A simulation video game describes a wide-ranging super-category of video games, generally designed to closely simulate real world activities.
Most games hang their hats on their visuals, their stories or feats of button-dancing frenzy, but the humble simulation game is a favorite at our table. And there are many wonderfully idiosyncratic and banal blissfully banal simulation games out there.
The genre remains alive and kicking. Even in an age of epic graphics-intensive blockbuster games, there’s still a warm place for a good simulation game.
We present you with our recommendations in the world of simulation games. Every single game is totally free. All of them are open source games, so you can share, modify, and if there’s any time left over, even play them to your heart’s content.
|CRRCSim||Model-airplane flight simulation. Using CRRCSim you can learn how to fly model aircraft, test new aircraft designs, and improve your skills|
|Danger from the Deep||World War II german submarine simulator|
|Endgame: Singularity||Simulation of a true AI. Go from computer to computer, pursued by the entire world|
|Flight Gear||Highly sophisticated flight simulator|
|GL-117||OpenGL- and SDL-based action flight simulator|
|RE: Alistair++||Dating sim featuring a female protagonist and male bachelors|
|openBVE||Realistic 3D train/railway simulator|
|OpenTTD||Simulation game based upon Transport Tycoon Deluxe|
|PyTraffic||Python simulation of the game Rush Hour|
|Rigs of Rods||Soft-body physics simulator mainly targeted at simulating vehicle physics|
|Simutrans||Transportation simulator. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company|
|Skunks||3D driving simulation based on Open Dynamics Engine|
|Speed Dreams||3D motorsport simulation and racing game|
|Thunder&Lightning||Futuristic action flight simulator and realtime strategy game that takes place in a large 3D environment.|
|TORCS||Portable multi platform car racing simulation|
|Unknown Horizons||2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building|
|VDrift||Driving simulation made with drift racing in mind|
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