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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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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...

Browser (2009)

Captain Forever is a space shoot-em-up set in the vector-based void of classic '80s arcade games in space settings. The...

"Captain Speaking" Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

"Captain Speaking" is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. "Captain Speaking" is not the typical flight simulator add on...

Captain Speaking 2002 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Captain Speaking 2002 is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. It is an updated version of the previous "Captain...

Car and Driver DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Test drive ten of the best cars on ten varying tracks, from Monterey Raceway to a mall parking lot. Game...

DOS (1982)

Educational game for children who want to learn about cars.Car Builder is just what the title says, a car design...

Card Games PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000)

Card Games is a budget title for the Playstation where you get to try your hand at various... card games!...

The Cardinal of the Kremlin DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990) and Amiga (1991)

The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a global management simulation.It is the time of the Cold War. An American ground...

Care Bears: Wish Upon a Cloud iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2014) and iPad (2014)

Care Bears: Wish Upon a Cloud lets you take care of multiple Care Bears with the goal of cheering them...

Cargo Bridge Browser Front Cover

Browser (2009)

Cargo Bridge allows the player to test his engineering skills and build a bridge strong enough to help workers get...

SNES (1995)

Carrier Aces is a 3rd person flight simulator that takes place during World War II. The game is also entirely...

Carrier Force Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Carrier Force is an operational level game featuring combat between American and Japanese forces in 1942. The game was later...

Carriers at War DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Carriers at War is a remake of the original for the Apple II and Commodore 64. The game is a...

Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

Carriers at War 1941-1945: Fleet Carrier Operations in the Pacific is a war simulation (wargame). In the game the player...

Carriers at War II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

Carriers at War II: Fleet Carrier Operations in Southeast Asia 1936-1946, is the follow up to Strategic Studies Group's 1991...

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