User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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 166 of 209 (items 4126-4150 of 5220) Previous | Next
sorted in ascending orderGame Title
The Sims: Complete Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2006)

This is a collection of the original Sims games, all in one release.The compilation includes: The Sims The Sims: Livin'...

The Sims: Deluxe Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Sims: Deluxe Edition combines the original game with the first expansion pack, Livin' Large, on to two CD's.Included in...

Windows (2005)

Two of The Sims expansions packaged together: The Sims: Unleashed The Sims: House Party

Windows (2005)

2 of The Sims expansions packaged together.The Sims: Vacation The Sims: Superstar

The Sims: Expansion Three-Pack Volume 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

3 of The Sims expansions packaged together.The Sims: Unleashed The Sims: Superstar The Sims: House Party

The Sims: Expansion Three-Pack Volume 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This package bundles 3 expansions for The Sims:The Sims: Hot Date The Sims: Vacation The Sims: Makin' Magic

The Sims: Hot Date Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

This is an add-on for the Sims that adds a whole new dimension to the game. Finally you are able...

The Sims: House Party Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

The Sims: House Party is an add-on pack for The Sims and is all about, well, parties. Everything in it...

SimSig Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

SimSig is a freeware train simulator of modern UK railway signalling systems, from the point of view of a railway...

The Sims: Life Stories Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Life Stories is the first title in the The Sims Stories series, part of the larger Sims franchise. Unlike the...

The Sims: Livin' Large Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

The official add-on of the The Sims. Livin' Large adds plenty more to your Sims adventure, including new objects (furniture,...

The Sims: Makin' Magic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

In the seventh and final expansion pack for The Sims, Makin' Magic lets you give your Sims the ability to...

The Sims: Medieval - Pirates & Nobles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

The extension for the game The Sims: Medieval starts with the arrival of the pirates from Aarbyville and the nobles...

The Sims: Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Sims Online takes the gameplay from The Sims and brings it into a consistent online universe, where all the...

The Sims: Pet Stories Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Pet Stories is the second game in the The Sims Stories series, part of the larger Sims franchise. Unlike the...

Browser (2011)

The Sims Social is a human life simulation similar to the previous installments in the Sims series. The player controls...

The Sims Stories Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This compilation includes all the Sims Stories games. The three games included are: The Sims: Castaway Stories The Sims: Life...

The Sims: Superstar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

The Sims: Superstar is the sixth expansion pack to be released for The Sims and allows your Sims to become...

The Sims Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003) and Macintosh (2000)

The Sims is a real-time simulation game where you simulate the lives of one or more people in a family...

The Sims & The Sims Livin' It Up Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Sims & The Sims Livin' It Up is, as the title implies, a compilation of the following games:The Sims...

The Sims Triple Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is a compilation including The Sims, The Sims Creator, a disc of bonus content, and three expansion packs:The Sims:...

The Sims: Unleashed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

The Sims: Unleashed is the sixth expansion in the series, and adds a ton of new features.The most notable edition...

The Sims: Vacation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

The Sims: Vacation is the fourth expansion pack in the popular The Sims series.Vacation allows you to take your Sims...

Sim Theme Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2000), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Sim Theme Park is the sequel to Theme Park and the second game in the series. It is a theme...

Sim Theme Park (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Gold version of Sim Theme Park contains everything in the original, as well as extra rides and attractions. Just...

Goto Page: 159 | 160 | 161 | 162 | 163 | 164 | 165 | 166 | 167 | 168 | 169 | 170 | 171 | 172 | 173