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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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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 Spatial: La Collection Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This is a compilation of: Descent: Freespace - The Great War Descent: Freespace - Silent Threat Freespace 2

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...

Commander: Conquest of the Americas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2013)

Commander: Conquest of the Americas is an economical simulation set in the 16th century and beyond. The player takes the...

Windows (2009)

The Grand Strategy Expansion is an official add-on for Commander: Europe at War. It includes many enhancements and different features...

Command H.Q. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Macintosh (1992) and PC-98 (1992)

A one-on-one, real time strategy war game. Conquer the world or fight smaller battles. Choose your time period/scenario (1918, 1942,...

Commuter Airliners: Eurowings Professional Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Commuter Airliners: Eurowings Professional is an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. The package contains the Airbus A319, BAe-146 and...

Commuter Airliners: Scandinavian Regional 2004 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

This is an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004/2002.It is an updated version of the add-on 'Commuter Airliners - Eurowings...

DOS (1996)

The Final Fury is a compilation of all previous titles from the Great Naval Battles series: Great Naval Battles: North...

Complete SimBin Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Complete SimBin Pack is a compilation including the following three games: GTR Evolution Race 07: The Official WTCC Game STCC:...

Computer Acquire Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1981), TRS-80 (1980) and Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Computer Acquire is adapted from the board game Acquire by Avalon Hill. As in most games of high finance it...

Computer Air Combat Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Computer Air Combat is a simulation of aerial warfare during World War II. Players can choose from flying American, British,...

Computer Ambush Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985), Atari 8-bit (1984) and Macintosh (1987)

Computer Ambush (Improved Version) is a computer tactical simulation of squad vs squad combat in France during World War II....

MSX (1985)

Play against the computer on twelve different levels. During the game you can take back a move, save and load...

DOS (1984)

A direct translation of the Avalon Hill board game of the same name, Circus Maximus. Race your chariot around the...

Atari ST (1993)

Coarse Angler is a one player fishing simulator written in STOS. The idea with the game is to provide an...

Computer EastFront Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

Computer EastFront is an adaptation of the board game EastFront. It is a hex based wargame that simulates the Eastern...

Computer Facts in Five Atari 8-bit Front Cover

DOS (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

A computer version of Avalon Hill's board game, Facts in Five, this game challenges players to recall trivia by category...

Computer Football Strategy Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and TRS-80 (1983)

Computer Football Strategy is modeled after Avalon Hill’s board game based on American style football. Players can select from a...

Computer Napoleonics: The Battle of Waterloo Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Computer Napoleonics: The Battle of Waterloo is a division level simulation of the Battle of Waterloo. It can be played...

Computer Quarterback Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1981) and Atari 8-bit (1981)

Computer Quarterback is a real time strategy simulation of NFL football. There are three ways this game can be played....

Computer Statis Pro Baseball Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1983)

It's about time to get a decent manager for your home team -- you! As the name indicates, this is...

Computer Stocks & Bonds DOS Front Cover

DOS (1982), Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1982), Atari 8-bit (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

PC conversion of the board game.Try to make money at the stock market. Invest in stocks when their exchange price...

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