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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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Castles DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1992), Atari ST (1991), PC-98 (1992), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

Build a series of castles to gain dominion over all the land. You'll have to make decisions that will affect...

Castles II: Siege & Conquest DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1993), Amiga CD32 (1993), Macintosh (1994), PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1993)

Castles II expands on the original by changing the interface and adding video cutscenes on the CD-based versions.You choose to...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Choose from eleven tough and rugged Caterpillar machines including tractors, backhoes, and bulldozers. Dig ditches, move boulders, and perform daring...

Browser (2006)

The player controls a heterosexual male visitor to some future planet inhabited by nubile catgirls. Over the course of his...

Catz Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

Following the tradition of the Petz series for PC, the series starts now in Nintendo's handheld.Catz, along with Dogz, is...

Game Boy Color (1999)

Catz is a virtual pet and basically the same game as Dogz. The player adopts a cat and has to...

Catz Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Catz is an offering in the long running series of Petz games. It is the PC equivalent of the 2006...

Windows (1998)

Catz 3 is a virtual pet program wherein the player raises a kitten to adulthood. The player can have as...

Catz 5 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Catz 5 takes the concept of the previous games in the Virtual Petz series and adds new features such as...

Catz II: Your Virtual Petz Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Catz 2 is the second game in which you are given catz to play with on your computer. In this...

Windows (1996)

Everything was fine in the fantasy country Dwarfia - until two magicians were bored and competed their magic abilities. Unfortunately...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

Kyūma Yon Shimai is a pachinko slot machine gambling game. The player controls a nameless protagonist who finds himself in...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

CD Pachisuro Bishōjo Gambler is a slot machine simulation. The player can choose between a few dozens of slot machines,...

ExEn (2003)

Celebrity Chic is a game with the goal of helping two girls to become celebrities. They will face dangerous situations...

Windows (2002)

This game is an amusing extension of the Game of Life: fidgety swarms of tiny critters wage a war against...

Centerbase Amiga Front Cover

Amiga (1992)

Centerbase is a business simulation with many similarities to reLINE's earlier Oil Imperium. Four landlords compete for the money of...

C.E.O. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

Dwight Owen Barnes (played by James Coburn), the longtime Chief Executive Officer of the “A-IV Group”, a multinational corporation with...

Chain Reaction Windows Front Cover This is a cut-away panel

Windows (2002)

Chain Reaction is a 3D variation of The Incredible Machine. You solve puzzles by arranging an assortment of levers, belts,...

PC-98 (1993)

Chakra consists of four mini-games:Chakra de Chuck Norris: a timed quiz. The player can choose a theme (anime, magazines, or...

Browser (2009)

Rhythm-matching games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band urge players to respond to the appearance of coloured indicators on...

Champion's Choice Palm OS Front Cover

Windows (2005), Palm OS (2005) and Windows Mobile (2005)

A compilation of the games: Kasparov Chessmate The Emperor's Mahjong Reel Deal Casino Quest! Pop's Pipes Slurp All games except...

Championship Fishing Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Championship Fishing is a fishing simulation based on the waters around the UK.The player gets the choice of twelve locations,...

Championship Golf: The Great Courses of the World - Volume One: Pebble Beach DOS Front Cover

DOS (1986) and Amiga (1986)

Championship Golf: The Great Courses of the World - Volume I: Pebble Beach is a golf game which features the...

Championship Manager DOS Front Cover

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

Championship Manager starts a series of football management games, which means that you don't actually control your players during matches,...

Championship Manager PSP Front Cover

PSP (2005)

This first portable edition of the most famous brand of football management simulation Championship Manager arrives on PSP. It's based...

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