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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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Windows (2001)

Battlecruiser Millennium is a genre mix between space simulation, economic simulation and first person shooter. The basic idea of the...

Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Battlecruiser Millennium (Gold Edition) is the latest in the Battlecruiser series, and includes a variety of improvements over Battlecruiser Millennium....

Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII is the second expansion pack for Battlefield 1942. This time the expansion focuses on...

Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This mainly multiplayer focused expansion to Battlefield 1942 has you fighting with up to 64 fellow gamers during the least...

Battlefield 1942: World War II Anthology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This compilation contains: Battlefield 1942 (base game) Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome (add-on) Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII...

Battlefront Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Battlefront offers corps-level command of embattled Axis and Allied forces in World War II. As corps commanders, players issue orders...

Battleground 2: Gettysburg Windows Front Cover

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

Tactical wargame focused on the North American Civil War that uses the time-honored Battleground game mechanics and a refined version...

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

The first game in Civil American War series of Battleground series presents realistic interpretation of the well-known historical battle. Collector's...

Battleground 3: Waterloo  Windows Front Cover

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

The second game in Napoleonic series of Battleground. You can change the history by winning the ultimate battle by Napoleon,...

Battleground 4: Shiloh Windows Front Cover

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

The second game in series of American Civil War returns us to the two days of April 6th and 7th,...

Battleground 5: Antietam Windows Front Cover

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

The third game in series of American Civil War. It includes eight scenario modules totalling some 25 scenarios. In the...

Battleground 6: Napoleon in Russia Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

Napoleon in Russia simulates the historical battle in 1812 near the town of Borodino, Russia. You, as the player, control...

Battleground 7: Bull Run Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

The fourth game in the Battleground series based on American Civil War battles and the first game in the series...

Battleground 8: Prelude to Waterloo Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

Recreation of the battles of Ligny and Quatre-Bras (16 Jun 1815) using the "Battleground"-system. Includes several scenarios differing in size...

Windows (1999)

The fifth game in American Civil War series of Battleground games brings us to another famous historical event detailing the...

Battleground: Ardennes Windows Front Cover

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

First in the long-running Battleground wargame series. The game offers turn-based wargaming using the first incarnation of the Battleview engine...

Battle Group Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

Battle Group is the sister game to Kampfgruppe but covers platoon level tactical combat on the Western Front from 1943-1945....

Battlehawks 1942 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Fly as an American or Japanese pilot in one of 4 operations in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. This simulation...

PC-98 (1992)

The founder of a prestigious girls' high school comes back after 20 years of absence, in order to begin a...

Battle of Antietam DOS Front Cover

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

Battle of Antietam is a grand tactical simulation of the bloodiest day of the Civil War at the little town...

Battle of Britain ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1982)

Written entirely in BASIC, with only block graphics and simple beeps, this game allows you to direct the RAF defence...

Battle of Britain Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Battle of Britain is a turn-based simulation of aerial fights between Germany and Britain in 1940. There are two campaigns...

Battle of Britain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This is an add-on for Microsofts Combat Flight Simulator 3.The add-on has BoB missions and campaign, including detailed aircraft and...

Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory simulates the struggle of air warfare over the deadly skies of Britain during...

Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

This limited edition includes: Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory Battle of Britain documentary DVDUS and Canadian releases also...

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