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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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DOS (1994)

A set of 21 missions called "The Grimnada Mystery" for Star Crusader (floppy/CD). Also sold with the speech pack, but...

Starflight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Macintosh (1990)

A long time ago, a great empire comprised of Humans, Velox, Thrynn and Elowan ruled the stars. The Empire's currency...

Starflight 1+2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

This digitally distributed game collection includes: Starflight Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula

Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Following the events of the first Starflight, the galaxy is at relative peace. The balance of power is disrupted when...

SNES (1993)

Star Fox Competition Weekend Edition is a rare version of Star Fox (StarWing in Europe) that was sold as a...

Starglider DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

The Planet Novenia has been attacked by the Egrons, who snuck in by disguising their craft as the protected Starglider...

Starglider 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Macintosh (1989) and PC-98 (1991)

More space combat and strategy in this sequel, which challenges you to collect the elements to form a bomb to...

Starlancer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

Sometime in the distant future, the human race is divided in to two factions: the ruthless Eastern Coalition (Russia), and...

Starlight Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Starlight, inspired by coign of vantage, players need to form signs in the sky watching the starts at night....

StarLines Inc. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

StarLines Inc. is a strategy game that puts the player in command of a fleet of starships carrying passengers and...

Starlord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1994)

Starlord is a game of exploration and conquest from Mike Singleton, the author of the similarly-focused Midwinter and The Lords...

Star Luster Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1994) and Arcade (1985)

In Star Luster, the player controls Dan Heinick, a pilot of the starfighter Gaia. He is tasked with having to...

Starpoint Gemini Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Starpoint Gemini is a combination of RPG, simulation and tactical strategy. It is set in a science-fiction version of the...

Star Quest I in the 27th Century DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Star Quest I in the 27th Century is a shareware space combat flight simulation game developed by the Canadian company,...

Star Raiders Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1986), Atari 2600 (1982), Atari 5200 (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1979)

As the pilot of an interstellar starship, your mission is to destroy all enemy spacecraft on the galactic chart and...

Star Raiders II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The Zylons have returned to attack the Celos IV star system. In this 3D shoot-'em-up, the player takes control of...

Star Rangers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The premise behind this game is that of a western, but set in the future, and in space. There is...

STAR Scenery Disk: San Francisco & The Bay Area Commodore 64 Front Cover

Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

STAR Scenery Disk: San Francisco Area is a scenery add-on for subLOGIC Flight Simulator II, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 and...

Windows (2004)

Starshatter brings together some of the most popular features of space and flight sim games into a single game. The...

DOS (1984)

This game's author, all of whose games deal in some fashion with space exploration, felt a certain systemic turn-based pause...

Starship Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Starship Tycoon is a sci-fi management/strategy game that puts you in charge of your own galactic shipping corporation.You build your...

Starsiege Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Prometheus, father of all Cybrids, instigator of the first two Earthsieges, is still out there somewhere. The Dark Intellect has...

Windows (2008)

Stars over Half Moon Bay is the second art game by Rod Humble, head of EA's Sims studio. It was...

Starstrike II ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

In Realtime's previous Starstrike game (not to be confused with Star Strike), the evil Outsiders attacked the Federation and had...

Startopia Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Startopia is a real-time strategy/city management game. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it is your job to rebuild the once-thriving...

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