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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 (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...

MSX (1990) and PC-98 (1989)

Something strange is afoot in town. A midnight rider is assaulting drivers on the highway, bombarding them with tricky quiz...

Cybernetic Hi-School Part 3: Gunbuster MSX Front Cover

MSX (1990) and PC-98 (1990)

Just like the two previous Cybernetic Hi-School games, the third part is a strip quiz game. This time, it is...

CyberStrike DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994)

(From the back of the box): "I'ts kill or be killed. Move or die. Match wits against real players in...

Cycling Manager Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In Cycling Manager, the player gets the opportunity to bring a cycling team to the top. It's possible to sit...

Windows (2002)

Cycling Manager 2 is a sequel to Cycling Manager . In the game you manage a cycling team and have...

Cycling Manager 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Cycling Manager 3 is the 2003 edition of the Cycling Manager series.New features are: Reach sponsor goals, if not be...

Cycling Manager 4 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Cycling Manager puts you at the head of a professional cycling team. You need to organise and plan contracts, budgets,...

DOS (1985), ZX Spectrum (1983), TRS-80 CoCo (1982) and Dragon 32/64 (1982)

One of the world's first chess games designed for experts, Cyrus is also unfortunately one of the least known due...

Daigasso! Band Brothers Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2004)

Daigasso! Band Brothers is music game in which the player can choose any instrument in a song, and then perform...

Daigasso! Band Brothers Request Selection Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

This is an expansion cartridge for Daigasso! Band Brothers for the Nintendo DS. It contains a selection of songs that...

Daisy Fuentes Pilates Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Pilates is a system of exercise created in the 1920s by Joseph H. Pilates as a form of physical therapy...

PlayStation 2 (2008)

24 is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito Giken,...

PlayStation 2 (2006)

Hihōden is a digital recreation of the pachi-slot machine (Japanese slot machine) of the same name made by Daito Giken....

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