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Simulation

Description

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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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,...

Super Strike Eagle SNES Front Cover

SNES (1993)

Microprose's F-15 Strike Eagle series returns with an edition for the Super Nintendo. Super Strike Eagle puts you in the...

Amiga (1996)

Super TaeKwonDo Master is a 2D action martial arts simulator for 1 or 2 players (3 to 6 players in...

Commodore 64 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Super Trek is an adaptation of Star Trek. The game is mostly identical with the player in control of the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

This version of Super Trek features different graphics and one additional weapon. The player can utilize corbomite which destroys the...

DOS (1993)

Super-VGA Harrier is an upgraded version of AV-8B Harrier Assault, but modified to use SVGA resolution (640x480), otherwise, the game...

Super-VGA Harrier & MiG-29M Super Fulcrum CD Compendium DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

A compilation of two classic Simis flight sims:Super-VGA Harrier has you flying the US Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier II from...

Super Wing Commander 3DO Front Cover

3DO (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

Super Wing Commander is a remake of the first Wing Commander with new graphics and sound.As in the original game,...

Supreme Ruler 2010 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Supreme Ruler 2010 is a semi real-time strategy game about world politics, economics, diplomacy, and eventually military might in a...

Supreme Ruler 2020 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This sequel to Supreme Ruler 2010 continues a similar style of gameplay of its predecessor with upgraded features. Most noticeable,...

Supreme Ruler: Cold War Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2013)

Supreme Ruler: Cold War continues in the same vein as its predecessor, Supreme Ruler 2020, being a grand strategy computer...

Supreme Ruler Plus TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1983)

Supreme Ruler Plus is a strategy/simulation game, sequel to the 1982 TRS-80 release 'Supreme Ruler'. The player takes the role...

Survival: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Survival is a a real time strategy simulation that challenges the user to help stranded victims survive in a remote...

J2ME (2004)

Survivor is an action game based on a popular reality TV show. You are one of the final five castaways...

SNES (1993)

This recreation of one of the classic motorbike races uses Super FX technology for the rotating graphics. Five different variations...

Sven-Göran Eriksson's World Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002), PlayStation (2002) and PlayStation 2 (2002)

In 2002 Anco developed two soccer games that were licensed by the Swedish England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson. One was a...

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