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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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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...

Windows (2009)

British Forces is the second official add-on module for Combat Mission: Shock Force. This time player will take command of...

Windows (2008)

Marines is the first official add-on module for Combat Mission: Shock Force. It lets players command the US Marine Corps...

Combat Mission: Shock Force - NATO Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

NATO is the third official add-on module for Combat Mission: Shock Force. It adds Canadian, Dutch and German forces to...

Windows (2004)

Combat over Europe is an unofficial add-on for IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles. It features six campaigns with 40 missions, three...

Combat Pilot: No. 1 (Attack) Squadron Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Combat Pilot: No. 1 (Attack) Squadron is an add-on to Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series and features seven...

PC-88 (1988)

Despite its title, Combat Simulator: Battle Gorilla has nothing to do with the well-known large African primates, but rather with...

Combat Wings: Battle of Britain Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Combat Wings: Battle of Britain is a simulation that puts you in the cockpit of authentic World War II combat...

DOS (1992)

In the simulation of another CBS' TV gameshow with 1,000 questions you can play with a friend or challenge a...

Comicroad PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1997)

Comicroad is a "life simulation" game, starring a young girl (whom the player names themselves) who dreams of becoming a...

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