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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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The Bitter End Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Gibrian was walking along one day when he happened to step in a mysterious pool of metallic goo. Before he...

DOS (1988)

Biznesman is a simple trade game, which consists of buying and selling all kinds of goods in cities around the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1979)

Bjack is a simulation of the card game Black Jack. The player takes it up against the bank and can...

DOS (1987)

Russco produced several pinball games using Pinball Construction Set. Here's another one, always playable for up to four players. This...

Black Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989) and J2ME (2007)

Four oil companies (each of which can he human or computer controlled) do battle to dominate the lucrative oil industry,...

Black Gold DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1992)

This managerial simulation for up to 4 players has the same title as the game from reLINE, but in this...

Black Hawk Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Black Hawk is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X or Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight.The helicopter...

DOS (1984)

Blackjack is a computerized version of the casino card game. The object of the game is to get a higher...

Atari 2600 (1977) and Atari 8-bit (1980)

Blackjack is based on the casino card game of the same name. You can play alone or with up to...

DOS (1984)

When IBM first conceived the PC, they had the foresight to design the four playing-card suites right into its built-in...

BlackJack Academy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Amiga (1987), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple IIgs (1988)

This Blackjack game allows from 1 to 5 players and uses pre-defined rules from Las Vegas, Downtown Vegas, Reno and...

Blackjack & Poker TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1981)

Card games and computers seem to go hand-in-hand. TI's offering, Blackjack & Poker, allows you to play Blackjack or Stud...

DOS (1995)

Black Knight is an air combat F/A-18 Hornet flight simulator. It features 50 different combat missions, 8 training missions as...

Black Market Bowling PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Take to the lanes with this exciting bowling game featuring a large and diverse cast of crazy personalities. Whether you...

Black Monday DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987)

Black Monday is a stock market simulation for one to six players. The goal is to earn as much money...

Black & White Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2002)

Spiritual descendant of the Populous games, Black & White is a 'god' game in which players take the role of...

Black & White: Creature Isle Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Plenty of new features are available in this expansion pack to Black & White: New Creature Pets allow your creature...

Black & White Deluxe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

This is the full version of Black & White combined with Black & White: Creature Isle. Nothing else is included....

Blades of Thunder II Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

In the near future, an unknown military force has appeared in South America. This force starts getting ready for a...

PlayStation (1999)

Kayne, the sole survivor of the Wolf Squadron, is tasked with saving the Vorn which is being attacked from the...

Blitzkrieg at the Ardennes DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1989)

Blitzkrieg: Battle At The Ardennes is a conversion of the 1965 board game Blitzkrieg from Avalon Hill. In stead of...

Windows (2003)

Blockworks is a construction set that allows you to create a scene from a myriad (100+) of predefined blocks. Blocks...

Windows (2003)

Blockworks is a construction set that allows you to create a scene from a selection of several dozen predefined blocks....

Blue Angels: Formation Flight Simulation DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1990)

Blue Angels: Formation Flight Squadron is an F/A-18 flight simulator, with a focus on Air Shows. The Blue Angels are...

Blue Lightning Jaguar Front Cover

Jaguar (1995)

The insanely evil General Drako is spreading his own special blend of spite and chaos around the globe. You are...

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