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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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Tornado: Operation Desert Storm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Tornado: Operation Desert Storm is an add-on for Digital Integration's Tornado flight simulator. The disk includes 20 pre-programmed missions for...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Toss is a simple game of heads or tails. The player can choose how many times to toss the coin...

Total Air War Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

An F-22 flight simulator that offers you the chance to manage and control your own dynamic campaigns in addition to...

Total Club Manager 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Total Club Manager 2003 is EA's third shot at a football managing game series, following both FIFA Soccer Manager (1997)...

Total Club Manager 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

2004 edition for this soccer managerial game that so far has been released only for the European market.The game offers...

Total Club Manager 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Total Club Manager 2005 is EA's third game in the Total Club Manager series. If the usual presentation of EA...

Total Control Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Total Control Football offers a managerial approach to American Football simulations. You have been just named general manager of an...

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Three strategy games are included in this compilation, all sequels to classic games in their own right. SimCity 2000 updated...

Total Immersion Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

Total Immersion Racing is a simulation concentrating on the GT / GTS and PRO (prototypes) classes racing series. Since these...

DOS (1996)

Total Pinball features the same slightly changed four tables as its predecessor Pinball Mania: Kick Off centres around soccer/football, Jail...

Windows (2013)

The Gold Edition of this game contains the main game, the two add-ons as well as all previously released DLC's....

Nintendo DS (2005)

Touch de Rakushō! Pachi-Slot Sengen is one of the many releases in Tecmo and NET's pachi-slot simulation series, and the...

Tour 91 Amstrad CPC Front Cover

DOS (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Tour 91 is an action cycling game from Topo Soft (like Perico Delgado Maillot Amarillo, the other cycling game of...

Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator is essentially Gran Turismo on two wheels. You have about 120 licensed bikes and...

Tournament Blackjack Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Tournament Blackjack is a simulation of Table Blackjack. Play against twelve different computer players of varying skill levels. The game...

Tournament Poker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Macintosh (2005)

You can play 21 different Poker games in the same tournament, against 12 different opponents. Games include Texas Hold 'em,...

Tournament Tennis Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1985), Atari ST (1986), Commodore 64 (1984), ColecoVision (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), Thomson TO (1986) and Sinclair QL (1985)

Tennis is a freeware tennis game for 1-2 players in medium resolution. A 0 player mode lets you watch the...

Tower Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

Tower is a game whereby the player can become an air traffic controller. The main objective is to ensure the...

Tower FRA Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1990)

In Tower FRA, the player takes the role of an air traffic controller assigned to one of five German airports....

The Tower SP Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2006)

An enhanced port of The Tower, better known as SimTower, for the Game Boy Advance. Build your tower, set up...

Tow Truck Simulator 2010 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Tow Truck Simulator 2010 allows the player to drive around the city in one of four different tow trucks. The...

Toy Shop Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Toy Shop is a simulation game in which you take the role of two siblings, Mel and Mark, who have...

DOS (1989) and Macintosh (1989)

Tracon: Air Traffic Control Simulator lets you play the role of controlling the air traffic at the Los Angeles airport....

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1992)

Tracon is an air traffic control simulator, giving you the position of a so called "ATC" (air traffic controller). You...

Tracon II for Windows Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1993)

Tracon is an air traffic control simulator, giving you the position of a so called "ATC" (air traffic controller). You...

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