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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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Colin McRae Rally 2005 N-Gage Front Cover

N-Gage (2004)

This N-Gage version won the 2004 BAFTA award for best handheld game. You get to race in locations around the...

Colony Wars PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1997)

Since 3095, the Earth Empire has spread throughout the universe, taking what it wants and destroying the rest - all...

Colony Wars: Vengeance PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1998)

After the first Colony Wars game, the Earth Empire was defeated... and the remnants of this regime sealed inside of...

Colors! 3D Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Colors! 3D is a drawing program with simple, accessible tools: Select brush style, point size, and opacity. Choose from hundreds...

Atari 8-bit (1984)

Colossus Chess 3.0 is a computer version of chess which allows you to play the computer or yourself. The board...

Colossus Chess 4 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1987), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), BBC Micro (1986), Electron (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

Colossus Chess 4 is a computer chess game. The game is customizable and you can monitor all your previous moves....

Comanche 2 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The second iteration in Nova Logic's Comanche series. Fly a Comanche helicopter over a wide variety of terrain and blast...

Comanche 3 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

Take control of the RAH-66 Comanche attack helicopter in the revered Griffin squadron, through over 30 missions. US test pilots...

Comanche 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Comanche 4 is the fourth incarnation of Novalogic's helicopter simulation Comanche. This time, the game uses a real 3D environment...

Comanche CD DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

This is a compilation of the voxel-based simulations of the helicopter RAH-66. It contains the following games:Comanche: Maximum Overkill (base...

Comanche Gold Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

A repackaging of the best-selling helicopter simulation of 1997, Comanche 3, with a host of new features: Enhanced version of...

Comanche: Maximum Overkill DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992)

Comanche: Maximum Overkill is the first helicopter simulator to showcase NovaLogic's Voxel engine, which renders organic and lifelike terrain and...

Comanche: Maximum Overkill - Mission Disk 1 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

Comanche: Global Challenge is the first add-on to Comanche: Maximum Overkill. It adds three new campaigns with 10 missions each,...

Comanche: Over the Edge DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

The second mission disk for the original Comanche adds 4 more campaigns with 10 missions each. There are also new...

Odyssey 2 (1985)

Comando Noturno! (Night Commando!) is a combat flight simulator. The player controls a fighter plane on a night mission, and...

Combat Air Patrol DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1993)

CAP is an accurate flight simulation based around the F-14 Tomcat and the F/A-18 Hornet. Both launched from a carrier...

Combat Collectors: Second Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Combat Collectors: Second Edition is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator X and / or Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.The aircraft...

Combat Course DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1988)

Lace up those boots soldier, and get ready for five levels of challenging action in this boot camp simulator. As...

Combat Leader Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

Combat Leader is a tactical simulation between tank and mechanized infantry companies on the contemporary battlefield. The game can be...

Windows (2002)

Front Lines ... Middle East war zone ... your buddy cries "Medic!" and you scurry on your knees towards him....

Combat Mission 3: Afrika Korps Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Combat Mission 3 - Afrika Corps is the third and last instalment in the Combat Mission series that take place...

Combat Mission Anthology Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Combat Mission Anthology contains all three Combat Mission games in one box.The following games are included: Combat Mission: Beyond...

Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

Join American, British, Polish, French, Canadians, or the German army in WW2, from Invasion of France to the end of...

Combat Mission II: Barbarossa to Berlin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin is the second game in the Combat Mission series. The game covers World War II...

Combat Mission: Shock Force Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Combat Mission: Shock Force is the fourth game in the Combat Mission series, and the first one not to take...

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