DescriptionSimulation 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.
Big Oil is a simulation where the player manages a company in the oil business. The first part is played...
Windows 3.x (1994)
The Big One is a simulation of the effects of an earthquake in Los Angeles. Player's task in the game...
Big Rig is a simulation that lets you experience the life of a long-distance trucker. Your task is to safely...
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing allows you to play as one of four rigs racing against a competing company...
Big Shot Roulette is an online adaptation of the original casino game, roulette. In it, a ball is thrown onto...
TurboGrafx CD (1988)
One of the first games that used the CD-ROM format (and also one of the first ones that featured voice...
Biko can be described as a "stalking simulation". You play as Akira, a guy who stalks pretty girls. When you...
Biko 2 is a Japanese 3D stalking simulation. You play as Inagaki Tetsuya, a guy who stalks pretty girls. The...
The third game in Biko series is once again a 3D "stalking simulator". You control Takumi, an ordinary Japanese guy...
BIONICLE: Which Toa Are You? is a personality test based on the 2004 LEGO BIONICLE storyline. The player answers a...
TRS-80 CoCo (1986)
Biosphere can be seen as some sort of precursor to the more known Maxis game SimLife. The player assumes the...
In this sequel to Bird Hunter, the player assumes the role of a hunter, going around hunting for most forms...
Bird Hunter: Upland Edition is an upland bird hunting simulation. Hunt quail, pheasant, dove, grouse, etc and bring along your...
Birthdays is a dating simulation game. The goal of the game is to successfully date a girl of the player's...
Birth of America is a strategic war simulation covering two important conflicts in the history of the United States -...
Top games by as rated by the press:
- 97 Alter Ego
- 95 Gran Turismo
- 93 Wing Commander
- 93 Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon
- 93 Real Racing
- 92 World Soccer: Winning Eleven 7 International
- 92 Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
- 92 Slam Tilt
- 92 Rock Band
- 92 Real Racing 2
Games must have at least a MobyRank of 80 to be considered.
Top games by as rated by our users:
- 5.00 1942: The Pacific Air War Scenario (1995)
- 4.72 Aces: The Complete Collector's Edition (1995)
- 4.61 Air Warrior (1990)
- 4.61 Air Warrior (1992)
- 5.00 A-Train (1995)
- 3.71 A-Train (1990)
- 5.00 Barbie Magical Fashion (2014)
- 5.00 Barbie Magical Fashion (2014)
- 5.00 Bassin's Black Bass (1994)
- 5.00 Best Before (2010)
Games must have at least 1 votes and a MobyScore of 4.0 to be considered.