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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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ZX Spectrum (1983)

The game of snooker was surging in popularity in the early 80s, and this was one of the first interpretations...

Windows (1998)

Snooker 147 is a single player shareware snooker simulation. It was sold commercially but it, and it's companion game Poolster...

Snowboard Park Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Snowboard Park Tycoon is more of a first-person snowboarding action game than a tycoon game. Players have the option to...

Snow Strike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You must fly an F14-LBC "Rapier" on a series of missions all along Colombia. You've land missions like free flight,...

DOS (1998)

The Soaring Simulator 3 is a flight simulator focusing on gliders (also known as "sail-planes") - aircraft that have no...

Soccer Champ Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Soccer Champ is aimed at young football fans. In the management simulation players have the job of accompanying an up-and-coming...

DOS (1989)

Take the role as team manager of a UK football (soccer) team in The Soccer Game. Choose from one hundred...

Windows (2002)

In this number-crunching soccer simulation game, you take on the role as the coach, manager and chairman of a club....

Amiga (1989)

Soccer Manager Plus is a managerial soccer simulation. The player takes control over a team from the second division and...

Soccer Manager Pro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Soccer Manager Pro is to a great extend the same game as its predecessor Soccer Manager: The player is still...

Amiga (1992), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1992)

Soccer Pinball is a pinball game with eight round split across three tables. On the soccer-themed levels, a 'goal' is...

Soccer Team Manager DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Your primary role is to manage a soccer team, and watch as they develop after each match, which earns or...

DOS (1989)

In this educational trading simulator the player takes on the role of a maritime merchant in the Eastern Mediterranean, sailing...

Browser (2010)

Social City is as the name implies a social game on Facebook. The goal in the game is to found...

SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

SOCOM II is the sequel to the hit tactical action game SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALS. SOCOM II like the original...

Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher Browser Front Cover

Browser (2013)

In Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher you play the role of Socrates Jones - an accountant from New York, with no...

SODA Off-Road Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Choose from buggy, 2WD truck, or 4WD truck, and participate in authentic Short-Course Off-Road Drivers Association (SODA) circuit races! Adjust...

DOS (1985)

In the shadowy dives of Hoboken, New York, a lust-crazed man seals a final tryst with an old flame on...

Software Manager DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

In this game, you run your own software company. Your responsibility is to hire and fire programmers and artists, buy...

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

An unusual simulation by the maker of Football Manager; here you manage a computer games company. Your task is --...

Linux (2005), Windows (2001), Amiga (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Software Tycoon lets you try your hands on managing a game development company. You start your business in the early...

Sold Out PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Sold Out is a Japan-exclusive "band simulation" video game published by Shinko Music. Until today it was the only game...

DOS (1991)

Solidarność is a political simulation of the Polish underground freedom movement that culminated in the Solidarity trade union in 1980....

Solid State Pinball: Jinni Zeala Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Jinni Zeala is another pinball simulator by LittleWing. The game has one table with a "1001 Nights" middle-eastern theme. The...

Solitaire Deluxe Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1996)

This version of Computer Card Solitaire contains 24 different games, including: Calculation, Forty Thieves, Four Corners, Golf, Klondike, La Nivernaise,...

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