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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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Commodore 64 (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Bonzo! is an electronic version of the classical board game Chutes and Ladders. In the game you can challenge a...

Boong!?: Die ultimatiefe Fußballsimulation Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1996)

Boong?!: Die ultimatiefe Fußballsimulation is a German soccer management simulation with graphics in a comic style. The game contains only...

Arcade (2000)

The game's purpose is to relieve a stress caused by the people that make your life miserable. The list goes...

Boot Camp DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987), Amstrad CPC (1987) and Arcade (1987)

Boot Camp is a slight twist on the sports game genre. The player is in a military boot camp, and...

Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1988)

The sequel to the 1989 game Waterloo takes us back to the village of Borodino on the 7th of September,...

Börsenfieber DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

Become a Wall Street Trader with this managerial-simulation for up to 4 players. At the start of the game stands...

Windows (1996)

A freeware, cab-view only train simulator originally designed in Japan and since translated into English by enthusiasts across the globe....

Commodore 64 (1984) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Boswain the player has fallen through a trap door and is locked inside a room. A figure by the...

PlayStation (1996) and SEGA Saturn (1996)

One of the earliest in Konami's franchise, this version featured 300 actual MLB players at the time, but did not...

PlayStation (1996)

The sequel to Bottom of the 9th, this version still continues to provide players with a full authentic MLB license...

PlayStation (1998)

This baseball game features the following game modes: exhibition, season, training, and scenario.Exhibition mode lets the player play against the...

Windows (2006)

BotuPlay is a standalone add-on to RapeLay.It adds a series of unrelated vignettes that are not actually part of the...

Boxer's Road PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1995)

Boxer's Road is an early boxing simulation game by NEW, who would later be responsible for the Victorious Boxers series....

Brain Boost: Beta Wave Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

A brain exercising game in the style of Brain Age that was developed by Dr. Makoto Shichida of Newport University...

DOS (1993) and Amiga (1992)

Bravo Romeo Delta is a single player game that allows you to control either the United States' or the USSR's...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

As a Life Corps volunteer, you have been sent to the planet Prolon, following a distress call from the team...

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...

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