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Simulation games. These titles put emphasis on simulating authentic (or fictional) actions in the most realistic manner possible. They allow the player e.g. to control civil (digger, crane, bus) or military vehicles (plane, tank, warship). Life simulation games (especially The Sims series) are very specific example of titles in this category, because they can simulate almost infinite number of aspects of human lives.

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Farm&Fix 2020
Farm&Fix 2020

Simulation 2020

A simulator that allows you to play the role of a farmer. Production offers an open world and a number of attractive mechanics, such as the possibility of repairing vehicles and renovating farm buildings. SimFabric studio is responsible for its creation. The publisher of the title is the Polish company PlayWay.

PC Building Simulator
PC Building Simulator

Simulation 29 January 2019

PC Building Simulator is a unique production that is more of a training app than a game, where we will try ourselves in building a Personal Computer or learning how to do so. It was created by a single Romanian programmer known as Claudiu. When we start our adventure with PC Building Simulator, we have a simple PC case at our disposal and we have to put the motherboard, the power supply unit, the GPU, and other PC components in the right place. After doing so, we will have to connect them with the right cables. The game uses a simple and intuitive interface. The creator of PC Building Simulator was authorized by the leading manufacturers of PC parts to use the likeness of their products. Thanks to that, we will use PC parts that we can actually buy in stores.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Scandinavian Expansion
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Scandinavian Expansion

Simulation 07 May 2015

The second large expansion to a popular economic game simulating truck driving, created by Czech studio SCS Software. As the title suggests, the add-on expands the game’s map by three Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and their respective road networks. During your career as a virtual driver you can visit such cities as Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Malmo, and Karlskrona. The locations were recreated based on authentic maps and photos. There are many other landmarks, including the headquarters of the famous car manufacturers Scania and Volvo. The game also introduces new types of roads and crossroads, and since most of Scandinavian trade is moved by sea, you will be visiting several well-known harbors. Finally, you get to admire the beautiful mountain landscapes and have to deal with tough weather conditions typical of this part of the continent.

Spore
Spore

Simulation 03 September 2008

An unusual simulator, in which your objective is to bring to life a perfectly functioning species of organisms, starting from the lowest step on the evolution ladder. The game is developed by the legendary studio Maxis, led by Will Wright – the man responsible for such cult series as SimCity and The Sims. Mechanics combine elements of many game genres and each stage of your organism’s evolution offers a bit different quests and altered gameplay. Starting with the cell cycle and ending with a whole community, the game offers enormous scope of modification in regard to the appearance and other traits of your species. In later stages of evolution, the primitive organism gets a mouth, limbs, and other attributes that influence its ability to adapt and cope in various external conditions. With the game's progress, elements of competition with other species emerge and our, initially small, village becomes a huge metropolis with the newest technology.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Simulation 13 October 2006

A new installment in the most famous civil aircraft simulator from Microsoft. The new edition stands apart with its improved visuals and support for DirectX10 multimedia libraries, enabling the developers to introduce spectacular weather effects and accurate aircraft models. The world of Microsoft Flight Simulator X is built from over 24 thousand airfields from all around the world. The players can choose from numerous authentic aircraft, from commercial airliners (including Boeing 787 and Airbus A321), through stunt planes and helicopters, and up to hydroplanes (Grumman G-21 Goose). Moreover, we are also given a Learning Center, an extensive training mode, and a number of basic missions and challenges that offer a number of hidden rewards when completed. The game contains a multiplayer component, with LAN as well as online modes. Microsoft Flight Simulator X also introduces the ability to use all of the add-ons released for the previous installments of the series.

The Sims 4: Realm of Magic
The Sims 4: Realm of Magic

Simulation 10 September 2019

Add-on to the popular life simulation The Sims 4, the Realm of Magic expansion enriches the game with a magical land where heroes can learn how to spell and brew enchanted potions, as well as gain a hiding place and a lot of new items.

Spintires
Spintires

Simulation 13 June 2014

A realistic heavy vehicles off-road simulation game, developed by the British studio Oovee Games. Spintires lets the players try their skills as a professional driver, transporting cargo across Russian wilderness. Virtual truckers can sit behind the wheels of carefully designed models of several Soviet off-road vehicles and trucks (including the legendary MAZ-7310), as well as modern models. The job requires from the players much more than just spinning the wheel and putting pedal to the metal. Each course has to be carefully planned, e.g. as to the amount of fuel needed. Successful runs are rewarded with cash, needed for buying truck modifications or new vehicles. Spintires stands out with detailed graphics and advanced driving model based on Havok Physics.

The Sims 3: World Adventures
The Sims 3: World Adventures

Simulation 17 November 2009

The first large expansion for the third installment in the bestselling The Sims series by EA Maxis. The expansion titled World Adventures allows your Sims to leave the noisy city for a while and relax in several fictional locations — although all of them were based on real-life places. During their exotic voyages, your Sims can make new friends and try a variety of previously unavailable activities, such as learning martial arts in a Chinese monastery, exploring Egyptian tombs, or taking a romantic walk in the French Champs Les Sims. Your Sims can also bring movies, photos, and souvenirs from their journeys. For the players who'd rather like to stay at home, there are new wallpapers, carpets and other furnishing elements, which bring a breath of fresh air to your Sims' lives.

