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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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Caesar DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

The first in the strategy series set in the Roman Empire’s peak era starts off with you as ruler of...

Caesar (Die Gold-Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Caesar: Die Gold-Edition contains: Caesar Caesar II Sneak preview of Caesar III

Caesar III Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1999)

Caesar III is a city building game, in which you place building and lay out zones. You are in charge...

Caesar IV Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Caesar IV is the long-awaited sequel to Caesar III. In this historic city-building game, you govern a province of the...

Caesars Palace DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990)

This game allows you to play in the Caesars Palace casino. It offers a taste of six card games: 5-Card...

Caesars Palace Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1992)

An upgraded version of the NES version, Caesars Palace for Macintosh features Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker (Paigow, 7 and 5 Stud,...

Caesars Palace PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Players enter the Las Vegas casino Caesars Palace and try to turn their starting $1000 dollars into a fortune. Players...

Caesars Palace Game Boy Front Cover

Game Boy (1991), NES (1992) and Game Gear (1993)

This game allows you to play in the Caesars Palace casino. You wander around the casino and play video poker,...

Caesars Palace 2000 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation (2000) and Dreamcast (2000)

Play authentic Caesars Palace casino games without going to Las Vegas! The game includes Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slots, Baccarat, Video...

Game Boy Advance (2001)

A collection of casino 'money making' games for GBA.Play Video Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette,Video Horse Racing, and Keno, while making...

Caesars Palace II PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

Caesars Palace II is the follow-up of Caesars Palace where once again the player is given $1,000 to either make...

Caesars World of Gambling CD-i Front Cover

CD-i (1991)

Caesars World of Gambling is much like the many other iterations. The player starts out with $500 to gamble in...

Café World Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Café World is a restaurant management game, very similar to Restaurant City. The player starts with a small restaurant for...

Caillou Check Up iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

In Caillou Check Up the player joins Caillou as he visits the doctor and learn all about doctor visits and...

Linux (2002), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Call of Combat is a free cross-platform 3D World War II multiplayer combat simulator. The game is made in Java...

Camgoo Sixplay Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Camgoo Sixplay brings the gameplay experience of the PlayStation 2 EyeToy peripheral and games to the PC. Like the EyeToy...

Campaign DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1993)

Campaign covers some of the most important battles of the Second World War, from Sahara to the Russian campaign, and...

Windows (2000)

A turn-based wargame focusing on the North American revolutionary war.Gameplay uses standard hex-based tactical basics with the standard order and...

Campaign: From North Africa to Northern Europe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Requiring the original Campaign game, this disk brings 25 specific scenarios into the game system. With this, most of the...

Campaign Including 25 Extra Missions DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

This CD-ROM double pack features the WW2 strategy and tank simulation hybrid Campaign and its data disk From North Africa...

DOS (1994)

Canton is a shareware historical trading simulation game, set in the 18th century China. Taking the role of Atlas Pathfinder,...

Capcom's Soccer Shootout SNES Front Cover

SNES (1994)

Capcom's Soccer Shootout let's up to four players take the helm of 12 different international soccer teams in a series...

Capitalism DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

Capitalism is a real-time strategy game where you are CEO of a corporation. Your goal is to defeat your competitors,...

Capitalism Plus DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows (1997)

Enhanced version of "Capitalism". Build your personal business empire. In order to do so you can control the whole production...

J2ME (2005)

Enter the glittering Capone casino. You are given a loan, interest payable of course, by the notorious Big Al to...

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