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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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Genesis (1991), PC-98 (1989) and Sharp X68000 (1990)

Tenka Tōitsu is a strategy game set in feudal Japan, and and the first title in SystemSoft's long-running strategy series....

Windows (2005)

Tennis for Two has widely been considered among the first video games, originally cobbled together over a three-week period in...

Tennis Masters Series 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Xbox (2002)

Tennis Masters Series 2003 is a fully licensed tennis game which expands upon previous releases in the series and adds...

Terminus Linux Front Cover

Linux (2000), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Join the United Earth League (UEL), the rebellious Martian Consortium (MC), the Marauder Pirate Clan, or the Independent Council of...

Terrahawks ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Like perennial license favourite Thunderbirds, Terrahawks was written by Gerry Anderson, featured puppets, and was set in space. It is...

Test Drive DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1988) and PC-98 (1989)

This mix of racing simulation and arcade game consists of driving a choice of 5 sports cars on a mountain...

Test Drive II Car Disk: The Supercars DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Apple IIgs (1989)

This addon for Test Drive II features 5 new cars which you can use to race the tracks. The cars...

Test Drive III: The Passion DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Drive exotic cars while fleeing police in this sequel of the popular Test Drive series. New features include a true...

Test Drive II Scenery Disk: California Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989), Apple IIgs (1989) and Macintosh (1990)

This add on features a border to border race through the Golden State, divided into 7 stages, which are: The...

Test Drive II Scenery Disk: European Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1989) and Apple IIgs (1990)

This addon for Test Drive II features a race through Europe. Racing through the stages you cross following countries: The...

Arcade (1978)

Nintendo's last 16mm film-based game, Test Driver puts the player behind the wheel, literally, as the cabinet features one instead...

Texas Hold 'em Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Texas Hold 'em is the first Xbox Live poker game, based on the popular US Texas Hold 'em variant. It...

Texas Hold'em: High Stakes Poker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Texas Hold'em: High Stakes Poker is a first person game where you play against 1 to 5 opponents chosen at...

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This collection of poker games actually contains 20 poker games. Sit down at the tables with 8 other players to...

Texas Hold'Em Poker DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Texas Hold'Em Poker DS is a poker simulation. It features a practice mode, quick play, poker tour, and multiplayer. Practice...

Texas Poker J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2005)

Texas Poker is a poker game with the Texas Hold'em rules. The player faces two computer opponents. The player wins...

TFX DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PlayStation (1996), Amiga (1997) and PC-98 (1996)

TFX (Tactical Fighter eXperiment) is a realistic flight simulation where you can fly with F-117A, Eurofighter 2000 or F-22 Superstar...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

T.G.I.F. (abbreviation for "Thank God It's Friday") is a board\party video game for 1-4 players. If chosen 1 player the...

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 is a real-time strategy game set during the World War II, more precisely during...

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 + Theatre of War: Centauro Bundle is a compilation of the two following games:...

Theatre of War 2: Centauro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Centauro is a add-on for Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943. It adds two new campaigns...

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943 is a stand-alone expansion to Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 and is set...

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943-Battle for Caen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Theatre of War 2: Battle for Caen is an expansion pack for Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943. In Battle...

Theatre of War 3:  Korea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Theatre of War 3: Korea is a real-time 3D strategy game. Replay the events of the first hot war of...

Theatre of War Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Theatre of War Collection is a compilation containing all games previously released in the Theatre of War series: Theatre of...

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