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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 (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...

Windows (1998)

Creatures Deluxe is a compilation which includes: Creatures Life Kit #1 (Expansion pack) In addition to the usual hatching and...

Linux (2001) and Windows (2001)

Creatures Docking Station is a free multiplayer add-on for the game Creatures 3. The game can also be played stand-alone...

Linux (2001), Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2009)

Creatures Internet Edition is a compilation of the base game Creatures 3 and the free multiplayer add-on Creatures Docking Station....

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Creatures: Life Kit #1 is an add-on for the life simulation game Creatures. It offers three new variants of the...

Windows (2000)

Creatures Playground is a spin-off from the game Creatures for children. Like the other titles in the series you start...

Creatures: Raised in Space PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2002), PSP (2009) and PlayStation 3 (2009)

Creatures: Raised in Space is essentially a Playstation port of the pet simulator game Creatures 3, with modified gameplay mechanics....

Creatures: The Albian Years Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Creatures: The Albian Years is a compilation of: Creatures Creatures: Life Kit #1 Creatures 2 Creatures 2: Life Kit #1...

The Creatures Trilogy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

The Creatures Trilogy is a compilation of Creatures, Creatures 2 and Creatures 3. It also includes the add-ons Life Kit...

Creatures Village Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Creatures Village is a compilation of Creatures Adventures and Creatures Playground. Combined they create one huge world. Linking the games...

ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

Crete 1941 is a wargame recreating operation Merkur, at that time the biggest airborne invasion, conducted by German paratroops (Fallschirmjäger)...

Crime and Punishment Apple II Front Cover

DOS (1984), Commodore 64 (1984) and Apple II (1984)

Crime and Punishment is a courtroom simulation, where you play the judge. The emphasis lies on deciding the punishment, rather...

Crimson Skies Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

Crimson Skies is an arcade flight simulator, set in an alternate reality in the year 1937. Based on a FASA...

Cross Racing Championship 2005 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

CRC 2005 mixes rally and road racing in one single game, with very different vehicles, and racing circuits, of which...

Cross Roads: Green Wave Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Back in the days of the Commodore 64 there was a game named Traffic in which you could control traffic...

Windows (2001)

CR Sushiya no Taishō is a pachinko simulation game, part of Irem's long-running Pachinko Paradise series. It is a stripped-down...

Cruise Ship Vacation Games Wii Front Cover

Wii (2009)

Cruise Ship Vacation Games is a collection of 8 mini games that can be played in Career Mode or Free...

Cruis'n World Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1997) and Arcade (1996)

While Cruis'n USA takes the player on a trip across the highways of America, Cruis'n World leads them to race...

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...

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