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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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City Bus Simulator 2010: New York Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

In City Bus Simulator 2010: New York the player takes control over Carlos who is a bus driver who just...

City Crisis PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2001)

City Crisis is a helicopter rescue game. Your goal in this game is to move your chopper from accident to...

City Life Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

City Life is another take on the old city building genre. Like SimCity, it requires you to build a functioning...

City Life DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

City Life DS is the Nintendo DS version of the City Life Windows game, a city building game similar to...

City Life Edition 2008 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

In this second expansion of City Life, 60 new buildings and 10 new maps are added. In addition, real satellite...

City Life: World Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This first expansion to the game City Life includes a few extras. In addition to the 100 new buildings and...

City Rain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Xbox 360 (2009)

City Rain is a strategic, ecological city planning simulation combined with timed falling block puzzle gameplay. The game is set...

City Story iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2010), Android (2011) and iPad (2010)

City Story is a city-building simulation. The player is initially provided with a rather small area and a modest amount...

CityVille Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

CityVille is a social game on Facebook. The goal in the game is to found and grow a city. The...

Browser (2012)

CityVille 2 is a social game on social networks, a sequel to CityVille. The goal in the game is to...

Browser (2014)

A minimalist mash-up between Candy Clicker and Civilization, this game tasks the player with building a triumphal society by clicking...

Civil Air Patrol Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Civil Air Patrol is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.It adds the following aircrafts:Cessna...

Civilization: Call to Power Linux Front Cover

Linux (1999), Windows (1999) and Macintosh (2000)

Civilization: Call to Power is a turn-based empire building game. The players start a civilization in the stone age and...

Civilization II: Test of Time Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Civilization 2 returns with all new adventures to complete. Included is the original Civilization 2, which now extends into the...

DOS (1983) and Commodore PET/CBM (1978)

Civil War is a war strategy simulation. You play as the confederacy in the American Civil War, and need to...

Browser (2007)

The only game that Homestar Runner is allowed to play, Clapping Party made its debut in the Strong Bad e-mail...

Gizmondo (2005)

This is the first of two board game compilations released for the Gizmondo. It contains five traditional board games: Chess,...

Gizmondo (2005)

The second collection of board games for the Gizmondo. This one has a more eastern approach than the first one....

Close Assault Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982) and TRS-80 (1982)

From a time when the best graphics a computer game offered were on the front cover of the box, Avalon...

Close Combat III: The Russian Front Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Yet another Real Time Strategy game... Yet another WWII game... but unlike most WWII games, this one takes place on...

Close Combat: Invasion: Normandy - Utah Beach to Cherbourg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

On June 6th, 1944 the combined forces of the United States, Great Britain, Canada and France launched the greatest amphibious...

Close Combat: The Battle of the Bulge Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Relive the infamous Battle of the Bulge as the Germans or Americans. This entry, fourth in the Close Combat series,...

Cloud Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Have you ever wanted to fly amongst the clouds? In the skies above a series of small islands you will...

Cluedo ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986) and BBC Micro (1986)

Cluedo is a version of the popular Waddington's board game known as Clue in the U.S.A.The game is a detective...

The Clue! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Amiga (1994) and Amiga CD32 (1994)

You play Matt Stuvysant, a man of Polish descent and criminal persuasion. You arrive in London with nothing but the...

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