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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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Tamagotchi CD-ROM Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Manage your very own virtual pet based upon the popular electronic toy. Raise your very own Tamagotchi from egg form...

Tamagotchi Connexion: Corner Shop Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

The three Tamagotchi - Mametchi, Kuchipatchi and Memetchi - are itching to get into business! And you get to partner...

Tamagotchi: Osutchi & Mesutchi Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1998)

Tamagotchi: Osutchi & Mesutchi is a Japanese only version of the popular virtual pet series of games. The Game Boy...

DOS (1993)

In Tamper, you are a stock trader, and spend most of the game watching new companies come and go, and...

TurboGrafx CD (1994) and PC-98 (1993)

Tanjō: Debut puts the player into the role of a music company agent, who has to work with three potential...

Tank Commander DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Tank Commander claims to be a full featured tank war simulator with the latest telemetry and statistics of real battle...

Tank: The M1A1 Abrams Battle Tank Simulation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989)

A 3D military tank simulation which looks like it uses a modified Falcon AT engine. Control up to 16 tanks,...

Task Force 1942 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

The year 1942 is the subject of many computer games that deal with World War II. The reason: this was...

Tau Ceti DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1987)

A space simulation with elements from a number of other genres mixed in. Your mission is to destroy a robot...

Teacher Killer Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Teacher Killer is a text game. The aim of the player is to kill all the teachers in the school....

Team Apache Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Simis was known for it's great Flight Sim Toolkit. With Team Apache people are reminded of that company. Fly an...

Teamchef Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Teamchef is another soccer manager from a German developer team. You have 11 seasons to make a great manager career....

Team Suzuki DOS Front Cover

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

Team Suzuki uses official support to simulate motorcycle racing using polygon graphics. The action is viewed from the cockpit. Contact...

Team Yankee DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990) and CDTV (1992)

In this tank simulation game based on Harold Coyle's book of the same name, Team Yankee is a squad of...

Windows (2009)

Tech48 is a sex simulation game, similar to Artificial Girl series. Even though it has no story line whatsoever, "Tech...

Tecktonik: World Tour Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Following the increasing dance movement Tecktonik the Nintendo DS receives this tecktonik dance simulator. Much like rhythm-based games for the...

TurboGrafx CD (1997)

Tekipaki: Working Love is a simulation game somewhat similar to Graduation series, but with a much less complex system and...

Tekipaki: Working Love FX PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1998)

Tekipaki: Working Love FX is essentially an upgraded version of Tekipaki: Working Love for Turbo CD. It adds several scenarios...

Tellurian Defense Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

In the year 2024, meteorites from space crashed down on Earth causing major destruction, obliterating cities and disrupting our fragile...

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...

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