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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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Biggles Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

WE Johns’ tales of a brave World War 1 pilot were updated for a 1980s feature film, with a plot...

Windows (2005)

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...

DOS (1987)

Big Rig is a simulation that lets you experience the life of a long-distance trucker. Your task is to safely...

Big Rig Europe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2012)

Euro Truck Simulator depicts the life of a long distance truck driver. Drive cargo and complete missions across Europe to...

Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing allows you to play as one of four rigs racing against a competing company...

Big Sea: The Better One Will Win DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Amiga (1994)

Management simulation about production, trading and conquest set in a fantasy world with dragons and wizards.

Browser (2000)

Big Shot Roulette is an online adaptation of the original casino game, roulette. In it, a ball is thrown onto...

The BIGS PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2007), PSP (2007), Xbox 360 (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and Wii (2007)

The BIGS is an arcade-style baseball game that is less focused on the intricate details of the game and more...

Biing!: Sex, Intrigue and Scalpels DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1995)

Biing!: Sex, Intrigue and Scalpels is an erotic hospital-management simulation. You must build a hospital, starting from buying a building...

TurboGrafx CD (1988)

One of the first games that used the CD-ROM format (and also one of the first ones that featured voice...

Windows (1999)

Biko can be described as a "stalking simulation". You play as Akira, a guy who stalks pretty girls. When you...

Windows (2000)

Biko 2 is a Japanese 3D stalking simulation. You play as Inagaki Tetsuya, a guy who stalks pretty girls. The...

Windows (2004)

The third game in Biko series is once again a 3D "stalking simulator". You control Takumi, an ordinary Japanese guy...

Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1991) and NES (1991)

The signature of former champion Bill Elliott adorns one of the first few NASCAR racing games. There are six tracks,...

Bingo Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Bingo is a simulation of the game of Bingo, which also includes a simulation of the game of Keno.In Bingo,...

Commodore 64 (1984) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

Bingo is a gambling game where four to 100 players can play each other with four Bingo cards on the...

Browser (2004)

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...

Windows (2002)

In this sequel to Bird Hunter, the player assumes the role of a hunter, going around hunting for most forms...

Windows (1999)

Bird Hunter: Upland Edition is an upland bird hunting simulation. Hunt quail, pheasant, dove, grouse, etc and bring along your...

Birds of Prey DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1991)

Birds of Prey is a flight simulation set in a fictional battle between the Soviet Union (B-side) and the Nato...

Birds of Steel Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2012) and PlayStation 3 (2012)

Birds of Steel is a combat flight simulator set during World War II. It contains over 100 licensed airplanes from...

PC-98 (1994)

Birthdays is a dating simulation game. The goal of the game is to successfully date a girl of the player's...

Birth of America Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Birth of America is a strategic war simulation covering two important conflicts in the history of the United States -...

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