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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 (1999)

Stuka Dive Bomber is a Add-on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series which features the simulation of the...

Stunt Island DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Stunt Island was marketed as "The Stunt Flying and Filming Simulation". With over 50 aircraft (including the space shuttle) and...

Atari ST (1991)

ST Vegas is a collection of five common casino games: Roulette, Poker, Black Jack and Slots. At the start of...

Su-27 Flanker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1995)

SU-27 is a deep, challenging and extremely accurate sim starring one of Russia's premiere fighters in a variety of missions...

Su-27 Flanker (Squadron Commander's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A special edition/compilation of the groundbreaking air combat simulator and its add-on mission pack. The Commander's Edition includes version 1.5...

Sub Battle Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), TRS-80 CoCo (1988) and Macintosh (1987)

Sub Battle Simulator is set in World War 2, with the player on the American or German side. Six different...

Sub Command: Akula Seawolf 688(I) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Sub Command allows you to take control of the most deadly attack submarines in operation at the beginning of the...

DOS (1997)

Subhunt is a single-player shareware submarine game developed at the Laboratory for Recreational Computing at the University of North Texas....

Sub Hunt Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1981)

In Sub Hunt you control a group of four submarines one at a time. The goal is to destroy six...

DOS (1989)

This game allows the player to control a simulated United States attack submarine. The game is played in a hybrid...

Atari 2600 (1982)

You're the commander of a submarine in enemy waters. Use your skills, radar, and luck to take down the enemy...

Sub Mission PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987) and Apple II (1986)

An evil alien warlord has kidnapped two Earthlings, Peter and Sigourney. He agrees to free them only on one condition:...

Subwar 2050 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The year is 2050. Ocean is the next frontier, and war inevitably reached there. As an independent mercenary working for...

Subwar 2050: The Plot Deepens DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

An expansion disk for Subwar 2050, this features a few new subs and weapons across three new campaigns: The Bermuda...

Subway Simulator: Berlin • U7 - World of Subways 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

World of Subways 2: U-Bahn Simulator is a simulation of the U-7 Line in Berlin. Line 7 is the longest...

Sudden Strike II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Like its predecessor, Sudden Strike II is a real-time, strategic, tactical war game set during World War II.The game contains...

Suicide Strike Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

A side scroll single shooter aviation game which involves missions flown against an enemy headquarters that requires demolition. Your fuel...

SunDog: Frozen Legacy Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1985) and Apple II (1984)

You just inherited a one-man star freighter - the SunDog - from an uncle who died under mysterious circumstances. You...

Sunny Garcia Surfing PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Building upon the gameplay featured in Krome's Championship Surfer, Sunny Garcia Surfing is an updated and improved surfing simulation that...

Super Baseball 2020 Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1991)

In the year 2020, baseball finally evolved. There is no longer conventional professional baseball in 2020. Baseball designed by the...

Super Battletank SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (2000)

In February 1991, The United States of America sent troops into Kuwait and fought in armed combat against the forces...

Super Battletank 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

In this sequel to Super Battletank, the player takes control of the feared M1A2 Battletank in 16 missions centered in...

Superbike 2001 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The officially licensed Superbike race sim is back! All the riders, all the bikes, all the teams, all the tracks,...

Super Black Bass SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Super Black Bass is a bass fishing game where players can compete in four different lake tournaments. Player can fish...

Super Caesars Palace SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

Super Caesars Palace is the upgraded sequel to the original Caesars Palace for the NES. This version features nine different...

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