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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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Children of the Nile Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Children of the Nile Pack is a bundle containing Children of the Nile (Enhanced Edition) and the add-on Children of...

Chocobo Stallion PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2008), PlayStation 3 (2008) and PS Vita (2012)

Chocobo Stallion is a game in Square's long running Chocobo series. The game is a spin-off of sorts of the...

Chocolatier Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007), Nintendo DS (2010), Macintosh (2007), iPhone (2009) and BlackBerry (2009)

Buy a chocolate factory and get to making your own luxury sweets! Chocolatier is a whimsical historical business simulation of...

Chocolatier 2: Secret Ingredients Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Several years ago, you helped Evangeline Baumeister to save her family's chocolate business. Now, it is the 1920's but the...

Chocolatier: Decadence by Design Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Well, you got Baumeister Confections back on track and they have survived, so far. They made it through the Great...

DOS (1990)

Fly your chopper and complete various missions in this simple helicopter simulation game. You create your own pilot, and as...

Chris Moneymaker's World Poker Championship Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Chris Moneymaker's World Poker Championship is a poker game that lets the player play eight different kind of poker games...

Chris Sawyer's Locomotion Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Locomotion is a cross between Chris Sawyer's RollerCoaster Tycoon series and Transport Tycoon. The game has the base concept taken...

Chromehounds Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2006)

In an alternate future, the cold war ends differently resulting in a 3rd world war. With the world in a...

Chronicles of Osgorth: The Shattered Alliance Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

The Shattered Alliance is a tactical simulation of the first battles of the planet Osgorth. The game is designed for...

Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Macintosh (1988) and PC-98 (1988)

In Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer you have the chance to test pilot 14 different airplanes, such as the Bell...

Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer 2.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Follow-up to EA's first flight trainer from the mid-eighties. A nice flight simulator offering many different planes and various flight...

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1993)

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat is a flight combat simulation. Fight over 50 missions with Chuck Yeager's advice on your side....

Chuggington Traintastic Adventures Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Based on the popular kids TV show, Chuggington Traintastic Adventures lets you play adventures from the TV show, watch episode...

Cindy's Caribbean Holiday PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation (2004)

Cindy's Caribbean Holiday is a single player game aimed at young girls and which consists of a series of simple...

Windows (2004) and PlayStation (2004)

Cindy's Fashion World is a single player game aimed at young girls and which consists of a series of simple...

Cinema Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Cinema Empire is a typical managerial simulation where the player manages a movie theater. The basic work procedure is no...

Nintendo DS (2006)

One day out of the blue, a dog with large ears that enables it to fly, dropped out of the...

Circus Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Circus Empire is a game in Enlight's Empire series. In this game the player has to manage a circus.Of primary...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Ladiiiieeeees and gentlemeeeeennnnn! Children of all ages! The Greatest Show on Earth proudly presents... Circus Games!As a tiger trainer, you...

Cities in Motion Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

In Cities in Motion the player needs to design and plan the public traffic network of four cities: Vienna, Helsinki,...

Cities in Motion 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Cities in Motion 2 is a simulation of public traffic. While the predecessor offered historical scenarios, this one is completely...

Cities in Motion 2: Back to the Past Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Back to the Past is the first downloadable content (DLC) for Cities in Motion 2, which features one new bus,...

Cities in Motion 2: Marvellous Monorails Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Marvellous Monorails is the third downloadable content (DLC) for Cities in Motion 2, which features five new vehicle types: Capitol...

Cities in Motion 2: Olden Times Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Olden Times is the second downloadable content (DLC) for Cities in Motion 2, which features two new buses, one ferry,...

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