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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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The Sims: Makin' Magic Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

In the seventh and final expansion pack for The Sims, Makin' Magic lets you give your Sims the ability to...

The Sims: Medieval - Pirates & Nobles Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

The extension for the game The Sims: Medieval starts with the arrival of the pirates from Aarbyville and the nobles...

The Sims: Online Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Sims Online takes the gameplay from The Sims and brings it into a consistent online universe, where all the...

The Sims: Pet Stories Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Pet Stories is the second game in the The Sims Stories series, part of the larger Sims franchise. Unlike the...

Browser (2011)

The Sims Social is a human life simulation similar to the previous installments in the Sims series. The player controls...

The Sims Stories Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This compilation includes all the Sims Stories games. The three games included are: The Sims: Castaway Stories The Sims: Life...

The Sims: Superstar Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

The Sims: Superstar is the sixth expansion pack to be released for The Sims and allows your Sims to become...

The Sims Windows Front Cover

Linux (2003), Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2003), Xbox (2003), GameCube (2003) and Macintosh (2000)

The Sims is a real-time simulation game where you simulate the lives of one or more people in a family...

The Sims & The Sims Livin' It Up Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Sims & The Sims Livin' It Up is, as the title implies, a compilation of the following games:The Sims...

The Sims Triple Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is a compilation including The Sims, The Sims Creator, a disc of bonus content, and three expansion packs:The Sims:...

The Sims: Unleashed Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

The Sims: Unleashed is the sixth expansion in the series, and adds a ton of new features.The most notable edition...

The Sims: Vacation Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

The Sims: Vacation is the fourth expansion pack in the popular The Sims series.Vacation allows you to take your Sims...

Sim Theme Park Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (2000), PlayStation 2 (2000), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2000), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

Sim Theme Park is the sequel to Theme Park and the second game in the series. It is a theme...

Sim Theme Park (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

The Gold version of Sim Theme Park contains everything in the original, as well as extra rides and attractions. Just...

SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), 3DO (1996) and Macintosh (1994)

SimTower is a game based on the idea that the modern sky scraper is basically it's own self contained world....

SimTown Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995), Macintosh (1995) and OS/2 (1996)

SimTown is one of several entries in the city-building simulation series, SimCity. As in prior installments, players are tasked as...

SimTunes Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

SimTunes is based on "Music Insects", an interactive audio-visual exhibit which was designed and created by Toshio Iwai in 1992....

Simulador Profesional de Fútbol DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

This game offers the possibility of having any of the teams of the Spanish Primera División (92/93 season) under your...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Simulation of Millikan Oil Drop Experiment is exactly that: a simulation of the experiment performed by Robert Millikan and Harvey...

DOS (1992)

SimuSex 1.0 is a simplistic "sex simulator" for DOS made by Erosoft. Apart from selecting a position and waving your...

Windows (1999)

Simutrans is a cross-platform transportation simulation like Transport Tycoon Deluxe. The main goal is to run a transportation enterprise via...

Singapore Scenery: For Microsoft Flight Simulator Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Described as a '98 Flight Essential' Singapore Scenery: For Microsoft Flight Simulator is an add-on scenery pack for Microsoft Flight...

Singles 2: Triple Trouble Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Singles 2 is a Life Simulation Game, similar to The Sims.You play as Josh, a young musician who just moved...

Singles: Flirt Up Your Life! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Singles: Flirt Up Your Life is a relationship simulator. Think "The Sims" on a much smaller scale but with a...

SingStar PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

SingStar is a singing game where player(s) grab a microphone and sing. There are over 30 songs to choose from...

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