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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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Texas Hold 'em Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

Texas Hold 'em is the first Xbox Live poker game, based on the popular US Texas Hold 'em variant. It...

Texas Hold'em: High Stakes Poker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Texas Hold'em: High Stakes Poker is a first person game where you play against 1 to 5 opponents chosen at...

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

This collection of poker games actually contains 20 poker games. Sit down at the tables with 8 other players to...

Texas Hold'Em Poker DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

Texas Hold'Em Poker DS is a poker simulation. It features a practice mode, quick play, poker tour, and multiplayer. Practice...

Texas Poker J2ME Front Cover

J2ME (2005)

Texas Poker is a poker game with the Texas Hold'em rules. The player faces two computer opponents. The player wins...

TFX DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), PlayStation (1996), Amiga (1997) and PC-98 (1996)

TFX (Tactical Fighter eXperiment) is a realistic flight simulation where you can fly with F-117A, Eurofighter 2000 or F-22 Superstar...

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

T.G.I.F. (abbreviation for "Thank God It's Friday") is a board\party video game for 1-4 players. If chosen 1 player the...

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 is a real-time strategy game set during the World War II, more precisely during...

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 + Theatre of War: Centauro Bundle is a compilation of the two following games:...

Theatre of War 2: Centauro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Centauro is a add-on for Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943. It adds two new campaigns...

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943  Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943 is a stand-alone expansion to Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943 and is set...

Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943-Battle for Caen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Theatre of War 2: Battle for Caen is an expansion pack for Theatre of War 2: Kursk 1943. In Battle...

Theatre of War 3:  Korea Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Theatre of War 3: Korea is a real-time 3D strategy game. Replay the events of the first hot war of...

Theatre of War Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Theatre of War Collection is a compilation containing all games previously released in the Theatre of War series: Theatre of...

The Bible Game Xbox Front Cover

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...

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