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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NES (1990)

This game is a humorous "star simulation", or, better to say, a strategy game with elements of luck, in which...

Bakusō Dekotora Densetsu for WonderSwan WonderSwan Front Cover

WonderSwan (1999)

You are a young man who lives in Japan and likes driving trucks. There is a competition of truck drivers...

Balance of Power DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Amiga (1987), Atari ST (1987), Apple II (1986), MSX (1988), Macintosh (1985), PC-88 (1989) and PC-98 (1988)

The year is 1986. You take on the role of the US President or the Russian General Secretary. You have...

Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Apple IIgs (1989) and Macintosh (1988)

The objective is the same as in the original Balance of Power: use your military, covert, and industrial forces to...

Balance of the Planet DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Macintosh (1990) and PC-98 (1992)

Balance of the Planet is an environmental management simulation.It is the successor to Balance of Power.Chris Crawford seems to have...

DOS (1982)

A simple pea-shooting simulation: each round starts with a target positioned randomly along the bottom of the screen. At the...

DOS (1988)

A unique CGA 4-color racing game where you control a ball that races on a futuristic racecourse filled with floating...

Nintendo DS (2009)

This version of Band Hero is more of a successor to the Guitar Hero: On Tour games than a port...

Band Hero PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2009), Xbox 360 (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and Wii (2009)

Band Hero is a karaoke/rhythm based game, similar to the Guitar Hero games, but directed at the pop loving teenage...

Atari ST (1989)

Bandit is a simplistic three wheel fruit machine simulator written in 68000 assembler. The simulator has hold, nudge and a...

DOS (1986)

Bandit is a slot machine game. You start with $200 and you can play for $1 to $9 each time,...

Dragon 32/64 (1984)

Bandito is a simulation of a one-armed bandit, with some bells and whistles. Starting out with £1, you pay 10...

Banished Windows Front Cover

Windows (2014)

Banished is a survival city builder game where you start with a small group of exiled travelers and the supplies...

Banzai Bug Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

In Banzai Bug you play a fly who has been trapped in the house of an exterminator, now with the...

Barbie Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984)

Barbie gets a phone call from her boyfriend Ken, asking her if she wants to go somewhere with him. Where...

Barbie Beauty Boutique Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

On Barbie Beauty Boutique, players create the perfect makeover using makeup, hair, nails and fashions for eight events. Characters are...

Barbie Beauty Styler Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Barbie Beauty Styler is a creative painting / drawing package featuring Barbie and her friends Teresa, Kira and Christie. It...

Barbie Magical Fashion iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Barbie Magical Fashion lets players design their very own Barbie, mixing and matches different outfits, hairstyles, tiaras, makeup patterns, accessories,...

Bar Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Amiga (1990)

The best elements of the bar scene have been captured and placed on your PC.Compete in a tournament or practice...

DOS (1992)

The player takes on the role of a secret agent, code-named Barracuda, on a mission to recover from the ocean...

Nintendo DS (2007)

Bartender DS is more of an informative simulation game that teaches you about cocktails. The game contains over 850 recipes...

Windows (1997)

Baseball Mogul is a managerial baseball simulation and runs on the same engine as Football Mogul. The player takes the...

Windows (2001)

Baseball Mogul 2002 is the baseball franchise management game that founded a genre.As General Manager (GM), your job is to...

Baseball Mogul 2003 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

You own a major league baseball team, and it is your job to build the team up into a champion...

Baseball Mogul 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Baseball Mogul 2006 is a managerial baseball simulation. The player takes the role of a General Manager of a Major...

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