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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DOS (1994)

Royal Flush is a simulation of the real life pinball machine of the same name by Gottlieb. The main focus...

RS3: Racing Simulation Three Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002) and GameCube (2002)

Racing Simulation 3 is already Ubisoft's fourth F1 game release. Racing Simulation 3 is without the FIA license, so you...

RTL Biathlon 2007 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

RTL Biathlon 2007 is a simulation of the winter biathlon sport, combining two disciplines: cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. The...

Windows (2000)

RTL Boxen Extra: Der Boxmanager is a managerial simulation named after a German television show. The player is the owner...

Ruben & Lullaby iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2009)

In Ruben & Lullaby the player is called in as a spectator when the lovers Ruben and Lullaby are having...

The Rubicon Alliance Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

In this intergalactic 3D action-flight-simulation your mission is to save the Rubicon, an constructed anti-matter zone that was made by...

DOS (1991)

Rubik Cube is a shareware single player puzzle game.The game is entirely keyboard controlled. there are two modes of play,...

DOS (1982)

Rubik's Cube is a simulation of the popular puzzle game. You are given a cube where each side is broken...

Rubik's Cube Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the invention of the spatial geometry toy by Hungarian Ernő Rubik, this Doodle presents a...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1989)

Time to head to the north of England and manage a rugby league team. You view the game sat in...

Ruins Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Ruins is a game where the player controls a dog in a small, desolate location filled with a piano, a...

Rules of Engagement DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

A mouse-driven starship command simulation, with a user interface known as LYCAR, and similar to the LCARS system from the...

Rules of Engagement 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

Rules of Engagement 2 is a mouse-driven starship command simulation in which the player assigns ships and captains to task...

Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In Rune Factory 2 the player, Kyle by default, is an amnesiac who wanders into the town of Alvarna and...

Nintendo DS (2010)

In Rune Factory 3 the player, Micah by default, is an amnesiac who wanders into the town of Sharance and...

Rune Factory 4 Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2013)

Rune Factory 4 begins with the male or female protagonist on an airship, sent to deliver something important to a...

Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

As a wanderer in a town called Kardia, you are discovered by a mysterious girl named "Mist". She, seeing potential...

Rune Factory: Frontier Wii Front Cover

Wii (2008)

Rune Factory Frontier's story begins with the hero Raguna traveling to the village of Trampoli in search of his missing...

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation 3 (2011) and Wii (2011)

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny introduces you to two new protagonists, Aden and Sonja who, due to mysterious circumstances are...

Run for Gold Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Run For Gold is a single player athletics game in which the player trains two athletes for middle distance running,...

DOS (1987)

A traffic control simulation in which the player must manage the flow of vehicles throughout a busy city block, during...

DOS (1990)

A shareware game, based freely on Avalon Hill & Co's board game "Panzerblitz".If you know this game, or any similar...

Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

Russia: The Great War in the East 1941-1945 is a turn & hex-based wargame. The player takes the role of...

Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1989)

RVF Honda puts you on board a realistically-modeled RC30 bike, with the task of becoming world champion. Initially you race...

PlayStation (1996)

Pinball, a game that has been around since the 1930s, has been translated into video game format once again, this...

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