The Sims
The Sims

Simulation 02 February 2000

A bestselling life simulator developed by Maxis, a studio that specializes in the genre (they've created SimCity, SimTown and other titles). The Sims enables the player to take care of a virtual family of Sims. During the game the player must take care of various needs of his characters – starting with typically physiological ones (eating, toilet, hygiene etc.), through social relations, to career. The player has great freedom in expanding his family’s house, which can be furnished with various items that will be useful for the Sims. The gameplay mechanics are based on very simple principles and lack any violence, making the game a good title for casual players. A specific humor and large number of funny animations of character’s reactions are worth mentioning.

X-Plane 11
X-Plane 11

Simulation 30 March 2017

Another edition of one of the most advanced flight simulation games in development since the 90s by Laminar Research, a studio connected to NASA. X-Plane 11 does not deviate from the standards of the series in any way and offers its players the possibility of piloting a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft — starting from light planes, through giant passenger planes, and ending with helicopters. Traditionally, the game is characterized by impressive realism both in terms of the accurate recreation of available machines and flight physics. Compared to its predecessors, the production offers a revamped user interface, enhanced avionics, and even more detailed, fully functional 3D cockpits. Moreover, the title features new buildings and roads that better recreate the characteristics of Europe as well as airports that teem with life. There, we can see all kinds of vehicles, including maintenance and other AI-controlled machines.

Raft
Raft

Simulation 2021

A survival game, in which you're drifting at sea on the eponymous raft. Your task is mostly gathering resources and food, improving your raft, and crafting useful tools, which is often made more difficult by marine predators.

Elite: Dangerous
Elite: Dangerous

Simulation 16 December 2014

The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.

Farming Simulator 20
Farming Simulator 20

Simulation 03 December 2019

Simulation game representing a series developed since 2008. Farming Simulator 20 is based on Farming Simulator 19, a leading game with the ability to grow oats and cotton, raise cows, pigs and sheep, and use John Deere vehicles and machines.

Police Simulator: Patrol Duty
Police Simulator: Patrol Duty

Simulation 18 June 2019

Police Simulator: 18 is a simulation game where we play as police officers, developed by Bigmoon Entertainment and published by Astragon Entertainment. The game takes us to a fictional city inspired by the American metropolises. We can patrol the city (or simply explore it) on foot or by using various vehicles. Our primary objective is to catch criminals and bring them to justice. As we play, we will use your typical police equipment: handcuffs, radio, and a wide range of firearms. In addition to that, we will also take part in car chases and firefights, just like in the classic action movies. The game can be played alone or with other players in the cooperative multiplayer mode.

Everything
Everything

Simulation 21 March 2017

Developed by an indie developer David O’Reilly, Everything generates worlds, which you can watch from any perspective you like. Each universe can be observed in both micro and macro scale. You start playing in a particular place of a procedurally generated world, but the rest is completely up to you – you are free to take control of a single atom, animal, or object, and focus on its immediate whereabouts, or control an entire planet, star or even galaxy. The gameplay has no specific goal – what you do and why you do it is your choice. As you jump between different elements of the universe you create its encyclopedia – objects that you discover are catalogued, after which you can view them in a special menu. All that is complemented by decent graphics and atmospheric soundtrack as well as lectures of the philosopher Alan Watts. Interestingly, Everything is the first video game in history nominated for Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film thanks to its several-minute trailer – that film had also won jury’s award at Vienna Shorts Festival.

Digital Combat Simulator World
Digital Combat Simulator World

Simulation 30 April 2012

A free gaming platform that integrates all installments of the popular Digital Combat Simulator simulation series into a single interface. It was developed by Eagle Dynamics, a Russian developer studio. Thanks to this solution, each game of the franchise is compatible with the rest and lets their users play on the same servers. The product works as a kind of an operating system for Digital Combat Simulator titles. It provides a common service with a simple interface that allows us to combine games into a single installation and to manage their data. Not only does it improve their cooperation but also updates them automatically. DCS: World features mod support and a mission editor. The above features are complemented by a gameplay recording system and a multiplayer matchmaking mechanic.

UBOAT
UBOAT

Simulation 2020

An open world submarine simulator created in Poland by Deep Water Studio. The game takes place during World War II and the player assumes the role of a captain of a German submarine who completes various missions inspired by historical events. Mechanics of UBOOT combine the features of Silent Hunter and Fallout Shelter and the main task of the player is to take care of the crew. One must consider physical and emotional limitations of his subordinates, assign functions to them etc. Each crew member has his own personality and different weaknesses which can be revealed if the captain fails to keep balance between discipline and despotism. As the game progresses one can upgrade the submarine, but our opponents obtain new technologies, such as radar, as well. UBOOT is a three-dimensional game but most of the time the action is shown on a cross-section of the submarine.

