Category: Simulation

Title screen from Big Rig

Big Rig Simulation category

This 80s text-based game driving sim is as detailed as it is intermittently dull. That’s no coincidence.

Screenshot from Defcon 5

Defcon 5 Shooter categorySimulation category

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.

Screenshot from Executive Suite

Executive Suite Simulation category

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.

Screenshot from Life & Death

Life & Death Simulation category

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.

Screenshot from QuarterPole

QuarterPole Simulation categorySports category

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.

Screenshot from Rockstar!

Rockstar! Simulation category

Rockstar! energizes a rise-to-fame simulation with R-rated humor that eventually turns tasteless and ineffectual.

Screenshot from Roller Coaster Factory

Roller Coaster Factory Simulation category

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.)

Screenshot from SimHealth

SimHealth Educational categorySimulation category

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.

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