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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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Conflict 2500 Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1981), TRS-80 (1981), Commodore PET/CBM (1981) and FM-7 (1982)

It is the year 2500 and the galaxy has been at peace for many years. Until now! A fleet of...

Conflict: Europe DOS Front Cover

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

Essentially an update of 8-bit game Theatre Europe, your task is again to play World War 3 scenarios fighting as...

Conflict in Vietnam PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986) and Atari 8-bit (1986)

The third and final installment in Microprose's Command series of war games simulates five key battles in Vietnam, beginning with...

Conflict: Korea - The First Year 1950-51 DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Amiga (1992)

Conflict: Korea is a detailed wargame/simulation which concentrates on the first year of the Korean war. Three historical scenarios let...

Conflict: Middle East DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and Amiga (1991)

Conflict: Middle East is a detailed wargame/simulation of the Arab/Israeli Wars from 1973 until the present (1991). The action is...

Constellation Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Constellation is a space trade game. The player's task is manufacturing, trade in raw materials and speculation on interplanetary exchanges....

Construction Destruction Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Play the vehicles of your own Construction Company, players can bid on jobs and accomplish them. Game includes 7 vehicles...

Constructor DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (2010), PlayStation (1998), Macintosh (2012) and PS Vita (2012)

Constructor gives the player the chance to run a construction company in a place where real estate is up for...

Controller Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

Part of heightened public interest in air traffic controllers, there was a flurry of simulations in the early 1980's. Avalon...

DOS (1996), Windows (2001) and Palm OS (2001)

Some programs conventionally considered games are simulators that have been described as "software toys", such as Little Computer People or...

Cooking Academy Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and iPhone (2010)

Cooking Academy is a cooking game similar to Cooking Mama, where the objective is to make dishes by performing a...

Cooking Academy 2: World Cuisine Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

Cooking Academy 2: World Cuisine is the second entry in a cooking simulator series with Cooking Mama-inspired gameplay. It is...

Cooking Mama Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006) and iPhone (2009)

Cooking Mama is, as the name implies, a game where you cook!The player takes orders from various customers and then...

Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Mama is back! She's brought her sauciness back to the Ninentdo DS with more to do this time around. There...

Cooking Mama: Cook Off Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Cook Off is the follow-on game after the Nintendo DS Cooking Mama game. This time mama teaches you to cook...

Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals Browser Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2008)

Released just before the annual North American holiday Thanksgiving Day, where traditionally turkey is served as dinner, this game is...

CoPilot Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

CoPilot is an add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 and Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002. The program is used to simplify...

DOS (1992)

Corncob 3-D: The Other Worlds Campaign is an alternate version of the original Corncob 3-D which could be purchased directly...

Corncob Deluxe DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Corncob Deluxe takes place in an alternative history where World War II never happened. But all is not well. Instead...

Windows (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Prove you are the BEST.This is a business simulation game that puts the player up against tough competition. As Marketing...

Corporate Raider:  The Pirate of Wall St. DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

"The object of the game is to make a fortune by acquiring as many companies as posible within each industry...

Corvette GT Evolution Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

Evolution GT is a simulation-racing game that gives the player the opportunity to experience the life of a real racing...

The Cosmic Balance Apple II Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

Design your own starships and send them out for combat against the computer player. With limited space for equipment, a...

Cosmic Colony Android Front Cover

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

Cosmic Colony is a social city builder game. The player is tasked with colonizing an alien planet. The player can...

CosmiCube Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Reminiscent of classic games such as Marble Madness, the goal of CosmiCube is to help the ball to its goal...

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