Bum Simulator
Bum Simulator

Simulation 2020

Bum Simulator is a humoristic simulator that recreates the life of a bum. The action takes place in an open world, and the gameplay revolves around surviving, as well as completing a number of activities and missions.

The Sims: Medieval
The Sims: Medieval

Simulation 22 March 2011

The Sims: Medieval is a spin-off installment of the popular life simulator The Sims. The title was developed by Maxis. As the title suggests, the game takes place during the Middle Ages, albeit with a humorous spin. Similarly as in the other Sims games, the player must take care of the needs of the virtual characters. Depending on selected profession (for example king, knight, wizard, bard, blacksmith), the events are shown from different perspective and the available missions vary. The creators of The Sims: Medieval focused on immersion and allowed the players to have strong impact on the shape of the game world, including the looks of the characters.

X4: Foundations
X4: Foundations

Simulation 30 November 2018

A sandbox space simulator developed by Egosoft. It is the fourth full-fledged installment of the popular series X. Similarly to its predecessors, X4: Foundations focuses mostly on giving the players a freedom in how they want to play. At the beginning the player takes control of a cheap space ship with weak specifications. He is being thrown into the middle of an open galaxy. Depending on their choices, they can become a space merchant, a pirate, a soldier, a bounty hunter, an assassin, an explorer or a miner. The gameplay mechanics are more faithful to the first games in the series than to the newest installments. Many simplifications were removed in favor of mechanics known from X3: Terran Conflict, now improved and upgraded with some novelties. The player can pilot many types of ships that can be freely upgraded and modified. The dynamical game world is constantly shaped by player’s actions.

World of Warships
World of Warships

Simulation 17 September 2015

After World of Tanks and World of Warplanes, Wargaming.net (the company also known for strategy games like Massive Assault, Galactic Assault, and Order of War) brings us yet another MMO. Similarly to its predecessors, the game allows us to participate in the various armed conflicts of the twentieth-century; this time, commanding our own warship. The authors reproduced an impressive number of actual vessels with great attention to detail, taking into account not only their appearance but also firepower and numerous technical parameters. Furthermore, in order to diversify the gameplay, the creators introduced an option that enables ship modifications, adding a strategic aspect to the game. The mechanics focus around proven patterns, typical of online games and aimed primarily at competition and cooperation between players in one of several game modes available. It’s also possible to set up clans and player rankings. The in-game economy system is shared between all games in the series.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Road to the Black Sea
Euro Truck Simulator 2: Road to the Black Sea

Simulation December 2019

Road to the Black Sea is the sixth major add-on to the Euro Truck Simulator 2 by SCS Software. Enlargement focuses on the faithful representation of Romania, Bulgaria and the Turkish Thrace.

Space Engineers
Space Engineers

Simulation 28 February 2019

A sandbox simulation game developed by the independent studio Keen Software House. The action of Space Engineers takes place in space, and the players assume the role of engineers whose task is to build bases, gather resources, and ensure the colony’s survival. The title was created based on the NASA forecasts concerning the conditions of space colonization in the coming years. There are two game modes to choose from: creative mode and survival mode. The players are given a lot of freedom of action in both cases, including the ability to construct their own spaceships and machines as well as to transform the environment. Space Engineers is powered by the in-house VRAGE 2.0 engine, featuring an advanced physics simulation module.

Farming Simulator 2011
Farming Simulator 2011

Simulation 18 October 2010

A farming simulator from the popular series known simply as Farming Simulator, developed by GIANTS Software studio. Players take on a role of a young farmer who has to develop 4 square kilometers of land. He must gather funds necessary to establish a modern farm, which he can only achieve through hard work. We must cultivate the land, sow plants and harvest crops, as well as trade collected goods. We make use of various farming machines, like tractors, ploughs, seeders, balers, cultivators, etc. (30 in total), which can be bought with the money we earn. Farming Simulator 2011 introduces cattle breeding, with cows requiring constant feeding and taking care of, providing us in return with natural fertilizer and milk. There is also a career mode, which lets us invite other players to cooperation.

Alaskan Truck Simulator
Alaskan Truck Simulator

Simulation 2020

An unusual production, combining a truck driving simulator with a survival game. Alaskan Truck Simulator has the official Discovery Channel license. The game was developed by the Polish studio Movie Games, and PlayWay is responsible for its release.

Stranded Deep
Stranded Deep

Simulation 2021

A realistic survival game created by a debuting Australian studio Beam Team Games. The player assumes the role of a plane crash survivor who struggles to remain alive on one of the uninhabited islands of the Pacific. Unlike most games of this genre, this production is focused not only on the exploration of the island itself, but it also encompasses the ocean floor around it. Both areas are randomly generated before each game. The life of our hero can be endangered by various threats: hunger, thirst, heat during the day, or a sudden drop in temperature at night. An encounter with a shark or sailing into the open sea during a storm may also prove deadly. Additionally, the game features an intuitive crafting system, which allows the player to create simple tools as well as more advanced structures such as a raft or a makeshift hut. High quality graphic design, featuring dynamic weather and a night-and-day cycle, stands out in comparison to other games of this popular genre.