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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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Stellar 7: Draxon's Revenge 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1993)

A sequel/remake to Stellar 7, the classic sci-fi first person tank simulator.Earth faces an alien invasion in the form of...

Stellar College Basketball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A free text-based college basketball game with actual 2007-2010 teams and players. The game includes all 65 teams in the...

Atari 2600 (1981)

This is an Atari 2600 version of a Star Trek game found on many college mainframes.Like those mainframe programs, it...

Linux (2001), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

StepMania is an Open Source clone of the commercial title Dance Dance Revolution (DDR).You play the game either with a...

Steve Davis Snooker Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1986), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985) and Sinclair QL (1985)

Mike Lamb recreated the basic rules of the popular English game of snooker in this simulation, which can be played...

DOS (1992), Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

The game starts with a green expanse of land, awaiting development. The player selects different kinds of buildings to erect...

The Sting! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Matt Tucker became famous as a master criminal, he was good at breaking and entering and others knew this too....

Atari ST (1988)

ST Keno is a keno simulation in low or high resolution for one player. You may select 1 to 15...

Stock Market: The Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Up to four players compete on the Stock Market to make their fortune, by investing in a portfolio of stocks....

Storm Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Eoliae is a remote land where myth meets truth, and where winds shows only the power of gods moving armies...

Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Flight simulator for the Soviet SU-25 attack jet. A wide range of bombs and munitions are included (from cluster bombs...

Windows (2007)

A (re-)take on Wilderness: A Survival Adventure, Stranded II puts the player in the first-person role of a castaway shipwreck...

Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg is the sequel to Strategic Command: European Theater. It's a turn-based strategy game that portrays the...

Windows (2008)

Strategic Command 2: Patton Drives East is the second expansion pack for Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg. The game continues the...

Windows (2007)

Strategic Command 2: Weapons and Warfare Expansion is an expansion pack for Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg. Like Blitzkrieg the game...

Windows (2008)

Strategic Command: WWII Pacific Theater is the third game in the Strategic Command series. Like its predecessors the game is...

Stratosphere: Conquest of the Skies Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

In Stratosphere you own a fortress flying on a bit of rock. Via an editor, you can add different enhancements...

Strawberry Shortcake Puppy Palace iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013), Android (2014) and iPad (2013)

Strawberry Shortcake Puppy Palace is a virtual pet app and mini-game compilation that lets players play with puppies from the...

Street Legal Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Street Legal is just like Gearhead Garage, but in Street Legal you only don't fix and build cars, you can...

Street Rod 2: The Next Generation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

Interface is thankfully the same as the first but that's where the similarity ends. More is the name here, more...

Streets of SimCity Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Race through or create havoc in one of 50+ cities, or import your own SimCity 2000 cities for battle-on-wheels! Play...

Strike Aces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Strike Aces is a flight simulator designed to give players a feel for the quick decision-making process that real pilots...

Strike Commander DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Following the collapse of Soviet Union, USA began to dominate the politics of the Commonwealth of Independent Nations. Islamic countries...

Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer TwinPack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This package contains Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer as well as all speech packs and add-on missions on one...

Strike Commander (CD-ROM Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

The CD-ROM release of Strike Commander includes the following: Strike Commander Strike Commander: Tactical Operations An additional opening cinematic and...

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