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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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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...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1983)

Star Trek 64 is another adaptation of the mainframe game Star Trek. In this version written in BASIC, the player...

Star Trek: Bridge Commander Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The destruction of a nearby sun destroys a Starfleet research station, seriously damaging your ship and killing the captain in...

Star Trek: Klingon Academy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The sequel to Star Fleet Academy, Klingon Academy attempts to correct the faults of the previous game while allowing you...

Star Trek: Shattered Universe PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Star Trek fans will remember the 'Mirror, Mirror' episode, and its parallel universe whereby common facts of the Star Trek...

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Getting into Starfleet involves passing a knowledge exam, and also demonstrating your space combat and command skills. It is this...

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Chekov's Lost Missions Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Chekov's Lost Missions for Starfleet Academy features 7 new single player missions as well as two multiplayer missions, and several...

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy - Starship Bridge Simulator SNES Front Cover

SNES (1995) and SEGA 32X (1995)

Two years before the better-known computer game came this title, in which the aim is to successfully complete the space...

Star Trek: Starfleet Command (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Star Fleet Command, featuring additional 3 new Federation missions, 3 new Klingon missions, 10 new Hydran missions 7 new Gorn...

Star Trek: Starship Creator Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

As its title implies, Star Trek: Starship Creator allows players to create their own Star Trek-themed starships. Players can pick...

Game Boy (1993) and NES (1993)

Cadets at Starfleet Academy must spend some of their classes in the starship simulator. This year is a simulation of...

Game Gear (1994)

In Star Trek: TNG - AHT, the player will partake in a holodeck simulation on the U.S.S. Enterprise as the...

Star Trek: The Rebel Universe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Atari ST (1987) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Starfleet Command is attempting to contain a rapidly growing Federation mutiny in the Sagittarius Arm. Every Federation starship set to...

Start-Up 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In Start-Up, you get to control a new Hi-Tech company, while trying to survive as much as you can. You...

Star Wars Action Pack  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Included in this Star Wars compilation are the following 3 games: Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II Star...

Star Wars: Episode I - The Gungan Frontier Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

You are given the task of creating a new ecology for Gungan colonizers. In this game much like SimLife, you...

Star Wars: Galaxies - Episode III Rage of the Wookiees Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Rage of the Wookiees is the second expansion to the MMORPG Star Wars: Galaxies and it features a number of...

Star Wars: Galaxies - Jump to Lightspeed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The first expansion to the Star Wars Galaxies online game. This addition focuses on space and adds real-time space combat...

Star Wars: Galaxies - Starter Kit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

A compilation of the original Star Wars: Galaxies - An Empire Divided, plus Jump to Light Speed and Rage of...

Star Wars: Galaxies - The Complete Online Adventures Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This is a compilation of the Star Wars: Galaxies series with bonuses. In this you get: Star Wars: Galaxies -...

Star Wars: Galaxies - The Total Experience Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This Star Wars: Galaxies compilation contains the main game An Empire Divided and its two expansion packs Jump to Light...

Star Wars: Galaxies - Trials of Obi-Wan Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Jedi Master and Republic hero Obi-Wan Kenobi found himself in the...

Star Wars: Rebel Assault I & II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

A compilation package that containsRebel Assault Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2001)

Star Wars: Rogue Leader - Rogue Squadron II is the first Star Wars game to appear on a 6th-generation gaming...

Star Wars: Starfighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2001) and Xbox (2001)

Based on the events of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, there are three main characters: Rhys Dallows, Vana...

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