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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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ZX Spectrum (1984)

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Break Away ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1983)

Break-Away is a puzzle game In which the object is to score points by freeing the damsel in distress.She's held...

NES (1986)

In the future there is a coliseum featuring automated fighting robots. It was created so a space civilization can research...

Windows (2000)

In Bridge Builder you are playing an architect who designs, builds and eventually tests his bridges.When you start a game,...

Bridge Builder: Planen, Bauen & Testen Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2005)

This version - distributed only in Germany - is a slightly modified and localized version of the Bridge Construction Set....

Windows (2003)

Bridge It is a sequel to Pontifex 2. Like the previous games it is up to you to build a...

Bridge Project Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Bridge Project is a 3D bridge building simulation. Players build bridges for 48 scenarios in different landscapes. Some of the...

BRIDGE! The Construction Game Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

As title says, BRIDGE! The Construction Game is a game about building bridges across stream of water and not getting...

British Airports: Central England Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

British Airports: Central England is the fourth volume in a series of scenery add-on products for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002....

British Airports: Northern England (Part 1) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

British Airports: Northern England (Part 1) is the sixth volume in a series of scenery add-on products for the Microsoft...

Browser (2000)

In this game from the Homestar Runner universe, the player is tasked with feeding protagonist Homestar Runner by making his...

Brooktown High PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Brooktown High is a dating sim-style game, where the player takes control of a created character, either male or female,...

Windows (1998)

This is a typical hunting game: The player hides behind bushes, waits until an animal crosses and shoots it. As...

PlayStation (2000)

Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling 2 is the second in the Brunswick Circuit series of bowling games. The game uses many...

Windows (2003)

In the year 2012, the corporations of the world paved over the Internet, designing their own network system. Keeping the...

Windows (2004)

This expansion to BS Hacker: Replay brings you 5 more levels, new graphics, and many more features.Take on the Internet...

Buccaneer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Buccaneer is a strategy game following in the footsteps of Sid Meier's Pirates!. Set during the Age of Sail, you...

Browser (2000)

Buckaroo Blackjack is an online version of blackjack, a popular casino game where the players compete against the dealer. It...

DOS (1990)

Pit historic and legendary baseball teams from 1901 to 1989 against each other with accurate team members and stats in...

Budokan: The Martial Spirit DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Genesis (1990), Amiga (1989), Commodore 64 (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991), MSX (1991), Amstrad CPC (1991) and BlackBerry (2013)

Budokan is a martial arts game covering Karate (unarmed combat), Kendo (using a wooden sword), Nunchaku (using piercing chain weapons)...

Build-a-lot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Nintendo DS (2008), iPhone (2009) and Android (2009)

As a real-estate developer, it's your job to buy, sell, build, rent, and upgrade houses to make a profit. In...

Build-a-lot 2: Town of the Year Windows Front Cover Hipsoft release

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Build-a-lot 2 is a building contractor simulator, where the player constructs buildings on a city. The game interface shows a...

Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe is another entry in the casual city-building series by HipSoft. As in the previous titles,...

Build City Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Build City is a city-building game set during a monarch's rule in the early 1700s. The player's job is to,...

Building & Co Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Bau AG is a simulation of the complete building industry. From commencement of work at building site to building the...

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