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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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Subwar 2050: The Plot Deepens DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

An expansion disk for Subwar 2050, this features a few new subs and weapons across three new campaigns: The Bermuda...

Subway Simulator: Berlin • U7 - World of Subways 2 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Subway Simulator: Berlin • U7 - World of Subways 2 is a simulation of the U-7 line in Berlin. Line...

Sudden Strike II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Like its predecessor, Sudden Strike II is a real-time, strategic, tactical war game set during World War II.The game contains...

Suicide Strike Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983)

A side scroll single shooter aviation game which involves missions flown against an enemy headquarters that requires demolition. Your fuel...

Acorn 32-bit (1998)

SunBurst is a 2D shoot 'em up with an economy and gameplay mechanics similar to the Elite games. It contains...

SunDog: Frozen Legacy Atari ST Front Cover

Atari ST (1985) and Apple II (1984)

You just inherited a one-man star freighter - the SunDog - from an uncle who died under mysterious circumstances. You...

Sunny Garcia Surfing PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

Building upon the gameplay featured in Krome's Championship Surfer, Sunny Garcia Surfing is an updated and improved surfing simulation that...

Super Baseball 2020 Genesis Front Cover

SNES (1993), Genesis (1993), Neo Geo (1991), Neo Geo CD (1995), Wii (2011) and Arcade (1991)

In the year 2020, baseball finally evolved. There is no longer conventional professional baseball in 2020. Baseball designed by the...

Super Battletank SNES Front Cover

Game Boy (1994), SNES (1992), Genesis (1992) and Game Gear (2000)

In February 1991, The United States of America sent troops into Kuwait and fought in armed combat against the forces...

Super Battletank 2 SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

In this sequel to Super Battletank, the player takes control of the feared M1A2 Battletank in 16 missions centered in...

Superbike 2001 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The officially licensed Superbike race sim is back! All the riders, all the bikes, all the teams, all the tracks,...

Super Black Bass SNES Front Cover

SNES (1992)

Super Black Bass is a bass fishing game where players can compete in four different lake tournaments. Player can fish...

Super Caesars Palace SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993) and Genesis (1993)

Super Caesars Palace is the upgraded sequel to the original Caesars Palace for the NES. This version features nine different...

Windows (2003)

Supercharged! is a 3D flying game that is designed to give players an intuitive understanding for introductory electromagnetic reactions. The...

SuperChess MSX Front Cover

MSX (1984)

SuperChess is a computer simulation of the popular chess game with a top-down view. Although this game is very basic...

SNES (1993)

Super Conflict is a strategy game that compares itself to a game of chess: there are two sides (Blue or...

SNES (1993)

Super Goal! 2 is a soccer game with the two game modes: Tournament and Exhibition, that can support two simultaneous...

Super Huey II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988) and Commodore 64 (1986)

Super Huey II is a 2D helicopter simulation with different missions, including: Combat missions POW rescue missions Gulf of terror...

Super Huey III Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Super Huey returns in this update to the classic 1985 game. Train on your huey and then attack the enemy....

Super Huey UH-IX Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1988), Atari 7800 (1988) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

Super Huey UH-IX is a helicopter simulation game. You are the pilot of the experimental helicopter UH-1XA and you need...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1989)

Superleague Soccer is a managerial soccer simulation in which the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of...

Supermarket Mania Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), PSP (2010), Macintosh (2011), PlayStation 3 (2010), iPhone (2009), Nintendo DSi (2010), Android (2011), iPad (2010), Windows Phone (2014) and Windows Apps (2013)

Supermarket Mania, at its core, operates as a time management sim set in a grocery store. Or rather, five grocery...

Super Nudge 2000 ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Super Nudge 2000 is a fruit machine simulator for one player.The game allows the player 10, 20 or 30 credits...

Super Planet Crash Browser Front Cover

Browser (2014)

Super Planet Crash is a simulator inspired by the workings of an orrery, simulating the movements of planetary bodies around...

SuperPower Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

SuperPower is a geopolitical simulation game in the tradition of Balance of Power and Shadow President. Diplomacy, espionage, economics, demographics,...

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