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 (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...

Windows (2006)

Steel Beasts Pro Personal Edition is a simulation of modern company-level armoured combat. The player can command other units or...

Steel Fury: Kharkov 1942 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Steel Fury is a tank simulator representing a series of Soviet offensives from 12 to 28 May 1942 and the...

Steel Panthers DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Steel Panthers is a wargame (turn-based strategy game) by Strategic Simulations, Inc (SSI). The game is set in World War...

Steel Panthers: Campaign Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This add on includes three campaigns and thirty-five scenarios to be used with Steel Panthers, covering the period surrounding World...

Steel Panthers II: Modern Battles DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

While Steel Panthers covered armored warfare from 1939-1945, Steel Panthers 2: Modern Battles focuses on conflicts from 1950-2000. It is...

Steel Panthers II: Modern Battles - Campaign Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

As the name implies this add-on contains new campaigns for Steel Panthers 2: Modern Battles. You get three new campaigns,...

Steel Talons Lynx Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1992), Lynx (1992), Atari ST (1995) and Arcade (1991)

Steel Talons brought realism-oriented helicopter combat to the arcades, and later to home systems. The action is viewed from behind...

Steel Thunder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Steel Thunder offers multiple theaters in which to do battle ranging from Cuba to Europe. While actually in the tank,...

Steel Walker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In Steel Walker a civil war is going on. It was triggered because the president collaborated with terrorists so he...

Steigenberger Hotelmanager Amiga Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

After the death of your grand aunt you receive 400.000 DM. With this money you decide to enter the hotel...

Stellar 7 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Macintosh (1993)

In Stellar 7, a remake of the 1983 game, you drive the Raven, the most advanced Terran fighting vehicle. You...

Stellar 7: Draxon's Revenge 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1993)

A sequel/remake to Stellar 7, the classic sci-fi first person tank simulator.Earth faces an alien invasion in the form of...

Stellar College Basketball Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

A free text-based college basketball game with actual 2007-2010 teams and players. The game includes all 65 teams in the...

Atari 2600 (1981)

This is an Atari 2600 version of a Star Trek game found on many college mainframes.Like those mainframe programs, it...

Linux (2001), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

StepMania is an Open Source clone of the commercial title Dance Dance Revolution (DDR).You play the game either with a...

Steve Davis Snooker Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1988), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1985), Electron (1986), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985), Sinclair QL (1985) and Enterprise (1985)

Mike Lamb recreated the basic rules of the popular English game of snooker in this simulation, which can be played...

DOS (1992), Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

The game starts with a green expanse of land, awaiting development. The player selects different kinds of buildings to erect...

The Sting! Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Matt Tucker became famous as a master criminal, he was good at breaking and entering and others knew this too....

Atari ST (1988)

ST Keno is a keno simulation in low or high resolution for one player. You may select 1 to 15...

Stock Market: The Game DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1987) and Atari ST (1987)

Up to four players compete on the Stock Market to make their fortune, by investing in a portfolio of stocks....

Storm Master DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

Eoliae is a remote land where myth meets truth, and where winds shows only the power of gods moving armies...

Stormovik: SU-25 Soviet Attack Fighter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Flight simulator for the Soviet SU-25 attack jet. A wide range of bombs and munitions are included (from cluster bombs...

Windows (2007)

A (re-)take on Wilderness: A Survival Adventure, Stranded II puts the player in the first-person role of a castaway shipwreck...

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