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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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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...

The Blue Marlin NES Front Cover

NES (1991)

The Blue Marlin is a big, strong, quick fish with a long nose. To catch such a fish is the...

Blue Max: Aces of the Great War DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1990)

Blue Max is a World War I fighter plane simulator, where the player may fly fighter planes such as Fokker,...

Windows (2002)

Hacking is not a simple thing to do. Yet, you will have to do just that if you want to...

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Based on the best-selling chess-book of the same name by Bobby Fischer.The educational course, illustrated history of chess and 500...

Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

A game based on the UK's popular game show hosted by Bob Monkhouse called "Bob's Full House". Up to 4...

Windows (1999)

Body Glove's Bluewater Hunter is a game based on the sports of spear fishing and it is endorsed by the...

Bodyworks Voyager: Missions in Anatomy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

The end of the 21st century is nearing; despite phenomenal gains in technology, humanity is still plagued by infectious diseases....

Bogey: Dead 6  PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

The player takes the role of an air pilot who is part of an elite first strike air unit. This...

Bokujō Monogatari: Harvest Moon for Girl PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

As a young girl, you took a cruise aboard a luxury ship. However, your life was in peril when the...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

Boku wa Kōkū Kanseikan is an air traffic controller simulation. Four different airports in Japan: Nagoya, New Chitose, Kansai, and...

Bomb Alley Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982)

Bomb Alley is an operational level wargame built upon improved engine from Guadalcanal Campaign. It focuses on the battles between...

PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Bonnō-Yobikō 2 is a simulation of a game show (quiz). The player is given a time limit for each stage,...

PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

Bonnō-Yobikō 3 is a quiz game. Unlike the previous game, it has a story with a protagonist: Miyake Kenichirou, a...

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...

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