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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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Windows (2010)

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So Many Girls So Little Time Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

So Many Girls So Little Time is a time management simulation that tasks the player with successfully dating as many...

Windows (1996)

Someone's in the Kitchen! is a point-and-click interactive kitchen for the whole family. In this kitchen, you'll find a lot...

Windows (2011)

A young photographer, hoping to make it big, is at a concert taking photos for the band. While he's working...

SoniComi: Communication with Sonico (Shokai Genteiban) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

This limited-edition release of SoniComi includes the game along with several bonus items: A "SuzuComi" drama CD A set of...

SoniPro: Super Sonico in Production Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014)

SoniPro is a management simulation and rhythm game featuring Nitroplus' mascot character Super Sonico. It plays much like a combination...

Sorority Life Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Sorority Life is a game very similar to Mafia Wars but tailored to a female audience. Like Mafia Wars the...

TurboGrafx CD (1993), PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1993)

Sotsugyō is the first game in the series, released only in Japan. It puts the player into a position of...

Sotsugyō: Graduation Real PC-FX Front Cover

PlayStation (1996) and PC-FX (1998)

A spin-off in the Sotsugyō/Graduation series, this game is just what its title implies: graduation with real people. Instead of...

Soul Ride Linux Front Cover

Linux (2003) and Windows (2000)

A backcountry snowboarding "simulation". The terrains are based on the topography of real mountains: Mammoth Mountain in California and Tuckerman...

Sound, Graphics & Aircraft Upgrade for Microsoft Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This is an update to Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0) which includes: Four new aircraft types: Concorde SST, P-51D, Laird Turner...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

Southern Belle is a simulation game allowing you to drive a steam train from London Victoria Station to Brighton, shortly...

Space Bucks Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1996)

You start the game by choosing your race, they each have thier own advantages and disadvantages. You then choose which...

Space Colony Windows Front Cover Lenticular which creates autostereoscopy

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

In the future, mankind expands through the galaxy, and corporations race to exploit every planet they can. You are the...

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Enter Space Combat, a space simulator where all of the laws of physics are accurately applied to your vehicle.You enter...

Windows (2003)

Space Empires: Starfury is a new installment in the long-lasting Space Empires series. No more tiny 2D graphics this time...

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Spaceforce: Rogue Universe is space simulation in which the player has to make a living in space. Like other games...

Space Hunter Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

There is no food left on earth, and none of the previous expeditions into space have retrieved any, perhaps due...

Space Interceptor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

You take the role of an spaceship pilot set in the 3rd millennium. Your mission is to work for a...

Space M+A+X DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986) and Amiga (1992)

Space M+A+X is a strategy game in which the player constructs and manages a commercial space station; similar to Project:...

Space Raiders Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981)

Space Raiders is an early Star Raiders clone. You begin the game viewing a map of the galaxy, which shows...

Space Rogue DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), Apple II (1989), Macintosh (1989), PC-98 (1990), FM Towns (1990) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

The Princess Blue was a trading vessel. While cruising through space, it happened upon a derelict ship floating in space....

Space Shuttle: A Journey into Space Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 2600 (1983), Apple II (1985), Atari 5200 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Space Shuttle is a simulation game where you are the pilot of space shuttle Discovery. Your goal is to launch...

Space Sirens 2: Megababes from Ajia Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Space Sirens 2: Megababes from Ajia is an interactive adult title completely told from a first-person perspective. The many adult...

Space Spartans Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1982)

Like the ancient Spartans that fought (and won) the Persian army in the battle of the Thermopylae, you are the...

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