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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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PlayStation 2 (2005) and Xbox (2006)

The Bible Game is a Christian-themed party game. There are a variety of trivia questions (from a pool of 1,500)...

theHunter Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Hunter is a realistic online hunting simulation that combines a 3D game client with an online social networking site....

Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

The second of Lucasfilm Games' air combat simulations and follow-up to Battlehawks 1942, Their Finest Hour recreates the Battle of...

Their Finest Missions: Volume One DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1991)

Mission pack for Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain . Includes 23 new missions, and one experienced pilot for...

Theme Hospital DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997), PlayStation (1998), PSP (2008), Macintosh (2012), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Theme Hospital is a level-based hospital management simulation where players have to start on an empty building, and then assemble...

Theme Park Android Front Cover

iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2011)

Theme Park for mobile devices is a free-to-play social game. Like in Bullfrog's original Theme Park, the player's task is...

Windows (2003)

A 3D, multi-user virtual world/MMO where the players themselves provide the enjoyment. Boys and girls of all ages meet online...

Think: Sinnes Trainer  Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Think: Sinnes Trainer offers the player to train the visual and aural senses. When the game is started for the...

Third World War SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Third World War is a "hypothetical/what if" wargame with a twist. Set sometime in the late 20th century, when conflicts...

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

This Is How Bees Work aims to be a factual, interactive documentary about the ways of nature. Set in a...

Thoroughbred Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

In Thoroughbred Tycoon the player steps into the horse racing business and has the goal to earn as much money...

Apple II (1979)

In March 1979 a serious accident occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear station in Pennsylvania, leading to a partial...

Thrillville PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006), Xbox (2006) and PSP (2006)

Thrillville is an amusement park simulator where you take on the role of the favoured nephew or niece of the...

Thrillville: Off the Rails Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007) and Wii (2007)

Thrillville: Off the Rails is an amusement park simulator and is the sequel to the original title Thrillville.Uncle Mortimer returns...

Browser (2005)

Finally, a computer version to play in the office for those times when your manager is lurking in the next...

Thud Ridge: American Aces in 'Nam Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1988)

The game plot is set in times of Vietnam War, where you are American pilot of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief...

Thule Trail Browser Front Cover

Browser (2007)

This update (in the particulars only, otherwise reveling in its gloriously retro 8-bit sound, graphics and gameplay sensibilities) on the...

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1986)

Thunderchopper puts you in a Hughes 530 MG Defender helicopter, and offers several modes of play. First is training, intended...

Thunderhawk AH-73M DOS Front Cover

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

Thunderhawk AH-73M a 3D action/simulation helicopter game. You are a pilot of MERLIN, an elite command, which is commanded by...

Thunderstrike 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1995) and SEGA Saturn (1995)

This is the sequel to Core's Sega CD game, AH-3 Thunderstrike. Like the previous game in the series, this is...

Thunderstrike: Operation Phoenix PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

In control of the most advanced gun-ship technology known to man, you are charged with neutralizing the enemy and restoring...

DOS (1994)

Tigers on the Prowl is a tactical level wargame set during World War II on the Eastern Front. Either the...

Time to Ride: Saddles & Stables Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Time to Ride: Saddles & Stables tells the story of city girl Amanda who must go to live with her...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Time Trek is another adaptation of Star Trek. Like in the other versions the player must destroy all Klingons. The...

Timothy Leary's Mind Mirror PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1986), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Atari 8-bit (1985)

Mind Mirror allows the performer to digitize (scope) any thought, compare it with other thoughts and compare thoughts with others,...

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