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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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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...

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1985)

This early simulation of "The Battle of the Bulge" uses a semi-realtime system for gameplay, consisting of 15 minute time-ticks...

Apple II (1978), TRS-80 (1978) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Bulls and Bears is a stock market simulation game for up to five players. Each player starts with a $50,000...

Bullseye Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1984), Amstrad CPC (1985), BBC Micro (1984) and Electron (1984)

A computer game version of a famed TV quiz show based around the game of darts. The computer version features...

Bully's Sporting Darts DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993), Atari ST (1993), Commodore 64 (1992), ZX Spectrum (1992) and Amstrad CPC (1993)

Do you like to play darts? Would you like to have the opportunity to play darts on your computer? Here...

Bundeskanzler 2009-2013 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In Bundeskanzler 2009-2013 the player becomes Bundeskanzler, the German Federal Chancellor. The game is very similar to G.P.S.: Geo-Political Simulator,...

Windows (2009)

Bundeskanzler 2009-2013: World Edition is an add-on for Bundeskanzler 2009-2013 and brings it basically to the same range of functions...

Bundesliga 99 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

The German version of this soccer management game allows you to take over the responsibility for one of 108 German...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Bundesliga Live is a managerial simulation of the German Premier League ("Bundesliga") back in the nineteen-eighties, using real club and...

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990), Atari ST (1990), Commodore 64 (1990), iPhone (2011) and iPad (2011)

Bundesliga Manager is a managerial simulator for a team in the top three German Soccer Leagues (Bundesliga, Zweite Liga, Regionalliga)....

Bundesliga Manager 98 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Bundesliga Manager 98 is a managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial success of...

Bundesliga Manager: Champions-Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Bundesliga Manager: Champions-Pack contains the following "back four" and includes a large printed manual with approximately 300 pages: Bundesliga Manager...

Bundesliga Manager Hattrick: Supporter DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

This is an add-on for Kron's Bundesliga Manager Hattrick. It adds new stats, goal scoring scenes etc. Also includes an...

Bundesliga Manager Professional DOS Front Cover

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

Your favorite soccer team is in the third class, has no money and no future? Take the job as a...

Bundesliga Manager Professional (Limited Edition) DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1992)

The Limited Edition of the Bundesliga Manager Professional contains the original game plus two extra-disks (Zusatz Torszenen-Disk and Tor Ed...

Bundesliga Manager X Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Bundesliga Manager X is a typical German managerial soccer simulation where the player is responsible for the athletic and financial...

Burger Shop Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Macintosh (2008), iPhone (2013), Android (2013) and iPad (2013)

Having received a mysterious set of blueprints in the mail, you discover it's for a BurgerTron 2000 automated machine with...

Burnout: Championship Drag Racing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998)

Burnout is racing simulation devoted to the world of drag racing. You fine-tune your car in the hopes of then...

Burnout: Championship Drag Racing - Player's Choice Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998) and Windows (1998)

The Player's Choice Edition of Burnout Championship Drag Racing was basically an add-on and an enhancement to the original Burnout....

Bus Driver Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2011)

Bus Driver is a driving game with a difference. It doesn't rely on speed or encourage the player to smash...

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