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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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Game Boy (1998), Game Boy Color (1998) and WonderSwan (1999)

This is a portable edition of the solitaire game Shanghai, the game uses traditional Mah Jong tiles. The aim of...

Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

In Shark the player takes on the role of a killer shark at a public swimming beach. The goal is...

Shelter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

In Shelter, the player takes control of a mother badger who has to protect her cubs from the dangers of...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SEGA CD (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Macintosh (1992), CDTV (1991) and FM Towns (1991)

In this game, the player is cast into the roles of Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional detective of all times,...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and iPad (2012)

This game, the first mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

This game, the second mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

This game, the third mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In this third installment of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective your task is to solve three separate crimes by visiting various...

Sherman M4 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Sherman M4 is a 3D tank simulator. It is set in World War II and includes 3 campaigns; Normandy, Ardennes...

TurboGrafx CD (1996)

The sequel to Shinsetsu Shiawase Usagi features the same characters: the nameless main hero and the two school girls: the...

Shinsō Kaiten!! Wan Wan Umi Monogatari: Sanyō Pachinko Paradise DX PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (2001), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

Pachinko Paradise DX is the final PS1 release in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features reproductions of three pachinko...

Ship Simulator 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Ship Simulator 2006 contains nine different types of boats, from sports boats to heavy container transporters and even the Titanic....

Windows (2006)

This collector's edition, exclusively available at the UK online shop GAME, comes on 2 CDs and includes the following:Ship Simulator...

Windows (2007)

Ship Simulator 2006 Professional is a high-priced bundle that incorporates both Ship Simulator 2006 and The Official Ship Simulator 2006...

Ship Simulator 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In the 2008 edition of the Ship Simulator series players can manoeuvre ships in different kinds of environments. The stress...

Ship Simulator 2008 Add-on: New Horizons Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

New Horizons is an expansion for Ship Simulator 2008 and requires the original game to play. It introduces eight new...

Ship Simulator 2008 (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This collector's edition includes: Ship Simulator 2008 (base game) Ship Simulator 2008 Add-on: New Horizons (expansion) 70+ page Captain's Journal...

Ship Simulator Extremes Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Ship Simulator Extremes is a game which focuses on a realistic simulation of boats and ships. The game is a...

Shirley Muldowney's Top Fuel Challenge Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

This is a drag racing simulator, named for Shirley Muldowney, a three-time world champion in the sport of "Professional Top...

DOS (1991)

Shogi Master is a computer version of the board game of shōgi, for one player (against the computer), or two...

Shopping Centre Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Shopping Centre Tycoon is a managerial simulation where the player builds and manages a mall. The game is played similar...

Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1983) and ZX80 (2012)

Shop Steward is a simulation of UK industrial relations in the 1970s. It deals with trades union activity at a...

Windows (2006)

Showcase Snooker is a 1- or 2-player Snooker game with arcade physics that allows you to take on an AI...

Genesis (2001)

Show do Milhão is based on a Brazilian TV game show by the same name, hosted by Silvio Santos, a...

Genesis (2001)

Show do Milhão Volume 2 is a sequel to Show do Milhão, a game based on a Brazilian TV game...

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