC games individually loadable from tape: Apple Tree: two baskets are on either side of the...

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2000)

After the 20th century, humankind reaches its hand out across the stars. Seeking to escape the overcrowded chaos of Earth,...

Sid Meier's Civilization III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

Sid Meier's Civilization III is a turn-based game where the objective is to rule the planet. Players control one of...

Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Play the World is a multiplayer expansion to Civilization III. It adds new cultures, units, and scenarios to the original...

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2009)

Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization is both a stand-alone addon for Sid Meier's Civilization IV and a remake of Sid...

Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution is a handheld version of the console ports, based on Civilization IV for the PC. As...

Sid Meier's Civilization: Revolution iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2012)

Civilization: Revolution is a turn-based strategy game for smart phones, and the third incarnation of the title. While it does...

Sid Meier's Civilization V: Explorer's Map Pack Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Explorer’s Map Pack is download content for Civilization V which includes ten new single-player maps. Five of these are based...

Sid Meier's Colonization DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (1995), Amiga (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Sid Meier's Colonization is a strategy game which puts you in the role of Viceroy of the New World. You...

Sid Meier's Covert Action DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows (2014), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (2014)

As special agent Maximilian (or Maxine) "Max" Remington, you are the premier anti-terror agent in the world. CIA have received...

Sid Meier's Railroads! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2012)

Sid Meier's Railroads! can be considered the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3, except that the original creator Sid Meier had...

Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Macintosh (1991), PC-98 (1991) and FM Towns (1993)

With $100000 in the bank after taking out loans and selling stocks, it's time to start a railroad! Choose from...

Sid Meier's SimGolf Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Now is your chance to build and manage your very own golf course. Build the layout of each hold in...

Sierra's 3-D Helicopter Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

In 3-D Helicopter Simulator, fly the McDonnell Douglas AH-64A Apache attack helicopter. The game allows the player to fly over...

Sierra's Fliegende Asse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This flight compilation contains the following two Sierra games: Pro Pilot '99 Red Baron 3-D

Silent Hunter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Silent Hunter is a World War II U.S. Fleet Submarine Combat Simulator. As a commander of a U.S. submarine in...

Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This Collector's edition includes: Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific Special packaging Original game soundtrack by Rod Abernethy and...

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...

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