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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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B.A.S.E. jumping featuring Felix Baumgarntner Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

B.A.S.E. jumping featuring Felix Baumgarntner is a sports game which simulates base jumping which is a variant of parachuting. Instead...

DOS (1992)

Learn the secrets of bass fishing by casting off with Bass Class. In this simulation you will select all the...

SNES (1994)

Bassin's Black Bass is a fishing game endorsed by the professional fishing champion Hank Parker. It is another entry in...

BassMasters 2000 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999)

BassMasters 2000 is a fishing simulation game which counts a total of 4 modes and has a variety of customizable...

SNES (1995) and Genesis (1995)

This game consists of five 3-day tournaments at four lakes. The mission is to catch as much large bass as...

Bass Masters Classic Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

Bass Masters Classic is a game for the Game Boy Color in which you can participate in a bass fishing...

Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition SNES Front Cover

SNES (1996) and Genesis (1996)

This game is basically an update to Bass Masters Classic. Updates involve adding 6 pro fishermen, five different lakes instead...

Windows (1998)

Bass Masters Classic: Tournament Edition is a fishing simulation which, when it was released, billed itself as the only completely...

BASS Strike PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

BASS Strike was the first bass fishing title to hit the PlayStation 2 and features a license from the B.A.S.S....

Battalion Wars GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

You play in a fictional world, where war has erupted between the Frontiers and the Tundrans. You are ordered to...

Battle Command DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Battle Command is a 3D arcade/strategy game, loosely derived from the same developers' Carrier Command. In a near future alternate...

Battlecorps SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Battlecorps is a giant-mech game that takes place on a mining planet known as Mandlebrot's World. The colony supercomputer has...

Battlecruiser 3000AD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This is the original release of Battlecruiser 3000AD. An updated version was released in 1998 as Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0.In this...

Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Battlecruiser 3000AD v2.0 gives the player full control over a starship's every system, fighters and shuttles. Assign orders to over...

Windows (2001)

Battlecruiser Millennium is a genre mix between space simulation, economic simulation and first person shooter. The basic idea of the...

Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition) is the latest in the Battlecruiser series, and includes a variety of improvements over Battlecruiser Millennium....

Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII is the second expansion pack for Battlefield 1942. This time the expansion focuses on...

Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This mainly multiplayer focused expansion to Battlefield 1942 has you fighting with up to 64 fellow gamers during the least...

Battlefield 1942: World War II Anthology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This compilation contains: Battlefield 1942 (base game) Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome (add-on) Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII...

Battlefront Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Battlefront offers corps-level command of embattled Axis and Allied forces in World War II. As corps commanders, players issue orders...

Battleground 2: Gettysburg Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Tactical wargame focused on the North American Civil War that uses the time-honored Battleground game mechanics and a refined version...

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

The first game in Civil American War series of Battleground series presents realistic interpretation of the well-known historical battle. Collector's...

Battleground 3: Waterloo  Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

The second game in Napoleonic series of Battleground. You can change the history by winning the ultimate battle by Napoleon,...

Battleground 4: Shiloh Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

The second game in series of American Civil War returns us to the two days of April 6th and 7th,...

Battleground 5: Antietam Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

The third game in series of American Civil War. It includes eight scenario modules totalling some 25 scenarios. In the...

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