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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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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...

Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

The sequel to Cossacks, Cossacks 2: Napoleonic Wars is set in the 18th–19th century and involves Europe and parts of...

DOS (1990), Amiga (1991) and Atari ST (1990)

In the game you play a role of the special agent Cougar. Your mission is to penetrate the criminal's fortress...

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

Based on the book of the same title by Rod Clements.Help Henry and his dog, Frank, to guess the number...

County Fair Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

County Fair is a building construction and management game with a funfair theme. It superficially resembles games like Theme Park,...

Covetous Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Covetous is a short game for the Ludum Mini-Dare 20 event with "Greed" as the theme. The player guides an...

Crane Simulator 2009 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Crane Simulator 2009 is a single player simulation that puts the player in the cabin of a crane in various...

Browser (2010)

Crate Crash is a online physics puzzler game, where the player has to clear the screen of different sized boxes...

Crazy Machines 1.5: More Gizmos, Gadgets, & Whatchamacallits Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Crazy Machines 1.5 is the 2nd game in the Crazy Machines series. This title consists of the translated versions of...

Crazy Machines 2 Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Crazy Machines 2 for the DS is the sequel to the well-known puzzle and experiment solving game. The professor is...

DOS (1993)

A board game challenge featuring two board games: Checkers and Backgammon. Both are recreated accurately, and with three skill levels....

Crazy Quiz Wii Front Cover

Wii (2010)

Crazy Quiz is a 4-player quiz game set in a virtual TV studio where host Max runs a quiz show....

Create A Pop Sensation Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1998)

Create A Pop Sensation is a single player, music making game.In this game the player selects members of a band,...

Create City Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Create City is a game in which the player builds cities and manages the financial and food resources needed to...

Creatures Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996), PlayStation (2001), Game Boy Advance (2002) and Macintosh (1996)

Creatures is a biological simulation. You start with six eggs of Norns, cute little creatures who live in an imaginary...

Creatures 2 Windows Front Cover - Game version sold in press.

Windows (1998)

Creatures 2 is the sequel to Creatures. In Creatures 2 the player is again put in charge of caring for...

Windows (1998)

Creatures 2 Deluxe is a combination of the game Creatures 2 and it's first add-on Creatures 2: Life Kit #1....

Windows (1998)

Creatures 2: Life Kit #1 is an add-on for the life simulation game Creatures 2. It offers a new breed...

Windows (1999)

Creatures 2: Life Kit #2 is an add-on for the life simulation game Creatures 2. It features two packs that...

Creatures 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

You're trying to successfully breed a population of Norns. Norns are creatures that were created a thousand years ago by...

Windows (1999)

Creatures Adventures is a game about caring for and observing members of a fictional race of creatures called norns. The...

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