User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

As a new CIA operative, you've been called to Washington. Apparently a Russian candidate for president was assassinated (read: shot)...

Windows (2001)

Based essentially the entire Vietnam conflict, John Tiller's Squad Battles: Vietnam recounts the many battles between the U.S. Army, Marines,...

SSN-21 Seawolf DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Through 33 different missions (which you can play in any order or as part of a campaign), you control the...

Stair Dismount iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2009), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

They said it couldn't be done, but the juicy Finnish brains behind the "dismount" franchise went back to the drawing...

Windows (2000)

After many years away from making computer simulations, designer and historian Ed Bever returns to the field with Stalin's Dilemma....

Stand O'Food Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), PSP (2009), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2009), iPhone (2009), Android (2011), iPad (2010) and Windows Phone (2014)

Stand O'Food is a fastfood restaurant simulator with where you need to cook up veggie, omelet, beef, chicken or fish...

Starball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Starball PC is an odd pinball game based largely on the game also called Starball, but for the Atari ST.While...

Starbyte Super Soccer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Starbyte Super Soccer is a managerial soccer simulation in which the player takes the role of a soccer manager, responsible...

StarCalibur Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

StarCalibur is an arcade style space combat game that takes the player to the 24th century, battling an alien race...

DOS (1987)

Another pinball game generated by Pinball Construction Set. Like the name says, the pinball action in focused around a star...

Star Crusader DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1995) and Amiga CD32 (1996)

Star Crusader is a 3D space combat simulator in which the player takes the role of Roman Alexandria who is...

DOS (1994)

A set of 21 missions called "The Grimnada Mystery" for Star Crusader (floppy/CD). Also sold with the speech pack, but...

Starflight DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Windows (2014), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Macintosh (1990)

A long time ago, a great empire comprised of Humans, Velox, Thrynn and Elowan ruled the stars. The Empire's currency...

Starflight 1+2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2012)

This digitally distributed game collection includes: Starflight Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula

Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Windows (2014), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1991)

Following the events of the first Starflight, the galaxy is at relative peace. The balance of power is disrupted when...

SNES (1993)

Star Fox Competition Weekend Edition is a rare version of Star Fox (StarWing in Europe) that was sold as a...

Starglider DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Macintosh (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

The Planet Novenia has been attacked by the Egrons, who snuck in by disguising their craft as the protected Starglider...

Starglider 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), ZX Spectrum (1989), Macintosh (1989) and PC-98 (1991)

More space combat and strategy in this sequel, which challenges you to collect the elements to form a bomb to...

Starlancer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

Sometime in the distant future, the human race is divided in to two factions: the ruthless Eastern Coalition (Russia), and...

Starlight Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

In Starlight, inspired by coign of vantage, players need to form signs in the sky watching the starts at night....

StarLines Inc. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

StarLines Inc. is a strategy game that puts the player in command of a fleet of starships carrying passengers and...

Starlord DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1994)

Starlord is a game of exploration and conquest from Mike Singleton, the author of the similarly-focused Midwinter and The Lords...

Star Luster Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

NES (1985), Wii (2008), Nintendo 3DS (2013), Sharp X68000 (1994) and Arcade (1985)

In Star Luster, the player controls Dan Heinick, a pilot of the starfighter Gaia. He is tasked with having to...

Starpoint Gemini Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Starpoint Gemini is a combination of RPG, simulation and tactical strategy. It is set in a science-fiction version of the...

Star Quest I in the 27th Century DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Star Quest I in the 27th Century is a shareware space combat flight simulation game developed by the Canadian company,...

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