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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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Windows (2002)

CR Umi Monogatari is a pachinko simulation game, part of Irem's long-running Pachinko Paradise series. It is a stripped-down port...

Windows (2001)

CR Wan Wan Paradise is a pachinko simulation game, part of Irem's long-running Pachinko Paradise series. It is a stripped-down...

CRW: Counter Revolution War PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (1996)

It is the year 2037. The defense department has established the new Fourth Special Division, the Special Mobile Unit. It...

Crystal Ball DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988)

Crystal Ball is a shareware program that makes predictions about the future! This game features two modes. In the first...

DOS (1997)

Crystal Pixels is a 3D "simulation" from the mid 1990's, created by Alessandro Ghignola, who has gone on to create...

DOS (1991)

Cube is a single-player, freeware, Rubik's cube simulation. The game starts with the cube in the 'solved' position and the...

Apple II (1982)

Designed as a form of computerized aid for Rubik's Cube players, this game simulates the popular cubic puzzle containing a...

Cubivore GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

Cubivore is a "Call of the Wild" brought to an interactive media. Gento Matsumotos serene and surreal portrait of wilderness...

Cubo iPad Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2010) and iPad (2010)

Cubo is a simple Simon Says game where players need to memorize and reproduce an increasingly longer sequence. It is...

Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Cuisine Party is a party game. At the beginning, you choose a cook from among five international cooks. After this...

Curiosity iPad Front Cover

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

Curiosity is an experimental game about chipping away blocks on a giant cube. The game consists of a large cube...

Curling 2006 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Curling 2006 is a seldom seen simulation of the tactical sport Curling which is also part of the Olympic Winter...

Windows (1999)

Curse You! Red Baron is an arcade-style flight game. It has three gameplay options: Dogfight, Red Baron Challenge, and Hot...

Windows (2009)

Custody is an experimental art game created for the 2009 Global Game Jam by the USA Santa Cruz group Team...

PC-98 (1993)

A young man finds a mysterious box. Making sure no one is at home, he opens the box and finds...

PC-98 (1994)

The second game in the Custom Mate series once again allows the hero to create the girl of his dreams;...

Windows (1996) and PC-98 (1995)

It's Christmas. Hayashi Ryuusuke is walking through the crowded city, feeling sad that he is alone on such a day....

Custom Robo GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

This is the fourth installment in the Custom Robo series, but the first one to be released outside of Japan....

Windows (2005)

An 18-years-old orphan girl is inspired by her guardian fairy sets out to seek her destiny in a nearby city,...

Cute Knight Deluxe Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Cute Knight Deluxe is an upgraded version of Cute Knight, a casual life simulation role-playing game. It adds new and...

Cut It Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Revisiting the simple physics puzzles of the earlier Crayon Physics, in this quick prototype game the goal is to bring...

Cutthroats: Terror on the High Seas Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

You are a 17th Century pirate in the Caribbean. You can do all kinds of pirate things: rape, pillage, capture...

PC-98 (1994)

Cuty Cop is a game modeled after a Japanese TV show quiz, but with a background story: valuable papers have...

CyberJudas DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

Cyber Judas is the sequel to Shadow President, where in both games it's all about power, government, diplomacy, sovereignty and...

MSX (1990) and PC-98 (1989)

You have been selected as one of the few lucky male pupils to go to the famous Cybernetic Hi-School. But...

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