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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Championship Manager: End of 1994 Season Data Up-date Disk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994), Windows 3.x (1994), Amiga (1994) and Atari ST (1994)

This End of Season Edition is an updated version of Championship Manager 93/94. It adds new team data for the...

DOS (1993), Amiga (1993) and Atari ST (1993)

Championship Manager Italia is an updated version of Championship Manager 93/94. The only difference is that the player now takes...

Championship Manager Online Browser Front Cover

Browser (2005)

Championship Manager Online is an online multiplayer version of the long running Championship Manager series. Like in the single player...

Championship Manager: Season 00/01 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000) and Macintosh (2000)

The Championship Manager series involves choosing a football team and then leading it through a potential 30-year career. You must...

Championship Manager: Season 01/02 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), Xbox (2002) and Macintosh (2001)

This was the fourth and final version of the Championship Manager 3 game engine. The basic gameplay is as ever...

Championship Manager: Season 02/03 Xbox Front Cover

Xbox (2002)

Championship Manager 3 is now exclusive on the Xbox in this iteration. Covering seasons 2002-2003 with: Up to date team...

Championship Manager: Season 03/04 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2004)

Championship Manager: Season 03/04 is the last Sports Interactive edition of the successful series. The game retains all the features...

Championship Manager: Season 97/98 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

This was the final update to Championship Manager 2, and it was fully debugged and had the AI tidied up...

Championship Manager: Season 99/00 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

The first update of Championship Manager 3, and very welcome it was. The basic game is the same, of course,...

Windows (2000)

Championship Rugby Manager is the official game of the European Super League Rugby. The game features all the clubs of...

Champions of Europe SEGA Master System Front Cover

SEGA Master System (1992)

Titled as the official game of UEFA 1992, this game is an arcade top-down soccer game in which the player...

Atari 8-bit (1983)

Chancellor Of The Exchequer is an economic simulation in which the player takes the role of the financial and economic...

Chartbuster Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Chartbuster is a simulation of the music business. The player's task is to create a new band and bring it...

Chartbusters 8 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Chartbusters 8 is an unofficial add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator (v4.0) and Microsoft Flight Simulator (v5.0). This add-on contains new...

PlayStation (1999)

Charumera is a single-player Japanese video game released for the PlayStation in 1999.The game can be thought of as a...

Windows (2008)

You're holed up in a secure military bunker in the year 2097, and while a war-ravaged world rots above, you...

SNES (1994) and Genesis (1993)

Chavez II is the sequel to Chavez, where once again the player can choose from nine fictional boxers including the...

Commodore 64 (1987)

Chernobyl: Nuclear Power Plant Simulation is a simulation of a nuclear power plant. The player takes control of the Chernobyl...

Chess Fusion Android Front Cover

Android (2013)

Chess Fusion is a digital version of the traditional board game of chess. It features 3D graphics that allow the...

Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Children of the Nile (Enhanced Edition) is an updated version of Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile offered online through...

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...

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