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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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Space Trader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Space Trader is easy to learn, but a challenge to master. Your goal is to make as much money as...

Space Trader Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Palm OS (2000)

Space Trader as the name implies is about trading products in space. It involves a turn-based system where fuel is...

Apple II (1982)

In Space Vikings the player flies a space craft with the ability to shoot at other ships. The goal of...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Spacewar is an unlicensed simulation game that takes place in the Star Wars universe. The player takes control of Han...

Amiga (1989)

In this Amiga take on the classic vector game, two ships are controlled by two players, flying around a sun,...

Spaceward Ho! IV Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Spaceward Ho! IV is an updated version of the classic spaceploitation strategy game. A host of new features are added...

Browser (1998)

Spades is based on the 4-player card game with the same name which gained popularity in the middle of the...

The Sparkle 2: Evo Linux Front Cover

Linux (2011), Windows (2011), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

The Sparkle 2: Evo is a simulation game on the evolution of a microscopic organism, noticeably similar to the first...

Spartan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Spartan is an empire building Turn Based Strategy game. While the Spartans were known for their strength in combat, the...

Spearhead Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This is a tank combat simulation from the makers of iM1A2 Abrams focusing more on arcade action than simulation.The premise...

The Speccy CD 1996: 1997 Version Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Amiga (1996)

The Speccy CD 1996: 1997 Version is a compilation of games for the Spectrum and the Commodore. It claims to...

Special Edition Fly! 2K Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Special Edition Fly! 2K is a fully featured version of Fly! 2K but with only the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and...

Special Edition Pinball Dreams Pinball Fantasies Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, the 2 pinball simulations come together in this compilation, making for a total of 8...

Atari ST (1988)

Speculator is a trading simulator. Try to make as much money as possible on the commodity market. Watch the market...

Speed Challenge: Jacques Villeneuve's Racing Vision Windows Front Cover

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

You can choose your futuristic car, but this doesn't really matter. Only your drive skills.Now you can try a game...

Windows (2009)

Speedway Liga is a motorcycle speedway simulation game. It features 24 real teams and 13 tracks from Poland, one of...

Spent Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

A revamp of concepts presented in the earlier Hobson's Choice, this browser game about homelessness and the working poor opens...

Spice World PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

This game was released when they were at the peak of their success and before Geri left! Choose your favourite...

Spin Ball Vectrex Front Cover

Vectrex (1983)

Spin Ball is a pinball simulation game. The games pinball table comes complete with a variety of bumpers, spinners, and...

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...

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