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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Backpacker Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1995), Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

Backpacker is a game about travelling around the world. The objective is to travel around the world as fast as...

Backpacker 2 Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

The sequel to Backpacker. The game is still about travelling around the world, but it also offers some new features....

Back to Baghdad DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Back to Baghdad is a simulation of the air war over Iraq a few years after the end of the...

BAD_MACHINE\ DOS Front Cover

Linux (1998), DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

What happens when a computer has no programming? What if there is nothing stopping it from using its systems to...

Bagger-Simulator 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Bagger-Simulator 2008 is a digger simulation. Despite its name it doesn't focus on realism and the controls are limited to...

Windows (2010)

Bagger-Simulator 2011 simulates the work of a digger vehicle user. The biggest difference to its predecessor are the additional locations,...

Baja: Edge of Control Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2008) and PlayStation 3 (2008)

Baja: Edge of Control is an off-road racing game based on the real-life Baja 1000 race series held in California....

Bakery Story iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2010) and iPad (2010)

Bakery Story is a simulation game very similar to Restaurant Story. The player manages a bakery (which also acts like...

NES (1990)

In Bakushō!! Ai no Gekijō, you create one to four characters. You choose their name and gender, as well as...

NES (1989)

Bakushou!! Jinsei Gekijou is a board game which is at the same time a life simulation. Four characters participate in...

NES (1991)

"Bakushou!! Jinsei Gekijou 2" is a board game, during which you follow the lives of up to 4 characters. The...

NES (1991)

The third game in "Bakushou!! Jinsei Gekijou" series follows the same principles as the first two. It is a board...

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...

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