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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 Settlers IV (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is a German compilation and it includes: Die Siedler IV (a.k.a. The Settlers: Fourth Edition) Die Siedler IV Mission...

The Settlers IV Mission CD Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Settlers IV Mission CD is the first add-on for The Settlers: Fourth Edition and features five new campaigns in...

The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power is the second add-on for The Settlers: Fourth Edition and...

Seventh Cross Evolution Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1998)

A life simulation which shows how organisms evolve. Take control of one of life's earliest lifeforms and, depending on what...

PC-98 (1995)

The game with such a simple, yet expressive title is also rather simple and to-the-point in its concept: it is...

PC-98 (1996)

Sex 2 has the same basic premise as its predecessor, which is easy to deduce from the game's title. It's...

Windows (2003)

You are just an ordinary guy who has won a trip to a place called Sexy Island in a lottery....

Sexy Beach 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

The premise of Sexy Beach 3 is simple: there is a beautiful island called Sexy Island; you, the nameless hero...

Sexy Poker Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Gameloft's Sexy Poker series comes to the Nintendo Wii. Six girls depicted in manga-style artwork are available to play strip...

Sexy Poker 2004 J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2004)

Sexy Poker 2004 is the first strip poker game in Gameloft's Sexy Poker series. You can play three games -...

Sexy Poker 2006 J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

Sexy Poker 2006, the sequel to Sexy Poker 2004, is a strip poker game for mobile phones. It offers three...

Sexy Poker: Top Models J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2006)

The gameplay of Sexy Poker: Top Models is identical to the other games in the Sexy Poker series, but it...

Windows (2009)

This digital compilation contains these four military strategy games: Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Combat Mission 2: Barbarossa to Berlin Strategic...

Windows (2005)

Shades Of Doom is a unique first-person shooter game, that completely abandons a visual aspect of its presentation. With the...

Shadow President DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

A game about World Government, Politics, Control and Cause and Effect.You start the game but being elected as the new...

Windows (2007)

Shady O'Grady's Rising Star is a complete musician simulator/role-playing game with a heavy dose of strategy thrown in. You start...

Game Boy (1998), Game Boy Color (1998) and WonderSwan (1999)

This is a portable edition of the solitaire game Shanghai, the game uses traditional Mah Jong tiles. The aim of...

Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

In Shark the player takes on the role of a killer shark at a public swimming beach. The goal is...

Shelter Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

In Shelter, the player takes control of a mother badger who has to protect her cubs from the dangers of...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SEGA CD (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Macintosh (1992), CDTV (1991), FM Towns (1991), VIS (1992) and DVD Player (1999)

In this game, the player is cast into the roles of Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional detective of all times,...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and iPad (2012)

This game, the first mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

This game, the second mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

This game, the third mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In this third installment of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective your task is to solve three separate crimes by visiting various...

Sherman M4 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Sherman M4 is a 3D tank simulator. It is set in World War II and includes 3 campaigns; Normandy, Ardennes...

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