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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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Game Boy Advance (2002)

Control Little Creek and Little Brook as you rescue the horses and return them to Homeland. Play across five environments,...

Spitfire '40 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1987) and Electron (1987)

This flight simulation sets you as a young Spitfire pilot in 1940, when World War 2 is hotting up in...

Spitfire Ace PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

Aerial combat over Europe in World War II. Man your Royal Marine Spitfire and defend London during the Blitz.

Windows (1999)

Splash Cash is the first in a series of pinball simulators from Software Illusions.This is a three reel slot machine...

Spore Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

In Spore the player has to accompany a new race through five stages of its evolution.First there is the Cell...

Spore Creature Creator Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

The Spore Creature Creator is, as the name suggests, a separate release of the editor with which the player can...

Spore Creatures Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Life begins as a simple Oogie, a primitive hatchling that falls into the ocean from a fallen spaceship. Soon, this...

Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Creepy & Cute Parts Pack is an items add-on to the original Spore game, similar to the Stuff expansions for...

Spore: Galactic Adventures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Spore: Galactic Adventures is the first real add-on to Spore and focuses solely on the space phase of the game...

Spore Galactic Adventures Bundle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Spore Galactic Adventures Bundle includes: Spore (main game) Spore: Galactic Adventures (add-on)

Spore (Galactic Edition) Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

The Galactic Edition includes: Spore "The Making of Spore"-DVD National Geographic Channel Documentation "How To Build A Better Being" Art...

Spore Hero Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Spore Hero is the first appearance of the Spore franchise on the Nintendo Wii platform. This title merges both simulation...

Spore Island Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Spore Islands is a Facebook game that extends the core themes and mechanics of Spore into a persistent multiplayer game....

Spore + Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

This compilation includes: Spore (base game) Spore: Creepy & Cute Parts Pack (content add-on)

Sportfischen Professional Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Sportfischen Professional is a 3D fishing simulation with 7 large fishing areas and 15 fresh water fish species, each with...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

A football game aimed at younger kids. Features player development, trading, team management, all mixed into arcade style play. The...

DOS (1992)

Sports Trivia is a shareware quiz game for one to four players. It is one of a series of quizzes...

Windows (1998)

Sports TV: Boxing! is a managerial simulation. The player is the owner of a small boxing promoting firm and forms...

Spreng- und Abriss-Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In Spreng- und Abriss-Simulator the player takes control over several demolition machines. All of the missions are divided into two...

Spycraft: The Great Game DOS Front Cover

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

As a new CIA operative, you've been called to Washington. Apparently a Russian candidate for president was assassinated (read: shot)...

Windows (2001)

Based essentially the entire Vietnam conflict, John Tiller's Squad Battles: Vietnam recounts the many battles between the U.S. Army, Marines,...

SSN-21 Seawolf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Through 33 different missions (which you can play in any order or as part of a campaign), you control the...

Stair Dismount iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

They said it couldn't be done, but the juicy Finnish brains behind the "dismount" franchise went back to the drawing...

Windows (2000)

After many years away from making computer simulations, designer and historian Ed Bever returns to the field with Stalin's Dilemma....

Stand O'Food Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

Stand O'Food is a fastfood restaurant simulator with where you need to cook up veggie, omelet, beef, chicken or fish...

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