With the closing of Sim developer Maxis, take a look back at a few of Maxis’s least-known games that aren’t available to play.
This 80s text-based game driving sim is as detailed as it is intermittently dull. That’s no coincidence.
Combining first-person shooters and strategic simulation around a specific location is a brilliant concept. Defcon 5 implements it in an extremely flawed way, though enough that you can see what works.
To excel in Executive Suite‘s cutthroat business simulation, you have to act like a cutthroat businessperson. Getting into that role is a different kind of challenge.
John Hiles, unapologetic, reflects on SimHealth, what games can learn about cognition, and where Will Wright was wrong
John Hiles, head of Maxis Business Simulations and Thinking Tools, shares his perspective on the foundational theories of the simulation genre and responds to criticism of the value of predictive simulation games.
Life & Death accurately simulates the stress and challenge of hospital work. Not for the faint of heart or those easily deterred by a steep challenge.
A clever scenario mode guarantees that anyone can jump into QuarterPole and have fun watching a horse race, though its depth might confuse those who aren’t fans of the real thing.
Rockstar! energizes a rise-to-fame simulation with R-rated humor that eventually turns tasteless and ineffectual.
This bait-and-switch roller coaster game captures none of the joy of building, riding, or even looking at a theme park ride. (It burned me out of the entire genre as a kid, so pardon me while I rip into it for a while.)
A product of Maxis’s former business simulation division, SimHealth embodies the potential and danger of using games as educational tools for public policy and debate.