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 (1988), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

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Strike Force Harrier Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986) and Electron (1986)

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Striker '96 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

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Strikes -N- Spares Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1993)

Ten Pin Bowling hasn’t been recreated on computer very much, and this is an ambitious attempt, which appears to have...

Amiga CD32 (1994)

An erotic variant of the classic "fruit machine" game. Instead of playing for money, winners are treated to full motion...

Commodore 64 (1983)

Everything one needs to know about this game one can glean from its title. This game simulates the stimulation of...

The Stronghold Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

This collection contains the five medieval games of the FireFly Studios' Stronghold series. The games within this collection are: Stronghold...

Stronghold Crusader Extreme Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Stronghold Crusader Extreme is an enhanced re-release of Firefly Studios' Stronghold Crusader.Besides the latest version of the original game, it...

Stronghold Legends Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This addition to Firefly Studios' castle building and management sim series offers 3D graphics and many new gameplay elements. But...

Windows (1999)

Stuka Dive Bomber is a Add-on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series which features the simulation of the...

Stunt Island DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Stunt Island was marketed as "The Stunt Flying and Filming Simulation". With over 50 aircraft (including the space shuttle) and...

Atari ST (1991)

ST Vegas is a collection of five common casino games: Roulette, Poker, Black Jack and Slots. At the start of...

Su-27 Flanker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1995)

SU-27 is a deep, challenging and extremely accurate sim starring one of Russia's premiere fighters in a variety of missions...

Su-27 Flanker (Squadron Commander's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

A special edition/compilation of the groundbreaking air combat simulator and its add-on mission pack. The Commander's Edition includes version 1.5...

Sub Battle Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple IIgs (1987), TRS-80 CoCo (1988) and Macintosh (1987)

Sub Battle Simulator is set in World War 2, with the player on the American or German side. Six different...

Sub Command: Akula Seawolf 688(I) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Sub Command allows you to take control of the most deadly attack submarines in operation at the beginning of the...

DOS (1997)

Subhunt is a single-player shareware submarine game developed at the Laboratory for Recreational Computing at the University of North Texas....

Sub Hunt Intellivision Front Cover

Intellivision (1981)

In Sub Hunt you control a group of four submarines one at a time. The goal is to destroy six...

DOS (1989)

This game allows the player to control a simulated United States attack submarine. The game is played in a hybrid...

Atari 2600 (1982)

You're the commander of a submarine in enemy waters. Use your skills, radar, and luck to take down the enemy...

Submarine Commander Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982) and VIC-20 (1983)

In Submarine Commander the player is in command of submarine in the Mediterranean. His mission is to to destroy all...

Sub Mission PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1987) and Apple II (1986)

An evil alien warlord has kidnapped two Earthlings, Peter and Sigourney. He agrees to free them only on one condition:...

Subwar 2050 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

The year is 2050. Ocean is the next frontier, and war inevitably reached there. As an independent mercenary working for...

Subwar 2050: The Plot Deepens DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

An expansion disk for Subwar 2050, this features a few new subs and weapons across three new campaigns: The Bermuda...

Subway Simulator: Berlin • U7 - World of Subways 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Subway Simulator: Berlin • U7 - World of Subways 2 is a simulation of the U-7 line in Berlin. Line...

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