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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 (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...

Carrier Strike Force Windows Front Cover English

Windows (2008)

Carrier Strike Force is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight....

Carrier Strike: South Pacific 1942-44 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Carrier Strike simulates naval-air battles in the South Pacific during WWII. Carrier Strike can be used to recreate historical battles...

Cartels & Cutthroat$ DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1981)

Cartel$ & Cutthroat$ is notable for being one of the first business sims in existence. 1-8 players compete for profit...

Car Tycoon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Car Tycoon is a manager game in which you are the owner of a car company that produces and sells...

Amiga (1991)

Cash is a managerial simulation of a shipping agency. Six players (either human or AI) compete to gather the biggest...

DOS (1993)

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Casino De Luxe Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995)

Play many Casino games in a realistic looking Casino. Lose all your money in Las Vegas without really losing it....

Casino Games DOS Front Cover

DOS (1982)

This must be one the first commercial casino games for PC.Play blackjack, slots and poker in ASCII graphics.

Casino Games CDTV Front Cover

CDTV (1992)

This game offers playable video game conversions of the casino table game Roulette, a slot machine called Fruitmania and a...

Casino Games For Windows Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Casino Games For Windows is a collection of shareware games published as part of Idigicon's Family Fun series.The games are...

Casino Inc. Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Casino Inc is a sim in which the player takes on the role of a casino manager. While it does...

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