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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Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Collector's CD-ROM) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (1997)

This compilation includes the campaigns from the original game Star Wars: TIE Fighter, the three campaigns from the add-on Star...

Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire is a campaign disk for Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Emperor Palpatine...

DOS (1994)

The demo version of Star Wars: TIE Fighter includes one unique mission which takes place during the Imperial assault on...

Star Wars: X-Wing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

X-Wing is a space combat simulation, the first in the Star Wars universe. From the cockpits of X-Wing, Y-Wing and...

Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

You are a young member of a trading family trying to make a living by staying neutral, but your business...

Star Wars: X-Wing - B-Wing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

B-Wing is an add-on to the original X-Wing, which adds an additional Rebel ship (the B-Wing itself), an entire Tour...

Star Wars: X-Wing (Collector's CD-ROM) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows (2000) and Macintosh (1996)

The enhanced CD-ROM version of Star Wars: X-Wing features 6 new missions, improved 3D graphics, voice, and upgraded sound. In...

Star Wars: X-Wing Collector Series Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The X-Wing Collector Series is a bundle of two classic LucasArts space sims (X-Wing Collector's CD, Tie Fighter Collector's CD)...

Star Wars: X-Wing - Imperial Pursuit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

The first add-on disk for X-Wing. The story continues after the destruction of the Death Star and tells of the...

Star Wars: X-Wing Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The X-wing trilogy together as one. Included in this three game set is the original X-Wing and TIE-Fighter titles, as...

Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter is the third game in the X-Wing series of Star Wars space combat simulators from. The...

Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter - Balance of Power Campaigns Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter - Balance of Power Campaigns is an add-on to Star Wars: X-Wing Vs. TIE...

Windows (2001)

Star Wraith 2 is the second instalment in the Star Wraith series of space combat simulation games. In addition to...

Windows (2004)

Star Wraith IV: Reviction is a sci-fi action game where the player controls a space ship. Humanity is in danger...

STCC: The Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

STCC: The Game is an add-on for Race 07: The Official WTCC Game. It features the STCC (Swedish Touring Car...

STCC: The Game 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

STCC: The Game 2 is an add-on for Race 07: Official WTCC Game. It features the Swedish Touring Car Championship...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

You are flying above the land in a stealth airplane. You are trying to destroy the tower of darkness which...

Stealth ATF NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Stealth ATF is a flight simulator in which you pilot a F-117A, a.k.a. Nighthawk in several missions.In every mission's beginning...

Stealth Combat Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

In 2038, a war rages between the EMA ( Economic and Military Alliance) and the Great Empire. You must choose...

Stealth Mission Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1987)

Stealth Mission is a flight simulator allowing you to fly three planes, F-19 Stealth Bomber, X-29 Experimental and a F14...

Steel Armor: Blaze of War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Steel Armor: Blaze of War is a simulation which covers three historical conflicts in its dynamic campaigns: the First Persian...

Steel Battalion Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Steel Battalion is a 'mech game in which the player takes control of mechanized tanks, known as "VT"s (or Vertical...

Steel Battalion: Line of Contact Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2004)

Steel Battalion: Line of Contact is the sequel to Capcom's 2002 giant mech game Steel Battalion. Where the original game...

Windows (2000)

A Tank simulation that takes place in the present age. You fight in Kuwait, Europe, and Korea and other locales....

Steel Beasts: Gold Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Gold Edition of Steel Beasts contains patched version of the game, 30 new missions and a improved version of the...

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