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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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Tonka Search & Rescue 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

In the sequel to Tonka Search & Rescue players assist Tonka Joe to help protect the city in four departments:...

Tony La Russa Baseball II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Play/Manage a team of either some of the greatest teams ever from 1901-1968, or the best of the best on...

DOS (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

This is an official add-on for Tony La Russa's Ultimate Baseball that adds some of the greatest teams from baseball's...

Top Gun DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

The Tom Cruise film featured an F-14 Tomcat plane, and this licensed game recreates this. Viewed from the cockpit in...

Top Gun: Combat Zones Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2001) and GameCube (2002)

Top Gun: Combat Zones is an arcade-style flight simulator. The game features 36 different missions in locations around the world....

Top Gun: Danger Zone DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

Inspired by the famous 1986 film, Top Gun: Danger Zone is a desert dogfighting air combat simulation set on board...

Top Gun: Fire at Will! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), PlayStation (1996) and Macintosh (1998)

Top Gun: Fire at Will is a flight simulator based on the movie of the same name. You take the...

Top Gun: Hornet's Nest Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Top Gun: Hornet's Next is the sequel to Top Gun: Fire at Will. Once more you take on the role...

Commodore 64 (1986) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

A collection that includes three previously released flight simulators: Hellcat Ace MiG Alley Ace Air Rescue I

Top Gun: The Second Mission NES Front Cover

NES (1989)

Just like in the first game, you fly an F-14 Tomcat in combat against the enemy equipped with Soviet equipment,...

Browser (2007)

TopRacers F1 Manager is a browser-based game where the player goes against other managers from around the world. Players get...

Top Shop PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998) and SEGA Saturn (1998)

In Top Shop, you must be the first to reach a certain amount of money by building shops in different...

Tori no Hoshi: Aerial Planet PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Hugo Ramanski, son of a famous researcher, has come to a planet 3000 light years from Earth called Conius Blue....

Tornado DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1993)

A detailed flight sim of the Tornado strike fighter. Features high-speed, low-altitude precision bombing runs over a battlefield full of...

Tornado: Operation Desert Storm DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Tornado: Operation Desert Storm is an add-on for Digital Integration's Tornado flight simulator. The disk includes 20 pre-programmed missions for...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Toss is a simple game of heads or tails. The player can choose how many times to toss the coin...

Total Air War Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

An F-22 flight simulator that offers you the chance to manage and control your own dynamic campaigns in addition to...

Total Club Manager 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Total Club Manager 2003 is EA's third shot at a football managing game series, following both FIFA Soccer Manager (1997)...

Total Club Manager 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003), PlayStation 2 (2003) and Xbox (2003)

2004 edition for this soccer managerial game that so far has been released only for the European market.The game offers...

Total Club Manager 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), PlayStation 2 (2004) and Xbox (2004)

Total Club Manager 2005 is EA's third game in the Total Club Manager series. If the usual presentation of EA...

Total Control Football DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1996)

Total Control Football offers a managerial approach to American Football simulations. You have been just named general manager of an...

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

Three strategy games are included in this compilation, all sequels to classic games in their own right. SimCity 2000 updated...

Total Immersion Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002) and Macintosh (2003)

Total Immersion Racing is a simulation concentrating on the GT / GTS and PRO (prototypes) classes racing series. Since these...

DOS (1996)

Total Pinball features the same slightly changed four tables as its predecessor Pinball Mania: Kick Off centres around soccer/football, Jail...

Windows (2013)

The Gold Edition of this game contains the main game, the two add-ons as well as all previously released DLC's....

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