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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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4 In 1 Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

4 In 1 Racing is a compilation of four racing games published by Midas Interactive Entertainment between 1998 and 2000:...

DOS (1992)

4 Queens Computer Casino is a virtual casino offering 12 different classic casino games from Video Blackjack to Craps and...

4x4 Evo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2001), Dreamcast (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

4x4 Evo is a racing game featuring real-life pickup trucks and SUV's. Actual trucks from manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Ford,...

Amiga (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

In this game the player manages a 500cc motorcycling team, starting with a certain budget of around $4,000,000. The gameplay...

50 Mission Crush DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

50 Mission Crush is a simulation game that puts you into the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber during...

Browser (2000)

5 Alarm Trivia is a time-limited trivia game. The player must correctly answer ten questions before the time runs out....

688 Attack Sub DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1991), Amiga (1990) and PC-98 (1991)

An early submarine game with ten missions which can be played with both American and Soviet attack submarines. The game...

737-400: Greatest Airliners - Special Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. The add-on aircraft has several...

MSX (1984), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1984)

737 Flight Simulator allows the player to sit at the controls of a Boeing 737 twin-engine jet airliner.The upper part...

737 NG: 600 / 700 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

737 NG: 600 / 700 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. It contains two aircraft, the Boeing 737-600...

747 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

747 is an add-on for MS Flight Simulator 95 and MS Flight Simulator 98, extending the original simulations with several...

Commodore 64 (1985), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1984)

747 is a flight simulator allowing yourself to fly a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet at various airports including Newcastle, Gatwick...

747-200 Ready for Pushback Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

747-200 Ready for Pushback is an add on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. This is a...

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1984), Dragon 32/64 (1982), BBC Micro (1983) and Electron (1983)

747 Flight Simulator allows the player to sit at the controls of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet airliner.The upper part...

757 Captain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

757 Captain is an expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight or Microsoft Flight Simulator X that...

757 Professional Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

757 Professional is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 providing the Boeing 757 for the game. Both the -200...

7 Sins Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005) and PlayStation 2 (2005)

In this 3rd person game, you interact with other characters to gain their confidence. Each character has interests that provide...

NES (1988)

This game is a simulation of horoscope/fortune-telling. In the beginning of the game, you enter your name, then choose your...

Windows (1997)

An addon for Microsoft Flight Simulator for Windows 95 and FS 98. You are a pilot flying rescue missions. The...

Windows (2001)

911 Fire Rescue is a first-person "Douser" that pits you against raging fires. You run into burning buildings with your...

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Go where the action is as a 911 Paramedic. You answer the calls - You arrive at the scene first...

A-10 Attack! Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1995)

A-10 Attack! is an air combat flight simulator. The game features the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, affectionately known as the...

A-10 Cuba! Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

A-10 Cuba!, the sequel to A-10 Attack!, is a military air combat simulator featuring the Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ground...

A-10 Tank Killer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989) and Amiga (1991)

This simulation puts you in the cockpit of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, which is also known as the "Warthog". As...

Amiga (1995)

This double pack includes version 1.5 of A-10 Tank Killer and the Campaign Set 2 add-on. In total this makes...

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