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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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SimCity 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

The most noticeable change in the fourth main game in the series comes through the new graphics, now in full...

SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2005)

This is simply a compilation fo SimCity 4 and SimCity 4: Rush Hour expansion pack. There are no extras that...

SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Rush Hour is the first expansion pack for SimCity 4.This expasion allows you to take complete control of your city...

Nintendo 64 (2000)

SimCity 64 continues Nintendo's use of the general SimCity game with their own addition of more cartoonish and Nintendo related...

SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow is DLC (download content) for SimCity (2013) and adds a futuristic look with new things to...

SimCity Classic Graphics DOS Front Cover

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

This is an update to the original SimCity Graphics Sets 1 and 2, and only works with SimCity Classic. This...

SimCity Creator Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

SimCity Creator is a revamped continuation of the SimCity universe with the same objective, to build the best city or...

SimCity Creator Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

SimCity Creator for the DS is a continuation of the long-running SimCity series. Build up or destroy your city; you...

SimCity Deluxe iPhone Front Cover iTunes icon

iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

SimCity Deluxe is the second version of SimCity for mobile devices. It is very similar in terms of gameplay, but...

SimCity De Luxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

This package is a combination of SimCity, SimCity: Terrain Editor and SimCity Architecture 1: Future Cities.

SimCity (Digital Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

The digital deluxe edition was only available online through Origin's online store. This edition contains: SimCity Heroes and Villains set...

SimCity DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

SimCity DS brings the classic series to the handheld consoles.As the Mayor placed in charge of running their own city,...

SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Macintosh (1995)

Build up your city and provide your citizens with what they need. Also enjoy the multimedia enhancements on the CD,...

SimCity Graphics Set 1: Ancient Cities DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1992)

This add-on for the original release of SimCity adds three different alternate looks to the game: Ancient Asia, Medieval Times...

SimCity Graphics Set 2: Future Cities DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1992)

This add-on for the original release of SimCity adds three different alternate looks to the game: Future U.S.A., Future Europe...

SimCity & Populous DOS Front Cover

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

This "double feature" brings two of the most popular games of the late 1980s. The Games are: Sim City and...

Browser (2012)

SimCity Social combines the city-building and city-management gameplay of previous titles in the series with social features and a microtransaction...

SimCity Societies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

If you are looking for SimCity 5, you should keep looking because SimCity Societies takes a completely different approach to...

SimCity Societies (Deluxe Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This compilation includes SimCity Societies and its add-on SimCity Societies: Destinations.

SimCity Societies: Destinations Windows Front Cover German version

Windows (2008)

SimCity Societies: Destinations is an expansion pack for SimCity Societies.This time around, the focus has shifted to building a tourism...

SimCity: Terrain Editor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1991), Macintosh (1989) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

SimCity: Terrain Editor enables you to edit your city's environment by placing rivers, lakes, islands, trees, etc. You can as...

SimClassics: 3 in 1 Pack Windows Front Cover

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

A Maxis compilation of games which features: SimCity Classic SimAnt SimFarm SimAnt and SimFarm are newly ported to Windows for...

SimCoaster Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

SimCoaster is the third and final game in the Theme Park series. It uses the same graphic engine as the...

Windows (2003)

This is a compilation of 4 Electronic Arts simulation games. The games are:The Sims Sim City 3000 Unlimited Sim Theme...

SimCopter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

SimCopter is a light helicopter flying simulator closely related to Sim City 2000. The player is a rookie helicopter pilot...

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