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Simulation video games aim to create play around closely simulated real-world activities. This could be a battlefield, landscape, motor racing, farming, flying or just a kitchen. The novelty is that you are not only playing a game but interacting with complex systems modelling the real-world in some way. This opens the door for creative and inventive approaches to succeeding in the game. It also provides the player with an open-world in which to spend time simply experiencing the simulation. Almost any game can offer a simulation experience as this can combine with most genres to skew gameplay in a more realistic and open direction. This can mean that players enjoy a particular game not because of the shooting or racing but because it's a chance to spend time in a simulated world or system they enjoy.From an educational and experiential perspective, a simulation game offers an entirely new way to learn and understand the world. Rather than a cold or external understanding of how things work, this offers an embodied experience of a system as the player moves and interacts with the simulation from within.
Release Date: 20/07/2020
Out Now: Web
Components: 2D Side-On and Text
Blaseball is an online baseball simulation. Unusually though, it blends in an absurd horror story where players are incinerated and the rules can change -- a little like the board game Blood Bowl. Players compete not so much to get their team to win,...
Release Date: 01/12/2019
Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Text
Bad News is a role-play game about building a news media organisation. It's designed to highlight bias in the news by putting you in charge of a series of decisions to build a profitable company. All you do is answer questions, but as you do the...
Release Date: 13/11/2002
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
NationStates is a government simulation game where you manage a virtual country's administration. You do this by responding to issues which affect your nation's political freedom, civil rights, and economy. It is up to you to decide how your country is...
Release Date: 24/01/2019, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, Web and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Lucky Life is a traversal game where you navigate dangerous obstacles to get to the flag. To play you move left or right and can jump or crouch. In this way, you work with the game's physics to avoid dangerous saws, knives, arrows, spikes and bombs.
Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon
Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.
Release Date: 20/10/2016
Out Now: Mac, PC and Web
We Become What We Behold is a short narrative game where you take pictures of a group of characters going about their everyday life. You play by positioning the camera with your mouse to capture moments of life. It's novel because this seemingly...