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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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Browser (2000)

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Brooktown High PSP Front Cover

PSP (2007)

Brooktown High is a dating sim-style game, where the player takes control of a created character, either male or female,...

Windows (1998)

This is a typical hunting game: The player hides behind bushes, waits until an animal crosses and shoots it. As...

PlayStation (2000)

Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling 2 is the second in the Brunswick Circuit series of bowling games. The game uses many...

Windows (2003)

In the year 2012, the corporations of the world paved over the Internet, designing their own network system. Keeping the...

Windows (2004)

This expansion to BS Hacker: Replay brings you 5 more levels, new graphics, and many more features.Take on the Internet...

Buccaneer Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Buccaneer is a strategy game following in the footsteps of Sid Meier's Pirates!. Set during the Age of Sail, you...

Browser (2000)

Buckaroo Blackjack is an online version of blackjack, a popular casino game where the players compete against the dealer. It...

DOS (1990)

Pit historic and legendary baseball teams from 1901 to 1989 against each other with accurate team members and stats in...

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...

DOS (1982)

Bullseye is a simple text-based simulation of the perennial pub game of Darts, for up to 20(!) players. The target...

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...

Commodore 64 (1985)

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

Bundesliga Manager Commodore 64 Front Cover

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 football leagues (Bundesliga, Zweite Liga or...

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...

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