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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Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), Apple II (1987), ZX Spectrum (1989), MSX (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), Macintosh (1988) and PC-98 (1988)

In Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer you have the chance to test pilot 14 different airplanes, such as the Bell...

Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Trainer 2.0 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Follow-up to EA's first flight trainer from the mid-eighties. A nice flight simulator offering many different planes and various flight...

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Macintosh (1993)

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat is a flight combat simulation. Fight over 50 missions with Chuck Yeager's advice on your side....

Chuggington Traintastic Adventures Android Front Cover

iPhone (2012), Android (2012) and iPad (2012)

Based on the popular kids TV show, Chuggington Traintastic Adventures lets you play adventures from the TV show, watch episode...

Ciel nosurge: Ushinawareta Hoshi e Sasagu Uta PS Vita Front Cover PS Vita the Best version

PS Vita (2012)

Ciel nosurge is the first game in the Surge Concerto series, which shares a universe and themes with the Ar...

Cindy's Caribbean Holiday PlayStation Front Cover

Windows (2004) and PlayStation (2004)

Cindy's Caribbean Holiday is a single player game aimed at young girls and which consists of a series of simple...

Windows (2004) and PlayStation (2004)

Cindy's Fashion World is a single player game aimed at young girls and which consists of a series of simple...

Cinema Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Cinema Empire is a typical managerial simulation where the player manages a movie theater. The basic work procedure is no...

Nintendo DS (2006)

One day out of the blue, a dog with large ears that enables it to fly, dropped out of the...

Circus Empire Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Circus Empire is a game in Enlight's Empire series. In this game the player has to manage a circus.Of primary...

Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1988), ZX Spectrum (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

Ladiiiieeeees and gentlemeeeeennnnn! Children of all ages! The Greatest Show on Earth proudly presents... Circus Games!As a tiger trainer, you...

Cities in Motion Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

In Cities in Motion the player needs to design and plan the public traffic network of four cities: Vienna, Helsinki,...

Cities in Motion 2 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Cities in Motion 2 is a simulation of public traffic. While the predecessor offered historical scenarios, this one is completely...

Cities in Motion 2: Back to the Past Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Back to the Past is the first downloadable content (DLC) for Cities in Motion 2, which features one new bus,...

Cities in Motion 2: Marvellous Monorails Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Marvellous Monorails is the third downloadable content (DLC) for Cities in Motion 2, which features five new vehicle types: Capitol...

Cities in Motion 2: Olden Times Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013) and Macintosh (2013)

Olden Times is the second downloadable content (DLC) for Cities in Motion 2, which features two new buses, one ferry,...

Cities: Skylines Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Cities: Skylines is a 3D city building simulator that allows players to create and manage large scale cities. Keeping a...

Cities XL Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Cities XL a city builder very similar to SimCity but with many more features and things the player has to...

Cities XL 2011 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Cities XL 2011 is the sequel to the city building/managing simulator Cities XL and as such, it expands on the...

Cities XL (Limited Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Limited Edition includes: Cities XL Five landmark buildings Two mega-construction blueprints A special web-award An exclusive Cities XL-t-shirt for...

Windows (2010) and Wii (2010)

City Builder is a family-friendly puzzle game about building your own cities across 5 continents around the world. Build roads,...

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...

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