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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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Windows (2002)

Street Legal is just like Gearhead Garage, but in Street Legal you only don't fix and build cars, you can...

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DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

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Streets of SimCity Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Race through or create havoc in one of 50+ cities, or import your own SimCity 2000 cities for battle-on-wheels! Play...

Strike Aces DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Strike Aces is a flight simulator designed to give players a feel for the quick decision-making process that real pilots...

Strike Commander DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

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Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer TwinPack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This package contains Strike Commander and Wing Commander: Privateer as well as all speech packs and add-on missions on one...

Strike Commander (CD-ROM Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

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Strike Commander: Tactical Operations DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

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Windows (2004)

This is an updated version of Third Wire's 'Strike Fighters: Project 1' (SF:P1) combat flight simulator.The game has Instant action,...

Strike Fighters: Project 1 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Strike Fighters: Project 1 lets the player take off in various fighter jets from the 1960's era, when missile technology...

Strike Fleet DOS Front Cover

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

Strike Fleet is the unofficial sequel to PHM Pegasus which was developed by Lucasfilm Games in 1987. But instead of...

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)

1996's edition of the Striker football series from Rage Software.Graphics combine a 3D pitch with 2D player sprites. The game...

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...

Styling Factory Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Styling Factory is a unofficial add-on for The Sims 2. Create your own hairstyles and imports this into the main...

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...

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