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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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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 Linux Front Cover 1st version

Linux (2014), 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 Linux Front Cover 1st version

Linux (2014), 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...

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), Thomson TO (1987) and Thomson MO (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...

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