User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

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.).
Viewing Page 163 of 209 (items 4051-4075 of 5213) Previous | Next
sorted in ascending orderGame Title
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...

SimEarth: The Living Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Windows 3.x (1990), SNES (1991), Amiga (1992), SEGA CD (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1993), Macintosh (1990), Wii (2009), PC-98 (1991), FM Towns (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

SimEarth puts you in charge of an entire planet throughout its 10 billion year lifespan. Your ultimate task is to...

SimFarm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1996), Macintosh (1993), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Take control and manage a virtual farm, buying and selling lifestock and planting and maintaning crops. There is a changing...

SimHealth DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

SimHealth has a rather serious subject matter: the debate in the summer of 1994 over what kind of health care...

SimIsle: Missions in the Rainforest DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Save or develop the rainforest in a variety of different scenarios ranging over 40 different isles with different people to...

SimLife DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Windows 3.x (1992), Amiga (1993) and Macintosh (1992)

A complex game in which you can create your own ecosystems, animals or vegetables, then watch them eat, evolve, mate,...

Sim Mania 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

A collection of six Sim-themed games from Maxis and Bullfrog. This collection includes the four games from the previously released...

Windows 3.x (1991)

Simon is a simple implementation of Ralph Baer's electronic game Simon (itself an adaptation of Atari's ill-fated Touch Me); iconic...

SimPark Windows Front Cover

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

Made by Maxis, the company famous for its line of "Sim" games, SimPark deals with the simulation and management of...

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World NES Front Cover

Amiga (1993), NES (1991), Atari ST (1993), Game Gear (1993) and SEGA Master System (1993)

This game is actually a compilation of smaller games belonging to different genres. Krusty the clown appears in the beginning...

The Simpsons: Tapped Out iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2013) and iPad (2012)

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a persistent world game set in Springfield. The game starts with a parody of itself,...

Windows (2008)

The Sims 2: Apartment Life (Limited Collection) contains: The Sims 2: Apartment Life (expansion pack)The Sims 2: Double Deluxe

The Sims 2: Apartment Life Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Sims 2: Apartment Life is an expansion pack for The Sims 2, in which your Sims can now live...

The Sims 2: Apartment Pets Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

In The Sims 2: Apartment Pets, you're living in your Uncle Bill's apartment. He gave the permission to change any...

The Sims 2: Bon Voyage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Bon Voyage is the sixth edition in expansion pack for the original The Sims 2. Similar to the Vacation add-on...

The Sims 2: Castaway Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

The game is about surviving on an uncharted island. You control a character that has been washed ashore and help...

The Sims 2: Castaway PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007) and Wii (2007)

The Sims 2: Castaway is a continuation of the Sims 2 universe. This time around the player takes control of...

The Sims 2: Celebration! Stuff Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

An expansion pack for The Sims 2 that let's you add stuff to spruce up your Sims' special occasions. Some...

The Sims 2 Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

This re-release of The Sims 2 includes: The Sims 2 The Sims 2: Nightlife (second expansion) Bonus DVD (tips &...

The Sims 2: Double Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This is a compilation that includes: The Sims 2 (base game) The Sims 2: Nightlife (expansion pack) The Sims 2:...

The Sims 2: Family Fun Stuff Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2007)

This extension adds new furniture, clothing, and decoration. There are 60 new items that includes castle beds, king chairs, wooden...

The Sims 2: FreeTime Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The Sims 2: FreeTime is an expansion pack for The Sims 2 that includes new games and activities for your...

Goto Page: 156 | 157 | 158 | 159 | 160 | 161 | 162 | 163 | 164 | 165 | 166 | 167 | 168 | 169 | 170